California hospital that sits on quake fault will close


LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California hospital that sits on an active earthquake fault says it will close because it can’t meet a deadline for state earthquake safety requirements.

Community Medical Center Long Beach announced Monday that it’s given the city four months’ notice that it plans to terminate its lease for the city-owned property.

A seismic study last November found an active fault under the campus.

CEO John Bishop says much of the 94-year-old hospital would have to be demolished in order to meet the June 30, 2019 deadline for complying with new California’s seismic safety rules.

City News Service says Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell of Long Beach has introduced legislation extending the deadline to 2025.

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