A California lawmaker is introducing a bill aimed at improving earthquake safety in the Golden State. Senate Bill 1155 insures buildings will not be constructed on active earthquake faults. State Senator Ted Lieu said his legislation closes a loophole in the law that only restricts construction on zoned faults. Lieu is saying cities are able to completely ignore the unzoned but mapped earthquake faults and build buildings over them. His policy is saying the unzoned faults would be treated the same as the zoned ones.
Eighteeen-hundred miles of faults across California are not yet zoned and Lieu fears they could be the site of buildings vulnerable to earthquakes.