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Jul142017

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: California Geological Survey, new draft earthquake fault maps, Los Angeles area: "Earthquake fault maps for Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and other Westside areas could bring development restrictions" ....  

***California Geological Survey, new draft earthquake fault maps, Los Angeles area....

* Los Angeles Times (Rong-Gong Lin II, Raoul Ranoa):  "Earthquake fault maps for Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and other Westside areas could bring development restrictions" - From the LAT:

Officials on Thursday released new draft maps showing the locations of earthquake faults in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and the Westside, raising the prospect of development restrictions in areas directly above the fissures. The earthquake faults run along some of Southern California’s most expensive real estate, covering such tony neighborhoods as Brentwood and Pacific Palisades as well as Century City, Westwood and other premium business centers.

The long-awaited maps — which include new boundaries for the Santa Monica, Hollywood and Newport-Inglewood faults — are part of a new effort by the state to locate fault lines so that new buildings are not constructed on top of them.

“It is important to not build on faults,” said Tim Dawson, senior engineering geologist for the California Geological Survey. “Building foundations will tend to break when the earth moves beneath them, damaging the building in the process.” If the ground moves dramatically as a fault breaks the land, a building could completely collapse, Dawson said.

The release of the maps marks the first time the California Geological Survey has issued official draft maps for earthquake faults on the Westside. The new maps complete the western edge of the Hollywood fault, which runs through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and the northern edge of the Newport-Inglewood fault, which runs through Culver City, Pico-Robertson and Mid-City.

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The maps could have implications for future development on the Westside . . . . . . . .

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Once the maps are finalized, state law will require that ..................