City posts its faults

Laguna Beach, Calif., has a long history of mudslides. In 1998, one person was killed and 10 injured when El Ni'o rains soaked the coastal city, causing several homes to collapse.

The city is also located over several geological faults, said John Montgomery, assistant director of the city's Community Development Department. So Laguna Beach has put a geographic information system on its Web site, at

The GIS shows property addresses, parcel numbers, zoning information, earthquake faults, floodplains and height restrictions.

The department built the online GIS with ArcIMS from ESRI of Redlands, Calif., and image compression software from AirZip Inc. of San Jose, Calif.

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