Seismic Waves

4 February, 2019

Is Your City Safer than Others in a Major Quake?

By |2019-02-07T23:11:29+00:00February 4th, 2019|Seismic Waves|

February 2019 Newsletter. February is Earthquake Awareness Month, a fitting time (albeit coincidentally) for the city of Portland to start flagging schools and other buildings that could put people at risk in an earthquake. Warnings are being posted advising: "This is an unreinforced masonry building. Unreinforced masonry [...]

7 January, 2019

More Cities Adopting Seismic Retrofit Ordinances

By |2019-01-07T19:54:44+00:00January 7th, 2019|Seismic Waves|

January 2019 Newsletter. The New Year is a time for self-reflection: What is it that we failed to accomplish in the previous year, and what can we do in the next 12 months to be better, fitter, more productive versions of ourselves? Several California cities are practicing [...]

6 December, 2018

Seismic retrofits: It’s what you don’t know that can hurt you

By |2018-12-06T21:04:04+00:00December 6th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

December 2018 Newsletter. Drop, cover and hold on. If you remember anything about earthquakes, make it this. I found reports of last week's 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Anchorage alarming due to the countless descriptions I read of people panicking and running out of buildings into the street. That [...]

1 November, 2018

Studies Show Many Cost Benefits To Seismic Retrofits

By |2018-11-01T22:17:13+00:00November 1st, 2018|Seismic Waves|

November 2018 Newsletter. More than 60 million people participated last month in the 10th annual Great ShakeOut, a global drill that originated here in earthquake-prone California. It's a great opportunity for people to check on the status of their emergency supplies, practice duck-and-cover techniques and review [...]

8 October, 2018

Governor Vetoes Bill to Assess State’s Quake Risks: Potentially Vulnerable Buildings

By |2018-11-01T18:20:05+00:00October 8th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

October 2018 Newsletter. Gov. Brown this month struck down new legislation that would have helped cities identify seismically vulnerable buildings in their communities. The veto came despite Assembly Bill 2681's broad bipartisan support from both the Assembly and Senate, cities, trade and business associations and more. Meanwhile, [...]

7 September, 2018

SRI Urges California Governor to Sign Earthquake Resiliency Bill AB 2681 into Law

By |2018-09-07T23:14:29+00:00September 7th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

September 2018 Newsletter. California cities are feeling encouraged by the news that the city of Berkeley received federal and state funding to help pay the costs to retrofit privately-owned buildings determined to be vulnerable to damage or collapse in an earthquake. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and [...]

10 August, 2018

New Video Highlights Social, Economic Need for Resiliency

By |2018-08-10T18:47:03+00:00August 10th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

Aug. 2018 Newsletter. Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" was an autobiographical account by June Carter of what it was like to fall in love with the popular singer. Today, that phrase has scientists singing a different tune: a warning about the growing seismic threat building along a [...]

7 July, 2018

Why skirting hazardous substance tests could get you in trouble

By |2018-08-10T17:52:16+00:00July 7th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

July 2018 Newsletter. The emergency room at Long Beach Community Hospital was shut down last week over concerns that it would be unable to meet state seismic compliance regulations that take effect next year. The age of the 94-year-old structure and its location on top of a [...]

8 June, 2018

Retrofits Offer No Guarantees, But They Are Proven to Work

By |2018-06-13T19:25:38+00:00June 8th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

June 2018 Newsletter. California isn't the only state holding earthquake drills. Last week, Arizona held a practice run -- preparing for some 400,000 evacuees from California fleeing "The Big One." More than 1,000 agencies worked to set up emergency shelters on a softball field, medical facilities and [...]

8 May, 2018

USGS Explains Vulnerability of Soft-story Apartment Buildings

By |2018-05-09T15:57:46+00:00May 8th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

May 2018 Newsletter. South Korea, an area previously considered immune from earthquakes due to its location far from tectonic plates, suffered $53 million in damage in November from its second-largest quake in modern history. Scientists have just come out with the finding that the magnitude 5.5 quake [...]