Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, shown in January, is backing new earthquake standards designed to keep cellphone towers functioning after a big earthquake.
In 2008, a 7.9 earthquake left a path of destruction in the Chinese province of Sichuan, leveling whole communities and leaving as many as 88,000 dead. On Friday, Los Angeles became the first city in the nation to enact seismic standards for new cellphone towers, part of a new effort to strengthen communications infrastructure in preparation for the next big quake. VTCTA's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students were selected because of their first responder education to demonstrate the drill and illustrate how to remain calm and follow directions during an earthquake. EMS students performed the "drop, cover and hold on" technique, part of the Great Nevada ShakeOut's campaign to stay safe during an earthquake. 9 (UPI) -- Los Angeles' city council is expected to pass the country's most stringent earthquake retrofit safety rules Friday.


21 (UPI) -- New York City Police Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was shot in the head and killed while chasing a robbery suspect. During the drill, students dropped to the floor, took cover under desks and tables and held on to illustrate the proper steps to take during an earthquake.
The ordinance would require up to 15,000 buildings in the city deemed "seismically hazardous" to undergo extensive improvements to secure them in earthquake situations. Concrete buildings and wooden apartment complexes with weak lower stories are primary targets of the rules; over 65 people died in such structures in the city's last two earthquakes. It became known as UPI after a merger with the International News Service in 1958, which was founded in 1909 by William Randolph Hearst.
City government has been slow to respond to recommendations by structural engineers that Los Angeles' housing stock needs to be reinforced against earthquakes, but Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city council, in the past year, have pressed the issue.


They noted failure to prepare for an earthquake could result in a high death toll, as well making large sections of the city unlivable. Under the ordinance, owners of wood-frame housing would have seven years to complete the required retrofits after an order from the city's Department of Building and Safety. The Clark County School District Thursday partnered with local fire departments and Clark County's Office of Emergency Management to educate students about earthquake safety during the Great Nevada ShakeOut drill.



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