seismic waves

May 2019 Newsletter.

Ali Sahabi To many of us, the 1990s don’t seem all that long ago, but 30 years can make a lot of difference when it comes to the seismic safety of our buildings.
Case in point: The city of Vancouver is launching a new push for resiliency, noting that most of its buildings were built before 1990, when robust seismic design standards were put in place. Here in California, the bulk of our housing stock in heavily populated areas is much older and vulnerable, primarily soft-story, steel moment frame, nonductile concrete and unreinforced masonry buildings. The good news is that cost-effective retrofits can significantly boost the odds of them remaining operable after a quake.
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.

Government Video Shows Alarming Increase in Quakes

Government Video Shows Alarming Increase in Quakes

The USGS and other agencies have released a new video illustrating the alarming rise in earthquakes around the world from 1901 to 2000.
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Vancouver Pushes for Safer Structures, Infrastructure

Vancouver Pushes for Safer Structures, Infrastructure

Vancouver vows to become a more resilient city against earthquakes and flooding. “Our buildings and infrastructure are the nuts and bolts of our city, and they are under pressure for a variety of reasons,” the city’s chief resiliency officer said.
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Four Strategies to Earthquake Retrofits and Insurance

Four Strategies to Earthquake Retrofits and Insurance

Nobody likes to think about “what if’s.” What if I get in an accident? What if a member of my family becomes ill? Will my soft-story apartment building withstand a major earthquake? When it comes to protecting your assets, there are four options to follow.
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Mars Probe Detects Unique Tremor on Red Planet

Mars Probe Detects Unique Tremor on Red Planet

After months of waiting, the probe sent to Mars to monitor seismic activity has finally detected a tremor. It was a discovery revealing movement much different that our “Earth” quakes.
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Hospital Finds Operator to Retrofit, Reopen Facility

Hospital Finds Operator to Retrofit, Reopen Facility

Efforts are moving forward to reopen the Long Beach Community Hospital, which was closed in July 2018 because it did not meet seismic safety standards. A new operator has pledged to move quickly on retrofit construction.
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Rappler Offers Quick Guide to Earthquake Terminology

Rappler Offers Quick Guide to Earthquake Terminology

What do scientists mean when they talk about the intensity, focus and magnitude of an earthquake? This handy glossary provides helpful graphs to help people understand the terms used to describe seismic activity.
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The Hidden Seismic Symphony in Quake Signals

The Hidden Seismic Symphony in Quake Signals

Can artificial intelligence help us to learn more about earthquakes to the point of possibly predicting them? Scientific American examines this issue in an article looking at seismic patterns in the Cascadia mountains.
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Join us and our partner associations for a free educational workshop about retrofits and resiliency. Our next event, in partnership with AAGLA, is scheduled for May 20. Click below for details or to find other events.
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