Monthly Archives: February 2023

22 February, 2023

Optimum Seismic Sponsors Emergency Preparedness Summit for California Special Districts Association Feb. 24

By |2023-02-27T18:24:45+00:00February 22nd, 2023|Buildings Resilience, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Resilience|

Optimum Seismic, Inc. will be a major sponsor of the California Special Districts Association’s Emergency Preparedness Summit 2023. The virtual summit is a professional development program presented by the USC Price EXED Forum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona, chair of the Assembly […]

9 February, 2023

A 7.8 earthquake like Turkey’s would devastate Southern California.

By |2023-02-10T15:24:37+00:00February 9th, 2023|Seismic Waves|

Optimum Seismic, Inc.

February 2023 Newsletter

Thousands of Californians may be at risk of death and injury in major quakes

Ali Sahabi, GEC
Optimum Seismic, Inc.

How many soft-story apartment buildings will still […]

4 February, 2023

Thousands of apartment buildings face earthquake risks

By |2023-02-08T21:37:27+00:00February 4th, 2023|AACSC, Earthquake Risk|

Wood-framed, soft-story apartment buildings were an iconic part of Southern California’s rapid growth and car-crazed culture prior to 1980. With an open ground floor for parking, and dwelling units stacked above, they maximized land use at the expense of safety.

These structures have since been shown to be among a community’s […]

3 February, 2023

FEMA shows San Diego quake vulnerabilities

By |2023-02-08T21:32:00+00:00February 3rd, 2023|Buildings Vulnerabilities, Earthquake Risk, Earthquake Threats, SDCAA|

What are the odds a major earthquake will damage your San Diego apartment building, other commercial structure or even your home?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazus modeling shows 120,000 buildings could suffer moderate to complete damage – with 8,000 beyond repair – and another 36,000 households could be displaced.

How does […]

2 February, 2023

New construction alone won’t stop L.A.’s housing affordability crisis

By |2023-02-08T21:27:08+00:00February 2nd, 2023|AAGLA, Building Safety, Buildings Resilience, housing affordability|

New luxury apartment homes are sprouting up throughout Los Angeles – in the heart of Koreatown, Little Tokyo, in West Hollywood, Glendale, Culver City, even downtown. Amid all the new construction, the need for more affordable housing continues to grow.

From 2010 to 2019, the city lost thousands of homes considered […]

1 February, 2023

Earthquakes highlight need for resilience in California

By |2023-02-08T21:18:49+00:00February 1st, 2023|AAOC, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

Two recent earthquakes — 6.4 magnitude earthquake and a 5.4 aftershock — have seriously shaken Humboldt County in less than two weeks.  The quakes have damaged bridges, shaken homes off their foundations, left some 72,000 homes and businesses without electricity, and disrupted phone and internet service.

Only the nearby airport and […]

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