California acts to speed up quake fault mapping

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A plan to study earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development is moving forward in California after getting approval from Gov. Jerry Brown.

On Tuesday the California Geological Survey began to zone the Santa Monica fault, which runs through west Los Angeles. It is among 2,000 miles of faulting yet to be mapped statewide.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1o27Emf ) Brown signed off on $1.49 million in new funding this fiscal year specifically for fault zoning.

Under state regulations, developers seeking to build in a fault zone are required to do intensive seismic studies and prove they're not building on a fault. But the law cannot be enforced unless the state completes the maps, which tell developers and cities the general locations of the faults.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com