seismic waves

March 2019 Newsletter.

Ali Sahabi San Diego’s iconic California Tower in Balboa Park recently closed its doors to the public to undergo an extensive seismic retrofit project. Clearly, this 100-year-old tower is cherished within the community, which is why city leaders are spending the money to make it stronger. We hear similar comments from apartment owners wanting to retrofit their soft-story buildings. These structures are their life’s work, retirement plan, and a legacy they hope to leave for their children. Protecting their investment is as important to them as preserving the California Tower is to the city of San Diego. 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.

Studies Show Many Cost Benefits to Seismic Retrofits

Pasadena OKs Soft-Story Earthquake Retrofit Law

Pasadena has joined the growing ranks of cities requiring retrofits of buildings proven to be vulnerable in earthquakes. The City Council voted to require retrofit construction of soft-story structures built before 1978.
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CalTech Identifies New Earthquake Risk Assessment

CalTech Identifies New Earthquake Risk Assessment

Geophysicists at Caltech have created a new method for determining earthquake hazards, and they applied it first to the faults underlying Central Los Angeles.
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Early Warning System Enjoys Popularity Among App Users

Early Warning System Enjoys PopularityAmong App Users

Lots of people are interested in the new ShakeAlertLA early warning system available in Los Angeles. Since its debut in January, more than 400,000 people have downloaded the application.
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Analysts Warn of 90% Risk of a Major Quake in Japan

Analysts Warn of 90% Risk of a Major Quake in Japan

A team of government analysts has determined that there is a 90% risk that an earthquake of a magnitude 7.0 or 7.5 could strike Japan in the next 30 years.
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The Four Basic Steps to a Soft-Story Seismic Retrofit

The Four Basic Steps to a Soft-Story Seismic Retrofit

What can you expect from a soft-story seismic retrofit? Check out the soft-story section of our website for details and a quick four-step summary of the process.
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4 Strategies To Earthquake Retrofits And Insurance

4 Strategies To Earthquake Retrofits And Insurance

Nobody likes to think about insurance, but it is important to guard yourself and your assets against the “what if’s.” What if I get in a car accident? What if a member of my family becomes ill? Will my soft-story apartment building be able to withstand a major earthquake?
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Next Hayward Fault Earthquake Is Overdue

Next Hayward Fault Earthquake Is Overdue

Experts have been saying the next big quake along the Hayward Fault is actually overdue. The area is heavily populated and developed. Is the Bay area prepared?
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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 is April 9th, hosted by AAGLA. Click below for details or to find other events.
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