Quake hazard bill put off



The House version of an earthquake hazard reduction bill passed by the Senate in the aftermath of the October 17 northern California earthquake will not be voted on until after Congress reconvenes in January.

The proposed legislation (H.R. 3533) would revamp the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program, a federally coordinated effort to learn more about earthquakes and how to prepare for them. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, National Science Foundation, and National Institute of Standards and Technology together spent $66 million in 1989 on NEHRP activities, which include modification of buildings and roads, monitoring seismic activity, and earthquake education.