3 July, 2020

Basics of a Soft-Story Seismic Retrofit

By |2020-07-02T00:12:40+00:00July 3rd, 2020|SDCAA, Soft Story Seismic Retrofit|

Every building is different, and the approaches to safeguarding a structure against earthquake damage are incredibly diverse.

Yet in spite of these differences, there are some similarities in retrofit approaches based on building type – one of the most common being wood-framed, soft-story structures.

These apartment buildings, characterized by open parking on […]

4 June, 2020

Retrofits Lower Risks, Insurance Costs for S.D.’s new Grim Scenario

By |2020-06-17T23:49:03+00:00June 4th, 2020|Earthquake Insurance, Earthquake Retrofit Benefits, SDCAA|

San Diego is more seriously at risk of earthquake devastation than previously thought.

A new, five-year study unveiled this year by the Engineering and Environmental Research Institute projects grim outcomes for the San Diego area should the Rose Canyon fault explode with a devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake:

  • $38 billion in building and […]
4 May, 2020

Pandemic Opens Eyes to Other Risks, Potential Disasters

By |2020-06-18T00:21:22+00:00May 4th, 2020|COVID-19, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, SDCAA|

Reaction to last month’s 4.9-magnitude earthquake in Anza was the same for just about everybody who felt it: That’s the LAST thing we need right now.

Striking in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and felt throughout San Diego, Orange and western Riverside counties, the quake jolted us into realizing the […]

1 March, 2020

Do you know the risks you face from earthquake damage?

By |2020-06-18T01:01:51+00:00March 1st, 2020|earthquake damage, earthquake preparedness, SDCAA|

-Appeared on San Diego County Apartment Association (SDCAA)

San Diego is earthquake country.

The region’s mountains and many of its valleys were formed by the San Andreas fault system— the tectonic boundary between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates, which run to the east of the […]

5 February, 2020

Making the Most of Seismic Retrofits through Adaptive Reuse

By |2020-02-11T15:55:57+00:00February 5th, 2020|Adaptive Reuse, SDCAA, Seismic Retrofit|

San Diego is blessed to have many stately Victorian homes still keeping watch over the swirling sunsets sinking west behind the harbor.

These majestic and ornate structures, with their brightly colored facades, turrets, spires and wrap-around porches, were built to impress — reflecting the optimism and opulence of a society experiencing […]

3 January, 2020

Why San Diego Needs More than Just Early Warnings for Earthquakes

By |2020-06-18T19:46:59+00:00January 3rd, 2020|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Safety, SDCAA|

California recently rolled out its early warning system throughout the state, including in San Diego.

The so-called ShakeAlert warnings are being pushed through two delivery systems: a cell phone app called MyShake and the same wireless notification system that issues Amber Alerts.

This is great news. The early warning system operates on […]

1 December, 2019

UCSD Campus at Risk: Is Your Apartment Building, Too?

By |2020-06-18T20:03:20+00:00December 1st, 2019|SDCAA|

The news is grim: More than half of UCSD’s buildings are a “serious” or “severe risk to life,” according to an internal seismic safety survey obtained by NBC Channel 7.

Two hundred sixty-eight of the university’s 528 buildings are in “poor condition” with “serious” risk of injury in a major earthquake. […]

29 November, 2019

Are Your Tenants Worried About Earthquake Safety?

By |2020-06-24T00:35:00+00:00November 29th, 2019|SDCAA|

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently published a list of questions submitted to the editor regarding multi-family properties and earthquakes.

Most asked whether HOAs should carry earthquake insurance, with some condo owners saying they thought it was “foolish” not to.

Yes, condos are different than apartments, but in this […]

2 October, 2019

Four Easy Steps to Selecting a Qualified Seismic Retrofit Company

By |2020-06-24T00:52:59+00:00October 2nd, 2019|SDCAA, Seismic Retrofit Companies|

-Appeared on San Diego County Apartment Association (SDCAA)

This article was originally posted on our company website. Optimum Seismic is a seismic retrofitting company based from California.

There has been a steady influx of startup companies sprouting up to capitalize on Southern California’s growing seismic […]

2 September, 2019

SoCal Quakes Underscore Local Risks of Seismic Devastation

By |2020-06-24T01:19:47+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Earthquakes, SDCAA|

-Appeared on San Diego County Apartment Association (SDCAA)

Southern California got hit by some monster quakes this summer, thankfully with no casualties and little destruction due to the remoteness of the epicenters’ sparsely populated desert location.

But what if the Ridgecrest temblors happened here?

San Diego’s Rose Canyon […]