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MAP: Seismically hazardous buildings in the CSU system

The CSU system appointed a Seismic Review Board to help identify seismically hazardous structures in the early 1990s. Although it has fixed many of the buildings, the system still has 38 buildings rated level five — meaning they would pose serious risks for occupants in a major earthquake — and 28 rated level six, meaning they would potentially collapse in a major quake.

Click on a marker in the map or building name in the adjacent sidebar to view more information about that building. Click the "Zoom To" link in the marker to see an aerial view of the building and the campus.




Seismic risk levels (Sources: CSU Seismic Policy Manual and the California Seismic Safety Commission)

Risk Level

Risk to life

Anticipated results



Potentially no structural damage; negligible non-structural damage.



Negligible structural damage; minor non-structural damage.



Minor structural damage; moderate non-structural damage.



Moderate structural damage; substantial non-structural damage.



Substantial structural damage; extensive non-structural damage.



Extensive structural damage; collapse likely. Extensive non-structural damage.



Unstable under existing vertical loads or earthquakes. Should be vacated until structural upgrading is accomplished. Imminent threat to occupants and/or adjacent property.



Source: California Watch created a database of previously uncompiled records, including data from UC and CSU systems, individual campuses, public records and interviews with campus officials.

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Wayne Hurt's picture
The law says the following: Each city, city and county, or county, may assess the earthquake hazard in its jurisdiction and identify buildings subject to its jurisdiction as being potentially hazardous to life in the event of an earthquake. Potentially hazardous buildings include the following: Unreinforced masonry buildings constructed prior to the adoption of local building codes requiring earthquake resistant design of buildings, are constructed of unreinforced masonry wall construction, and exhibit any of the following characteristics: (A) Exterior parapets or ornamentation that may fall. (B) Exterior walls that are not anchored to the floors or roof. (C) Lacks an effective system to resist seismic forces. (2) Woodframe, multiunit residential buildings constructed before January 1, 1978, where the ground floor portion of the structure contains parking or other similar open floor space that causes soft, weak, or open-front wall lines, as provided in a nationally recognized model code relating to the retrofit of existing buildings or substantially equivalent standards. (b) Structural evaluations made pursuant to this section shall be made by an architect as defined in Section 5500 of the Business and Professions Code, or a civil or structural engineer registered pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 6700) of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code, or staff of the enforcing agency, as described in Section 17960, supervised by an architect or civil or structural engineer authorized by this subdivision to make the structural evaluations. Earthquakes have occurred in 39 states since 1900, and about 90% of Americans live in areas considered seismically active. Yet only a small percentage of people purchase earthquake home insurance. Possibly the most important thing to know about earthquake insurance is this: A basic homeowners policy does not cover earthquake damage. Even if you don't live in an area where earthquakes are common, it's possible you might need earthquake insurance.
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cristianx82's picture
I was looking for this and i really worry about things that will come now cause the future is not looking so bright
CikaPero's picture
I hope they fix these buildings.
Harryson77's picture
I wonder how many people living within this area actually take note of the danger that will inevitably come, a big big quake is long overdue.

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