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February 2019 Newsletter.

Ali Sahabi 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 buildings may be unsafe in an event of a major earthquake.” More than two dozen schools are at risk and 1,500 buildings overall.
A handful of affected schools are slated for retrofits from a 2017 bond measure. It’s a positive first step, but there are still many other publicly used structures at risk What can you do to make your building safer? Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your retrofit needs and how to best protect your assets.

Ali Sahabi, GEC
Principal, Optimum Seismic, Inc.

Long Beach: Home to Region's Deadliest Quake

Long Beach: Home to Region’s Deadliest Quake

Southern California’s deadliest earthquake occurred right here in Long Beach: a 6.4-magnitude quake that led to new laws regulating earthquake safety at all public schools in our state.
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Local Laws Make Some Cities More Dangerous Than Others

Local Laws Make Some Cities More Dangerous Than Others

The Northridge quake 25 years ago offered important information about the types of structures that can topple in an earthquake. Today, many cities have taken significant action to keep their residents safe, but many more have ignored the seismic threat — making some cities more dangerous than others.
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Governor's Budget To Fund Early Warning System

Governor’s Budget To Fund Early Warning System

Governor Gavin Newsom’s first budget includes $16.3 million to finish building California’s part of the ShakeAlert early warning system, a project being developed in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey.
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San Francisco Mayor Orders City to Prepare for Big One

San Francisco Mayor Orders City to Prepare for Big One

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has ordered the city to prepare for the next major earthquake. “We know that the next major earthquake will hit at any time, and every day we should be working to prepare for it,” she said.
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Check Your Knowledge: Facts about Earthquakes

Check Your Knowledge: Facts about Earthquakes

Did you know that earthquakes occur on the moon? Or, that the deadliest earthquake ever happened in central China in 1556. Check out these and many other interesting facts.
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Northridge Anniversary Highlights Need for Change

Northridge Anniversary Highlights Need for Change

The nation’s most expensive earthquake happened 25 years ago in Northridge, rattling the L.A. region, but also building awareness of the need for resiliency today.
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Alaskans Warned to do Due Diligence for Quake Repairs

Alaskans Warned to do Due Diligence for Quake Repairs

Anchorage officials are warning the 3,000 property owners impacted by the recent quake to fully vet any contractors going door-to-door offering to make repairs.
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Seismic Swarm in Progress

Seismic Swarm in Progress

Seismic swarm in progress between southern Cascadia and northern San Andreas. This area has the highest quake rate in all of California. Find out what that means ?
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Join us and the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles for a free educational workshop about retrofits and resiliency. Our next event is this Wednesday at the North Hollywood Recreation Center. Click below for details or to find other events.
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