- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council passed a law Friday that new cellphone towers be strong enough not just to withstand big earthquakes, but continue working after them.

Even when an earthquake isn’t strong enough to topple towers, the volume of calls can overwhelm cellphone networks.

The council voted 11-0 to approve legislation requiring that towers not attached to buildings have the same seismic resistance as public safety facilities.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://tinyurl.com/mm8jg7g ) that current law only requires that towers not topple in a quake.

The newspaper says the new mandate would make construction about 15 percent more expensive. Retrofitting existing towers was deemed too costly.

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