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Earthquake-risk buildings list requested by city of Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles is shown in this undated file photo.

October 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Los Angeles formally requested a list of some 1,500 buildings that could be at risk of collapsing in an earthquake.

The database of at-risk buildings was created by researchers at University of California, Berkeley.

Those researchers have previously refused to hand over the database saying they fear it would be used to point out specific buildings and lead to lawsuits.

The city has a voluntary program for retro-fitting such at-risk buildings, but stopped short of mandating it due to pressure from property owners who complained about the costs.

City News Service contributed to this report.