Earthquake Retrofit

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 […]

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, […]

6 January, 2020

6 Tips for Hiring an Earthquake Retrofit Contractor

By |2020-01-08T14:55:18+00:00January 6th, 2020|Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofit Contractor, tips|

In Southern California, earthquake building codes should be taken seriously. Everyone who owns a building in Los Angeles needs to take responsibility to get seismic retrofitting work done to prevent or reduce property damage, injury and death from earthquakes.

As we know, earthquakes aren’t just a possibility here—they’re a certainty. […]

2 January, 2020

Earthquake Resiliency Gains Momentum

By |2020-01-07T21:14:56+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 […]

12 December, 2019

The Economic Benefits of Earthquake-Resistant Buildings

By |2020-01-30T15:48:07+00:00December 12th, 2019|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofit|

In 1971, the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys, California, suffered extensive damage in the 6.5-magnitude Sylmar earthquake. Forced to cease operations in order to rebuild the facility, the self-proclaimed “King of Beers” took another hard financial hit as competitors made inroads into the Anheuser-Busch market during this time. Faced with the […]

1 August, 2019

Three Tips to Getting the Most from Your Retrofit

By |2019-08-01T23:26:14+00:00August 1st, 2019|AAGLA, Earthquake Retrofit, Seismic Retrofit, tips|

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

Chances are you felt at least one of the many earthquakes that rattled Southern California last month.

The initial 6.4-magnitude quake near the desert community of Ridgecrest was just a precursor to a larger 7.1-magnitude giant, with many other quakes […]

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 […]

17 May, 2019

Soft-Story Apartment Building Earthquake Retrofit Seminar in Beverly Hills May 20th

By |2019-08-02T18:49:34+00:00May 17th, 2019|Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofits|

Newly Passed Earthquake Retrofitting Ordinance in Beverly Hills to be Discussed

Los Angeles, California — May 16, 2019 — The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA, www.aagla.org) and The Beverly Hills/ Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors (GLAAR,www.bhglaar.com) in cooperation with Optimum […]