A byproduct of the geological research for Metro's Westside subway extension is that the northern end of the deadly Newport-Inglewood Fault is better understand by scientists. What they learned is that a branch of the fault called the West Beverly Hills Lineament reaches up through Culver City and Century City through Beverly Hills almost to Sunset Boulevard. "As a scientist, it’s very exciting,” says Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geologic Survey and Caltech, in a story at ZevWeb.“Knowing that the Newport-Inglewood Fault is active this far north is new.” Newport-Inglewood is the fault that produced the major 1933 Long Beach quake and others through history.
Oh by the way: If you didn't realize, Santa Monica Boulevard on the Westside essentially follows the line of a lesser fault. See the larger map with the story.