Earthquake Protection

8 January, 2019

Long Beach: Home to Southern California’s Deadliest Quake

By |2019-01-08T00:50:22+00:00January 8th, 2019|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits, Earthquakes|

The front wall of John Muir School on Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, following the 1933 quake. (Credit: USGS) California’s devastating wildfires and the recent quake in Alaska may distract us from our own vulnerability to natural disaster.But did you know that Southern California’s deadliest earthquake occurred right here in the Apartment Association of California [...]

8 January, 2019

What Can San Diego Learn from the Anchorage Earthquake?

By |2019-01-08T00:15:21+00:00January 8th, 2019|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits|

Minimal damage in the Anchorage earthquake is attributed to action taken to upgrade building codes after the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964. (Credit: USGS) “Here’s who to thank that we all survived the quake on Friday,” a headline in the Anchorage Daily News recently read. Striking images from the Nov. 30 earthquake [...]

11 December, 2018

Recovery in the Aftermath of Disaster: Why Preparation is the Best Option

By |2018-12-12T20:04:54+00:00December 11th, 2018|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection|

The entire community of Paradise was lost in the Camp Fire. (Credit: Cal Fire) California just experienced its deadliest and most destructive wildfire, ever. Nearly 14,000 homes, 530 commercial structures and 4,300 other buildings were destroyed in November when the Cal Fire ravaged the Butte County landscape, incinerating entire communities like the [...]

5 September, 2018

Philippines Building a ‘Quake-proof’ City

By |2018-09-27T18:34:20+00:00September 5th, 2018|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

The Philippines is all too familiar with natural disasters: deadly tropical storms and typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Located along the Pacific’s so-called “Ring of Fire,” where seismic activity and tropical storms hit with alarming regularity, the Philippines knows it cannot stop nature — so it is working to prepare for it through resiliency. The [...]

7 March, 2018

BizFed and Optimum Seismic Invite Local Government Leaders to Prepare for Inevitable Earthquakes

By |2018-03-19T16:28:12+00:00March 7th, 2018|Biz Fed, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Optimum Seismic|

BizFed (The Los Angeles County Business Federation) has teamed up with Optimum Seismic Inc. to educate local government officials about the issues facing their cities in case of catastrophic destruction from an earthquake. This seminar will feature public officials and building experts identifying the impending risk of a major earthquake hitting the Los Angeles [...]

20 February, 2018

Lesson from Taiwan: Structures only as Safe as the Retrofit Engineering Behind Them

By |2018-02-20T23:06:39+00:00February 20th, 2018|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits, seismic retrofit safety|

Most survivors of the damage from last month’s 6.4-magnitude quake in Taiwan were in the upper floors of the buildings that tilted and caved in with lethal results. Throughout the days following the Feb. 6 temblor, hundreds of people climbed out of toppled buildings – making their way to the outside through windows, balconies [...]

14 November, 2017

Why Insurance Alone Won’t Protect You in a Major Earthquake

By |2018-01-12T00:08:41+00:00November 14th, 2017|Earthquake Protection|

Nobody should ever be caught without insurance. It’s an essential tool to guard against excessive risk associated with our automobiles, our property, our health, even our lives. But it’s important to note that while insurance may help to cushion the blow of an accident or worse, it does nothing to prevent these adversities from [...]

11 August, 2017

Two Quakes, Two Completely Different Outcomes

By |2018-01-12T16:59:47+00:00August 11th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits, Earthquakes|

Building practices in Chile and Nepal underscore the importance of retrofits to withstand seismic activity Every month of every year, an average of as many as 10 major quakes between a magnitude 6.0 and 6.9 strike somewhere on our planet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The level of destruction resulting from this seismic activity [...]

12 June, 2017

L.A. County Tops List of California Regions Most Prone to Earthquake Damage

By |2018-01-12T17:35:00+00:00June 12th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes, Seismic Retrofit|

Anyone who lives in California knows that our state’s calamitous reputation for earthquakes is fueled by the intricate web of volatile fault lines that crisscross our landscape. The closer you are to the convergence of two tectonic plates, the more likely you are to be impacted by seismic activity. Here in Southern California, the junction [...]

29 March, 2017

A ‘New Frontier’ Launched For Earthquake Safety

By |2018-01-20T01:07:43+00:00March 29th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

Earthquakes are not selective about where and when they strike, and they are equally as indiscriminate on the types of buildings they can rattle to the ground. While it is true that some structures may be more prone to damage than others, the reality is that virtually all buildings have the capacity to fail [...]