L.A.'s older concrete buildings a concern after Puente Hills fault quake

On Friday, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit Los Angeles, raising concerns about a major quake along the Puente Hills horizontal fault. Some were forced from their residences because of structural damage, highlighting the concern over older concrete buildings downtown and in the Hollywood area. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that a magnitude 7.5 quake "could kill from 3,000 to 18,000 people and cause up to $250 billion in damage." A large quake along the Puente Hills Fault could cause shaking in an area as large as 25 miles by 15 miles, according to reports.

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