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It doesn't take a large quake to destroy a bad building.

Seattle has been working on the development of a mandatory retrofit ordinance for unreinforced masonry building that are prone to collapse in earthquakes.

LA County took action requiring retrofitting or replacing these buildings long ago but the danger still lingers on. Read how a 5.5 magnitude earthquake in La Puente could wreck 20 downtown buildings in this Southern California town.

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