A critical look at earthquake preparations in the Los Angeles Basin

by Robert L. Patrick

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In an effort to promote effective earthquake planning and preparedness, and especially to foster an understanding of the need for a well-coordinated master plan, this paper reviews the current state of seismic and geologic knowledge about earthquakes; discusses the current building codes and community planning; and describes the planned responses of government and other agencies to the various problems that will have to be addressed in the aftermath of a great quake. The problems of business and service providers are highlighted. Finally, the author provides a long list of researchable issues in earthquake policy, and makes recommendations for achieving quake readiness in Southern California.

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