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Optimum Seismic, Inc – July 2020 Newsletter

Last Fourth of July, California experienced its largest quake in 20 years. The remote desert community of Ridgecrest was struck by two massive earthquakes that could be felt from hundreds of miles away — a reminder of the powerful and often deadly web of faults that crisscross our state. Had those 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude quakes struck in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, it would have been disastrous — but not as bad as it could have been 10 years earlier. In recent years, thousands of buildings have been retrofitted to withstand seismic shaking, and as each year passes, hundreds if not thousands more are fortified throughout the state. I am extremely proud to be a part of this movement for resilience because it represents lives saved, communities protected and local economies preserved. We are making progress, but there is still so much to do… so many thousands of buildings with the potential to collapse in a major earthquake. Are you protected? Is your building safe?

Ali Sahabi, GEC Principal, Optimum Seismic, Inc.

Attorney Warns Of Earthquake Liability Risk

Attorney Warns Of Earthquake Liability Risk

Here is an important article printed in the current copy of Apartment Age by the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles. No owner of older residential or commercial real estate, particularly in California, could reasonably deny that a major seismic event might potentially impact the buildings they own. By Madison S. Spach, Jr., Partner at Spach, Capaldi and Waggaman.
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Massive Earthquake Strikes Southern Mexico

Massive Earthquake Strikes Southern Mexico

A powerful earthquake in southern Mexico killed at least five people and sent thousands fleeing into the streets. The damage could have been much worse, had the temblor struck in a more populated region.
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Ridgecrest Quakes last Fourth of July a 'Wake-up' Call

Ridgecrest Quakes last Fourth of July a ‘Wake-up’ Call

The desert community of Ridgecrest was hit hard by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake last July 4th, and a 7.1 whopper the next day. They were a stark reminder to Southern California cities to prepare for the Big One.
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Retrofits & Renovations Improve Building Resilience & Marketability

Retrofits & Renovations Improve Building Resilience & Marketability

Does your apartment building meet today’s standards for earthquake safety and offer the types of interior spaces tenants want? If built before the mid-1970s, it could benefit from an upgrade of both.
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Earthquake Retrofitting Continues During COVID-19

Earthquake Retrofitting Continues During COVID-19

Optimum Seismic, Inc. is continuing during the COVID-19 situation to perform essential seismic safety construction. These retrofits give structures better earthquake performance to protect lives, minimize damage and protect investments.
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Urban Land Institute Uses L.A. as Model for Resilience

Urban Land Institute Uses L.A. as Model for Resilience

The Urban Land Institute recently hosted a seismic resilience meeting in quake-shocked Utah, and cited success with L.A.’s earthquake retrofit programs as a key to making cities safer.
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Santa Barbara Quake Forever Changed the City

Santa Barbara Quake Forever Changed the City

Regularly pummeled by disasters, Japan has frequently had to bounce back from adversity. This has led to a push to be prepared and to create more resilient communities.
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What Makes the Japanese so Resilient Against Disaster?

What Makes the Japanese so Resilient Against Disaster?

Regularly pummeled by disasters, Japan has frequently had to bounce back from adversity. This has led to a push to be prepared and to create more resilient communities.
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Underground Sensors Provide Clues to Building Risk

Underground Sensors Provide Clues to Building Risk

Christchurch, New Zealand is using 150 ground sensors to monitor variations in ground shaking that will help determine areas where buildings may face a greater risk for damage in a major earthquake.
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New Study Shows Interesting Trigger for Earthquakes

New Study Shows Interesting Trigger for Earthquakes

Taiwan’s deadly 2009 typhoon triggered thousands of landslides. But what surprised scientists was the slew of earthquakes that followed. A new study suggests the landslides caused them.
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Optimum Seismic Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

A new series of Earthquake Retrofit Webinars is being planned by Optimum Seismic out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our communities. Check out the Optimum Seismic website for more details.
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