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3 February, 2020

USGS Seismic Hazard Rating Climbs for SoCal Calling for an Increase in Earthquake Retrofitting

By |2020-02-10T16:05:44+00:00February 3rd, 2020|AACSC, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofits|

Earlier predictions of Southern California’s earthquake risk were dire enough as many as 1,800 deaths, 50,000 injuries, and $200 billion in damage with long-lasting social and economic impacts.

New figures from the U.S. Geological Survey are significantly worse: more than 1,000 dead in Los Angeles alone; major transportation corridors destroyed; water […]

2 December, 2019

2019: A Big Year for Quakes and Resiliency

By |2019-12-11T16:31:52+00:00December 2nd, 2019|AACSC|

Unsettling news about earthquakes has rattled much of California this year.

Thirty years after the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, a U.S. Geological Survey geologist is calling the Bay Area a “tectonic time bomb,” and the head of U.C. Berkeley’s Seismological Lab is warning that “Loma Prieta was not the […]

30 November, 2019

Early Warnings for Earthquakes are Great, But They Won’t Protect Your Building

By |2019-12-11T16:53:12+00:00November 30th, 2019|AACSC|

California recently rolled out its early warning system.

And now, new funding from the federal government will help expand or strengthen the system around Lake Tahoe, Death Valley, Mammoth and Bishop, where the potential for major earthquakes has been found.

This is great news. The early warning system operates on a network […]

4 October, 2019

Avoiding the Worry with Your Tenant Habitability Plan for Your Seismic Retrofit

By |2019-10-07T19:04:38+00:00October 4th, 2019|AACSC, Tenant Habitability Process, tenant occupied seismic retrofit|

-Appeared on Apartment Association California, Southern Cities (AACSC).

This article was originally posted on our company website. Optimum Seismic is a seismic retrofitting company based from California.

A key worry among apartment owners faced with any major renovation, repair or alteration of their building is the […]

1 August, 2019

SoCal Quakes Remind us of Risks of Seismic Devastation

By |2019-08-01T23:25:55+00:00August 1st, 2019|AACSC, Optimum Seismic|

-Appeared on Apartment Association California, Southern Cities (AACSC).

Southern California got hit by some monster quakes last month, thankfully with no casualties and little destruction due to the remoteness of the epicenters’ sparsely populated desert location.

The 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude temblors may have occurred in Ridgecrest, but they […]

10 July, 2019

Turn to Science, Not Social Media, for Answers on Earthquake Stability

By |2019-08-01T23:33:09+00:00July 10th, 2019|AACSC, Earthquake Retrofit, FAQ, Seismic Engineering, Seismic Retrofit|

-Appeared on Apartment Association California, Southern Cities (AACSC).

I recently ran across the following question from a Los Angeles woman on Yelp:

Q: Is there a way to know how safe your apartment building is in case of an earthquake?

One respondent stated that if her apartment is […]

5 July, 2019

Alaska Learned from its Mega-Quake. Will We?

By |2019-08-01T23:31:32+00:00July 5th, 2019|AACSC, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofit|

-Appeared on Apartment Association Greater Los Angeles  (AAGLA).

It’s been more than six months since a massive 9.2-magnitude quake shook Southeastern Alaska, and while some businesses are still trying to get their lives back to normal the overwhelming majority of communities there seem to have withstood the […]

12 April, 2019

Why Do Buildings Fail in an Earthquake?

By |2019-08-02T18:33:09+00:00April 12th, 2019|AACSC, Earthquakes|

-Appeared on Apartment Association California, Southern Cities (AACSC).

There’s a saying in our industry, that earthquakes don’t kill people. Buildings do.

Yes, it is over-simplified, but the fact remains that earthquake threats to public safety are fundamentally linked to structural stability. People get injured in earthquakes because a […]