Liability for quake losses a big concern for LA property owners / by Shaun Evans

 Rescue workers uncover cars, some with people trapped inside, along Park Street in Paso Robles after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the city on Dec. 22, 2003. (Los Angeles Times)

Rescue workers uncover cars, some with people trapped inside, along Park Street in Paso Robles after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the city on Dec. 22, 2003. (Los Angeles Times)

The question of whether property owners can be held liable for earthquake losses bears heavily on Los Angeles, where officials are considering an ambitious plan to publicly identify and require retrofits of potentially dangerous buildings. Some property owners fear that assessing the seismic risks of their buildings will create legal liability in the event of a destructive quake.

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