September 2019 Newsletter.
What’s Los Angeles County doing to plan for resilience? And how can businesses and local government ensure that the fabric of our society remains intact following a major earthquake? Find out by attending one in a series of high-profile BizFed Los Angeles County seminars this fall in Culver City, Torrance, Los Angeles, Van Nuys and South Pasadena. Optimum Seismic is proud to be providing our expertise on earthquake retrofit engineering and construction, along with speakers from the county, area governments and more. Click here for a complete list of events, or for more information and a list of speakers.
Quake on Windy Day Could Burn Parts of L.A. to Ocean
When a major quake shakes the ground, gas lines can be severed, power lines can collapse and electrical arcs can start fires as everything smashes together. This could spark massive fires that could burn part of Los Angeles to the ocean — particularly if water pipes are broken as well and unable to deliver water for firefighting, experts told LAist.
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Hidden Quake Risk Found Lurking Under Los Angeles
Santa Monica Event Builds Drive for Disaster Resilience
The Daily Press covered last month’s Santa Monica Business Disaster Resilience Forum, which brought together speakers from the city, county, Santa Monica Chamber and Optimum Seismic. Without resilience, one county official warned, “The shaking will last two minutes and your recovery will take a decade.”
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Kathmandu Struggles to Rebuild 4 Years After Quake
Political squabbling over how to rebuild has stalled recovery of this Nepalese city, which was devastated by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in 2015. Nine thousand people died and hundreds of thousands were left homeless.
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UCSD at Epicenter of Seismic Engineering Research
City Parks Play Important Role in Urban Resilience Planning
There are many reasons to welcome green space in urban environments. Now, scientists are adding a new one: City parks serve as community hubs in times of crisis, and they should be considered when planning for earthquake resilience. “The lack of large open space in an urban environment can lead to an increase in injury and death,” one researcher said.
Earthquake hit off Oregon Coast
A 5.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Oregon. The quake 192 miles off the coast was at a depth of about 7.5 miles. It follows a 6.3 earthquake off the southern Oregon coast a week ago.
Optimum Seismic has several events planned in the near future with our partner associations to assist members in gaining important information about seismic regulations and how they apply to various building types. Click below to find an event near you.
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