Earthquake Resilience

4 April, 2023

Is your apartment building at risk in an earthquake?

By |2023-04-26T17:02:31+00:00April 4th, 2023|AAOC, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience, Soft Story Seismic Retrofit|

Nobody knows where or when the next major earthquake will strike. And while there is clear evidence about what types of buildings are most likely to suffer damage from seismic shaking, it’s always best to know your risks by having your apartment building inspected to identify its own unique strengths […]

1 April, 2023

Federal study dives deep into earthquake resilience and economics

By |2023-05-02T15:30:08+00:00April 1st, 2023|Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

What do earthquakes and building safety have to do with the economy? A new federal study is doing a thorough analysis of this topic, identifying a framework of codes and standards to protect not just lives but livelihoods in the face of earthquake disaster.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, […]

4 March, 2023

How much do you know about earthquakes?

By |2023-03-17T17:49:45+00:00March 4th, 2023|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Resilience, SDCAA|

Californians are all too familiar with earthquakes. But how much do we really know about the risks they present to us? Understanding these threats is important, particularly when buildings are essential to your livelihood. Wonder how much you really know? Try taking this little quiz, for starters.

  1. What is the most […]
3 March, 2023

Is L.A. Ready for a $250 billion earthquake disaster?

By |2023-03-17T17:36:50+00:00March 3rd, 2023|AAGLA, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Resilience, Seismic Resilience, Seismic Retrofit|

Los Angeles County suffered more than $100 million in damage to public property from the barrage of fierce atmospheric river storms that battered the state in early 2023. Costs associated with that damage include debris removal, road and bridge repair and flood damage to buildings – including a sink hole […]

2 March, 2023

Structural retrofits reduce the carbon footprint

By |2023-03-10T21:17:28+00:00March 2nd, 2023|Adaptive Reuse, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

Staggering environmental consequences of demolition and construction debris are leading construction and development firms, as well as government agencies and industry organizations, to advocate for waste reduction and recycling.

Total building-related demolition and construction waste in the nation is estimated to be 135.5 million tons — a figure that represents, at […]

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 […]

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 […]

24 January, 2023

Major quake may dwarf recent billion-dollar storm damage

By |2023-01-24T21:45:00+00:00January 24th, 2023|earthquake damage, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Resilience|

Three weeks of nearly nonstop rain in California dropped an estimated 32 trillion gallons of water on California, as nine atmospheric rivers barraged the state with record-breaking rainfall.[1] The steady stream of storms helped replenish reservoirs and built a snowpack 226% above normal for this time of year. […]

10 October, 2022

Earthquakes hit California daily — act now to be resilient.

By |2023-01-04T22:50:26+00:00October 10th, 2022|AAOC, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience|

This month, an estimated 18 million Americans will take part in the Great ShakeOut, a national safety drill designed to heighten awareness of the many ways to prepare for a major earthquake.

The month will be filled with messages about earthquake risk and personal safety, culminating with the annual drill, which […]

9 October, 2022