Many CA hospitals have risk of collapsing during major earthquake
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October 27, 2011
Many hospital buildings in California are still not earthquake-proof, despite the 1994 landmark law that was passed after the Northridge earthquake requiring hospitals to ensure their buildings would not collapse to a strong earthquake, reports the The Sun.
Hospitals are not only behind on this requirement, which was to be accomplished by 2008, but are even farther behind on non-structural precautions, such as water and power, so even if the hospitals stand, they could not help the injured.
Buildings that are still not structurally sound enough to withstand an earthquake include one containing Loma Linda's emergency department, the county's only Level 1 trauma center. Many hospitals blame the total lack of government funding and tight budgets for the delay.