Earthquake Threats

3 February, 2023

FEMA shows San Diego quake vulnerabilities

By |2023-02-08T21:32:00+00:00February 3rd, 2023|Buildings Vulnerabilities, Earthquake Risk, Earthquake Threats, SDCAA|

What are the odds a major earthquake will damage your San Diego apartment building, other commercial structure or even your home?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazus modeling shows 120,000 buildings could suffer moderate to complete damage – with 8,000 beyond repair – and another 36,000 households could be displaced.

How does […]

2 January, 2023

Potential at-risk Buildings Identified in San Diego

By |2023-01-04T00:06:06+00:00January 2nd, 2023|Earthquake Risk, Earthquake Safety, Earthquake Threats, Earthquakes, SDCAA|

Where can potentially unsafe, soft-story apartment building be found in San Diego?  And how many such buildings are there?

Those questions and similar ones about other counties in California led Optimum Seismic, Inc. and the U.S. Resiliency Council to team up with Esri, a leading mapping company, to combine resources to […]

5 April, 2022

Will the Big One increase homelessness?

By |2022-06-15T13:05:19+00:00April 5th, 2022|AACSC, earthquake damage, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Threats|

How would a major earthquake impact California’s growing homeless population?

In 2019, the number of people in the state without homes grew by more than 21,300 people, or 16.4% — more than all other states in the nation combined — the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported.  It rose […]

4 November, 2021

Ignoring earthquake warnings comes at great cost

By |2021-11-03T17:27:56+00:00November 4th, 2021|AACSC, Earthquake Safety, Earthquake Threats|

Luigi De Sarno was part of a team of advisors brought in to help the government of Haiti following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010 that killed more than 200,000 people.

He and other representatives of the World Bank met several times with the Ministries of Health and Public Works, recommending […]

2 August, 2021

Is a deadly fault lurking underneath Orange County’s mountains?

By |2021-08-06T22:05:41+00:00August 2nd, 2021|AAOC, Earthquake Threats, Earthquakes|

The Santa Ana Mountains are a regional treasure, providing a spectacular backdrop to Orange County.

The range begins at the Whittier Fault and stretches south to the Santa Margarita River. Major summits are scattered along the ridge, the mightiest being Modjeska (5,496 feet) and Santiago (5,689 feet) – which form our […]

4 June, 2021

University structures at ‘severe’ earthquake risk, commercial buildings also exposed

By |2021-06-15T17:46:41+00:00June 4th, 2021|Earthquake Retrofits, Earthquake Safety, Earthquake Threats, SDCAA|

UC San Diego, home to one of the world’s foremost research centers for earthquake safety, also has several buildings on and off campus—including student housing, theaters, gymnasiums, laboratories, and cafes – that are at serious or severe risk to life, according to a seismic safety survey done of several University […]

2 June, 2021

Earthquake fault debate impacts new and older construction

By |2021-06-15T17:33:05+00:00June 2nd, 2021|AACSC, Earthquake Threats, Earthquakes|

Should new construction be allowed on top of live earthquake faults? And, what about the thousands of structures already perched upon these fearsome fissures?

These are questions playing out in Hollywood and other parts of the Southland today, where a worrisome weave of active faults snakes its way through our communities.

The […]

3 May, 2021

Tsunamis? Earthquakes pose a more universal threat

By |2021-06-08T02:48:45+00:00May 3rd, 2021|AACSC, Earthquake Threats|

If you live near the coast and feel strong shaking from an earthquake, “move inland as soon as possible.”

That’s what Rick Wilson, head of the California Geological Survey’s Tsunami Program, told City News Service earlier this spring, after his agency released a series of new tsunami maps showing dire consequences […]

3 April, 2021

Earthquake threats greater for San Diego real estate?

By |2021-03-30T17:05:07+00:00April 3rd, 2021|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Threats, SDCAA|

Be Smart — Assess Risks To Your Investments

New information has prompted the state to update its earthquake fault hazard map — and the move has many people in San Diego’s real estate industry worried the new classifications could be bad for business.

Members of the public have until May […]