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L.A. Partners With Seismologist to Prepare for Next Big Quake

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(FOX 11/ CNS) - Seismologist Lucy Jones will devote much her time this year to preparing the city of Los Angeles for its next big earthquake, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday.

The announcement comes as the city reflects on the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake on its 20th anniversary.

Friday marks two decades since a magnitude-6.7 earthquake centered in Northridge shook Southern California at 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, resulting in 57 deaths, more than 5,000 injured and a fortune -- estimated at more than $20 billion -- in property damage.

"The truth is, while Northridge was a bad earthquake, the big one could be a lot worse," Garcetti said during an event this morning to discuss the partnership with Jones.

"We've gone 20 years here in Los Angeles since the last big earthquake, and because we haven't had a recent reminder of the power and the damage of earthquakes, too many in our city have stopped thinking about how we can best prepare," he said.

Jones, a familiar figure and go-to expert with the U.S. Geological Survey, has been a visiting researcher at Caltech's Seismological Laboratory since 1983.

She "educated millions of Californians on what to do after earthquakes, how to prepare for aftershocks, and prepare ahead of time for earthquakes and the `big one,"' Garcetti said.

Jones will remain a federal government employee, but said the USGS is "donating the majority of her time this year" to working with the city.

"We put 10 million people on top of 100 faults" in Los Angeles County, with the area representing a quarter of the earthquake risk faced in the country, she said.

The disaster-preparedness measures developed in Los Angeles can become a "prototype" used by other cities and regions, she said.

Jones will work with the city through February to prepare a "statement of problems and consequences," then spend the following three months gathering input from the public and consulting with experts.

Jones will complete a draft of recommendations by August, and deliver a refined set of recommendations by the end of the year, Garcetti said.

Councilman Mitch Englander, who chairs the council's Public Safety Committee and represents the Northridge area, is also making a special presentation on the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake in City Council.

Following a presentation by Jones, the council is expected to discuss lessons learned from the 1994 quake and consider a package of at least seven measures and a resolution aimed at improving earthquake safety.

Those motions call for the identification of buildings that are especially vulnerable to collapsing during a major earthquake, including wood-frame "soft-story" residential buildings erected before 1978, "non-ductile" concrete buildings constructed prior to 1976.

Also under consideration is a proposal to create a smartphone app or text-message system to give alerts about earthquakes, a resolution to support funding for earthquake safety improvements, a proposal to hold monthly earthquake drills throughout the city, and a request for a report on the city's earthquake preparedness efforts.

Friday's regular City Council meeting has been canceled to enable council members to attend a commemoration ceremony for the earthquake's anniversary, according to Council President Herb Wesson's spokesperson, Ed Johnson.

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