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September 2019 Newsletter.

Ali SahabiWhat’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.

Ali Sahabi, GEC
Principal, Optimum Seismic, Inc.

Quake on Windy Day Could Burn Parts of L.A. to Ocean

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

Hidden Quake Risk Found Lurking Under Los Angeles

LA’s Wilmington fault is a much more ominous and mysterious threat than it was once presumed to be, National Geographic reported. Underlying the state’s busiest ports, it could link with other faults to create a disastrous 7.4-magnitude quake.
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Santa Monica Event Builds Drive for Disaster Resilience

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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New Video: Impacts of The 'Big One' on West Coast

New Video: Impacts of The ‘Big One’ on West Coast

What if a major earthquake were to strike the West Coast? Business Insider talks with experts in this video about what to expect, and how to prepare.
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Kathmandu Struggles to Rebuild 4 Years After Quake

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

UCSD at Epicenter of Seismic Engineering Research

Some of the world’s best research about building strength during earthquakes happens in San Diego. UCSD conducts noteworthy studies on the effects of earthquakes on buildings, using one of the world’s largest shake tables : an over-sized quake simulator.
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City Parks Play Important Role in Urban Resilience Planning

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.
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Earthquake hit off Oregon Coast

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.
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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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