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Look for "Guidelines for Evaluating and Mitigating Seismic Hazards in
California" Special Publication 117, Adopted March 13, 1997. It is very
specific on what needs to be done (detached single family dwellings are

Suresh Acharya, S.E.

>>> mailbox(--nospam--at) 4/18/2006 7:57 AM >>>

Unfortunately, it does not tell a lot.  

Steve Gordin SE
Irvine CA
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bill Allen 
  To: seaint(--nospam--at) 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 7:37 AM
  Subject: RE: Building on Fault Lines

  Research "Alquist-Prieto Earthquake Fault Zoning Act of 1972". That
might tell you something.

  T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.


  Consulting Structural Engineers
   V (949) 248-8588 . F(949) 209-2509

  -----Original Message-----
  From: GSKWY(--nospam--at) [mailto:GSKWY(--nospam--at)] 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 5:26 AM
  To: seaint(--nospam--at) 
  Subject: Building on Fault Lines

  What restrictions do California (and other states) have as far as
building near fault zones? 

  I.e.  is there a minimum required distance through the nominal fault

  Is there a restriction on the type of construction within a certain
distance of the fault line?  I.e. you can't build a nuclear reactor on
top of a known fault line? 

  When did restrictions start going into place? 

  When existing buildings are renovated / converted does there distance
to a fault line become an issue? 

  What document / code are there requirements/restrictions contained

  At what level of government (city / county / state) is this type of
restriction promulgated? 

  Gail Kelley

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