seismic waves

November 2019 Newsletter.

Ali SahabiI was recently joined by key leaders in the L.A. region at a press conference, where we announced a collaborative effort to promote seismic resilience in our communities. Fellow speakers included officials with the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Southern California Association of Governments, BizFed and the U.S. Resiliency Council. (Click on links for excerpts.) Our goal is to educate businesses and community leaders to do their part to preserve existing housing and commercial building stock in an earthquake. Without that, we may never realize a full recovery. Please read more in the article below.

Ali Sahabi, GEC
Principal, Optimum Seismic, Inc.

SoCal Leaders Join Forces to Promote Seismic Resiliency

SoCal Leaders Join Forces to Promote Seismic Resiliency

Leading economic, government and business organizations have formed an unprecedented partnership to promote seismic resiliency in L.A. County. “Protecting our existing business community is a vital part of the mission of the Southern California Association of Governments,” explained SCAG Executive Director Kome Ajise.
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City of Pasadena to Begin Distributing Retrofit Notices

City of Pasadena to Begin Distributing Retrofit Notices

The city of Pasadena will soon begin sending out notices to soft-story building owners targeted for mandatory retrofits under a new law passed by the City Council this year. Some 4,500 structures have been identified as vulnerable to damage in a quake.
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Recent Quakes Prompt Warnings of 'Hidden' Danger

Recent Quakes Prompt Warnings of ‘Hidden’ Danger

USGS Geologists were surprised to find that earthquakes last month had ruptured in an area where no faults had been detected before. This prompted them to warn of hidden threats where seismic activity is rare.
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Insist on Safety to Add Value to Your Retrofit Project

Insist on Safety to Add Value to Your Retrofit Project

Construction, when done wrong, can be an industry fraught with workplace injury. Issues of liability, injuries to tenants or damage to property are concerns that apartment owners should consider when contracting for work on their buildings.
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SoCal Quakes Increased Stress on Major Fault Line

SoCal Quakes Increased Stress on Major Fault Line

A University of Iowa-led study has found that recent Southern California quakes have increased stress on the Garlock Fault, a major fault line that has been dormant for at least a century.
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Images Show Devastation of Recent Philippines Quakes

Images Show Devastation of Recent Philippines Quakes

At least 21 people have died after two recent major earthquakes in the Philippines. More than 12,000 people are living in temporary shelters, 2,000 homes are uninhabitable, and a hotel,condominium complex, school and many other buildings were in ruins.
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Great Britain Halts Fracking over Earthquake Concerns

Great Britain Halts Fracking over Earthquake Concerns

The British government has announced that it will no longer allow fracking based on new scientific analyses that cast doubts on the safety of the practice, including evidence that it may cause major earthquakes.
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Ridgecrest Quakes Helped Unearth Ancient Whale Fossil

Ridgecrest Quakes Helped Unearth Ancient Whale Fossil

California’s powerful earthquakes in July make have dislodged a 600-pound stone encasing a fossil of a while that lived some 15 million years ago. The 4-foot-long block is believed to have rolled down into the Simi Valley from the Tapo Canyon area.
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NSF Shakes up Grant Funding for Earthquake Study

NSF Shakes up Grant Funding for Earthquake Study

The National Science Foundation is shifting way it allocates grands for earthquake research, forcing a longtime research center at USC to compete for its continued existence against other research establishments.
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Don't Miss Important Event on the ROI of Seismic Resiience

Don’t Miss Important Event on the ROI of Seismic Resiience

Our ongoing educational series with BizFed continues into November, with informative presentations on how earthquake resilience benefits for businesses and the economy.
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Optimum Seismic 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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