The urgent need for disaster resilience becomes clearer with each news cycle. Business owners and community leaders must adopt strategies and practices that can help communities prepare for, respond to, and bounce back after disasters like major earthquakes. The following six steps can help your business or community achieve disaster […]
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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, […]
If you’ve ever driven down the 405 freeway in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, you have passed by the sprawling 95-acre Anheuser-Busch brewery where, since 1954, some of the world’s most famous beer brands such as Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob, and more recent labels like Bud Ice, Kirin Ichiban and […]
Could your business withstand a major earthquake today? Is your inventory secure? How earthquake resilient are your buildings? Do your employees know what to do if the ground starts shaking? Do you have an emergency plan in place that everyone is prepared to implement on a moment’s notice? If you […]
Big earthquakes in Southern California can put any building to the test, sometimes with tragic results. Loma Prieta and Northridge loom in our memories. Keep in mind that every day is one day, closer to the next big earthquake that will put your building to the test. That’s why there […]
It only takes a glance at the news to see what earthquakes can do to buildings unprepared for strong shaking. The cracks, crumbling and total collapses of walls, floors, ceilings and facades can kill hundreds of people, leave thousands homeless, and disrupt critical infrastructure for months or longer. Many earthquake-damaged […]
Earthquakes are a part of life in Southern California. “The Big One” can hit anytime. Buildings with a “soft-story” are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes. Soft-story buildings usually have a large, open ground floor space like a parking area, with one or more stories above it. Without shear walls and other […]
In recent decades, engineers and architects have learned a lot about how to make structures more impervious to earthquakes. New materials and designs have been introduced to make buildings better equipped for future earthquakes to come.
However, there are delays in building authorities adopting these newly developed materials due to inertia […]
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, […]