Earthquake Protection

4 May, 2020

Pandemic Opens Eyes to Other Risks, Potential Disasters

By |2020-06-18T00:21:22+00:00May 4th, 2020|COVID-19, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, SDCAA|

Reaction to last month’s 4.9-magnitude earthquake in Anza was the same for just about everybody who felt it: That’s the LAST thing we need right now.

Striking in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and felt throughout San Diego, Orange and western Riverside counties, the quake jolted us into realizing the […]

3 May, 2020

Pandemic Turns Thoughts to Other Catastrophic Threats

By |2020-06-18T00:25:40+00:00May 3rd, 2020|AACSC, COVID-19, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection|

The COVID-19 pandemic has us all thinking differently about what it means to be prepared for widespread calamity.

The virus raged into our communities somewhat unexpectedly, much like an earthquake or other natural catastrophe might, and the impacts under these real and projected scenarios are the same: lives lost, hundreds hospitalized, […]

2 May, 2020

COVID-19: A Reminder of O.C.’s Vulnerability

By |2020-06-18T00:31:38+00:00May 2nd, 2020|AAOC, COVID-19, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection|

Orange County’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic was like much of the rest of California: lives lost, businesses closed, social distancing enforced, and most everyone told to wait it out in the isolation of their homes.

These have been unprecedented times, and in many ways the experience has heightened our […]

1 May, 2020

Pandemic Turns Thoughts to Other Disaster-Related Threats

By |2020-06-18T00:38:06+00:00May 1st, 2020|AAGLA, COVID-19, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection|

All of us by now have experienced the widespread economic impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, whether from business closures, confinement to our homes, unemployment, working remotely, or unavailability of services we have come to depend on.  Disruption has been extensive.

And it’s likely that most of us know someone who […]

1 April, 2020

A History of Earthquake Safety: California’s 100-year Learning Curve

By |2020-06-18T00:44:56+00:00April 1st, 2020|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Safety|

California had a reputation for earthquakes long before the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, yet the state’s legacy of taking action to prepare for them has been mostly a spotty pattern of starts and stops as lawmakers respond from one disaster to the next.

The state’s first “Great San Francisco […]

2 March, 2020

Earthquake Resiliency Can Protect California’s Affordable Housing Supply

By |2020-06-18T00:57:39+00:00March 2nd, 2020|AACSC, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience|

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

How would a massive earthquake impact California’s housing shortage?

The answer is obvious.  A major earthquake that hits densely-populated urban areas would make California’s housing shortage much worse.

Such an earthquake could take a heavy toll on California’s affordable housing supply, […]

4 February, 2020

A Precarious Link Between Homelessness and Earthquake Resistant Buildings

By |2020-02-27T16:02:02+00:00February 4th, 2020|AAGLA, Earthquake Protection|

California’s homeless population grew by more than 21,300 people in 2019. That’s an increase of 16.4% — more than all other states in the nation combined, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

No matter where you stand on this very complex and controversial issue, the fact […]

8 January, 2020

5 Important Elements of Earthquake Resistant Buildings & How Commercial Renovation Helps

By |2020-01-13T22:58:50+00:00January 8th, 2020|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

Though engineering standards and their relationship to seismic activity have been a concern for well over a century, significant strides have been made in recent decades about understanding the forces of earthquakes on buildings. This increased knowledge has allowed us to not only design structures that are more earthquake resistant, […]

3 January, 2020

Why San Diego Needs More than Just Early Warnings for Earthquakes

By |2020-06-18T19:46:59+00:00January 3rd, 2020|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Safety, SDCAA|

California recently rolled out its early warning system throughout the state, including in San Diego.

The so-called ShakeAlert warnings are being pushed through two delivery systems: a cell phone app called MyShake and the same wireless notification system that issues Amber Alerts.

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

2 January, 2020

Earthquake Resiliency Gains Momentum

By |2020-06-18T19:41:52+00:00January 2nd, 2020|AAGLA, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit, Seismic Resilience|

Five years after the City of Los Angeles enacted what was at the time the nation’s most sweeping earthquake retrofit law, progress toward resilience has taken a resounding leap forward.

A “safety revolution” is spreading along our streets and back alleys, with steel frames and strong walls fortifying buildings that were […]