HOLLYWWOD (CNS) - Los Angeles officials missed signs in a geological report that suggest a $200 million residential and commercial development now under construction in Hollywood might be located above an earthquake fault, a state official said in remarks published today.
The information was contained in reports written by a geotechnical engineering consultant hired by the developer of the Blvd6200 project and filed with the city, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The report, obtained by The Times under the California Public Records Act, said groundwater levels varied by as much as 30 feet below the property. Geologists generally consider uneven groundwater levels in
The city Department of Building and Safety did not raise concerns about an earthquake fault when it reviewed and approved the report in 2007 without requiring any in-depth seismic study.
``One of the most common indicators of the existence of a fault is the presence of an offset groundwater table," Parrish told The Times. ``It can be logically construed that the break in groundwater table elevations is because of the presence of a fault."
Parrish and another geologist who read the report said the differing water levels should have prompted further underground investigation, such as digging a trench and deep holes in the ground to determine whether there is actually a fault.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety told The Times that the agency still believes a seismic study was unnecessary.
``We agree that variations in groundwater levels are sometimes the result of faulting," Luke Zamperini said. But the agency determined Blvd6200 was far enough away from the