Several buildings in Santa Monica sit on or near the Santa Monica fault and could collapse during an earthquake because the city did not require any seismic studies, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The fault has been extensively studied by scientists who have provided widely available maps that estimate the path, according to the Times.
Whole Foods Market, which opened in 2003, was approved for construction by the city even though geologists warned that it might be directly on top of the fault. There were no indications from city’s records that officials heeded the warning.
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