Earthquake Retrofits

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

Seismic Hazard Map Identifies Building Risks

By |2019-01-08T00:32:35+00:00January 8th, 2019|Earthquake Retrofits, Seismic Resilience, Seismic Retrofit|

Green areas on this hazards map indicate liquefaction zones that are particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage. (Credit USGS) Is your apartment building located within a fault, landslide or liquefaction zone? The United States Geological Survey has published an interactive map online, enabling the public to search by property address to determine the [...]

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 [...]

28 November, 2018

Seismic Retrofits: It’s What You Don’t Know That Can Hurt You

By |2018-11-28T19:20:37+00:00November 28th, 2018|Earthquake Retrofits, Seismic Retrofit|

Generally speaking, knowledge is the key to understanding threats and developing strategies to overcome them. We ask our loved ones to wear their seatbelts, because we know that their chances of surviving a crash are so much better with them on. Likewise, structural engineers and seismologists, for years, have been working together to better [...]

28 November, 2018

Why Retrofits, Like Seatbelts, Should not be Taken Lightly

By |2018-11-28T19:16:57+00:00November 28th, 2018|Earthquake Retrofits, Seismic Retrofit|

People often reference the Northridge earthquake of 1994 when they speak about seismic disasters. After all, it’s something many of us experienced first-hand: an event that we can relate to. The 6.7-magnitude thrust of the quake rattled Southern California a mere 10 to 20 seconds and caused $67 billion in widespread damage. Yet the [...]

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 [...]

5 September, 2017

Earthquake Retrofits and Insurance: Your Best Defense Against the “Big One”

By |2018-01-04T18:20:28+00:00September 5th, 2017|Earthquake Insurance, Earthquake Retrofit Benefits, Earthquake Retrofits, Earthquakes|

News accounts of the Northridge earthquake of 1994 presented shocking images of the widespread destruction, the loss of life, and the injuries suffered from the 6.7 magnitude blind-reverse-thrust quake, which produced the largest ground motions ever recorded in an urban environment in the U.S. Fifty-seven people were killed; more than 40,000 structures damaged. The quake [...]

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 [...]

4 August, 2017

Getting the Least Disruption from Your Retrofit

By |2018-01-12T16:59:20+00:00August 4th, 2017|Earthquake Retrofits, Optimum Seismic, Seismic Retrofit|

The primary purpose of an earthquake retrofit is to make a building safer in the event of an earthquake. But there are many other important considerations as well – issues that could affect the functionality and operations of a building for both the short- and long-term. Guard Against Lost Parking Spaces Parking, and the [...]

24 February, 2017

Why earthquake retrofit laws may be coming soon to your city

By |2018-01-22T19:23:57+00:00February 24th, 2017|Earthquake Retrofits|

There’s a growing effort underway to make California communities safer, as cities throughout the state adopt new laws requiring seismic retrofits of buildings proven to be vulnerable to damage in an earthquake. San Francisco, Berkeley and other Bay Area cities were among the first to mandate earthquake retrofits for wood-framed, soft-story buildings – structures [...]