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California Hospitals Struggling To Finance Costly Seismic Safety Upgrades
California Independent Voter Network

Besides beaches and pleasant weather, California is also notorious for its occasional earthquakes. When it comes to California hospitals and earthquakes, the legislature considered it of paramount importance to implement a series of regulations to ensure that hospitals were equipped for the safety of patients during critical times.

Retrofitting regulations began shortly after the Sylmar quake with the Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Seismic Safety Act (1973). The legislature allowed a 25 year window for hospitals to get up to date with state standards.