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Analysis: Many LA Buildings At Risk During Earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP/KTTV) - More than 1,000 aging buildings in Los Angeles County could be at risk of falling down during a major earthquake, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper reported Sunday that the buildings, some nearly a century old, are scattered across both wealthy and modest neighborhoods.

The Times says the structures, built of concrete, are susceptible because they do not contain enough steel reinforcing bars to sustain them during the sideways shaking triggered by a large earthquake.

The newspaper says officials have known of the dangers for decades but have failed to order owners to make the buildings safer.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office says the mayor, who took office July 1, is interested in reviewing the newspaper's findings.

The Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill will take place Thursday morning 10:17am. These drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.

The USGS will not be taking part in the shakeout because of the limited staff during the government shutdown.

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