City building officials stated Tuesday that they would likely have to examine all of the 29,000 older apartment buildings to see which ones may be especially vulnerable and require retrofitting, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Staff is working on a proposal to help determine which structures are "soft," similar to the more than 200 seriously damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Sixteen people lost their lives in that tremor.
Councilman Tom LaBonge recently made the motion just a few weeks after San Francisco identified more than 3,000 complexes in need of retrofitting and strengthening, a project that could cost property owners between $60,000 and $130,000 per structure.
"We have a choice. We can either be prepared, or not be prepared," he told the Times. "It's about our safety."