‘Statistically, it’s coming.’ California prepares for the next big earthquake

( CNN) The scene is panicking — entire segments of a Mexico City office building fall away and gate-crash to the grind. The bawl of people acting are nearly worse.

“I’ve seen that video, ” says Mark Schlaich, vice president of engineering at Los Angeles-based Alpha Structural Inc. “It’s what we’re trying to prevent here.” Schlaich brandishes at the central Los Angeles multistory apartment complex he’s resting under, a pre-1 978 wood-frame soft-story building — so-called because the first floor is significantly weaker and more flexible than the tales above it, lacking walls or makes at wall street elevation, generally set aside for parking space.