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Optimum Seismic, Inc – June 2020 Newsletter

As businesses start to reopen and people return to their workplaces, there’s an underlying sense that things are getting back to normal. But they’re not, and that’s a good thing. All around the world, communities are recognizing the need for change — to build resilience in all aspects of our lives, and that includes our built environment. Buildings are the leading cause of death and social disruption following an earthquake. Today, perhaps more than ever, we are realizing the need and economic benefits of investing in our future.
Preparedness is always better than recovery. Be safe.

Ali Sahabi, GEC Principal, Optimum

Pandemic Prompts Thoughts of Other Catastrophic Events

Pandemic Prompts Thoughts of Other Catastrophic Events

COVID-19 raged into our lives unexpectedly, much like an earthquake or other natural catastrophe might, and the impacts were the same: lives lost, businesses shuttered and disruption shutdown.
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Visualizing the Power and Force of Earthquakes

Visualizing the Power and Force of Earthquakes

A new graphic illustrates various magnitudes and locations of history’s largest earthquakes, helping people to better understand their impact on the Earth and on our lives. Color-coded by magnitude, it provides a first-glance understanding of temblors of the past.
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6.8-Magnitude Quake Strikes Chile, Sparks Foundry Fire

6.8-Magnitude Quake Strikes Chile, Sparks Foundry Fire

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck in northern Chile, causing power cuts and sparking a fire at an industrial smelting plant. The powerful tremor caused two nearby towns to lose power. Several mining sites were caught up in the quake.
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Redesigning Communities to Withstand Crisis and Disaster

Redesigning Communities to Withstand Crisis and Disaster

Resilience is the ability to snap back after a crisis, but that’s not all we should do. We have to change the weaknesses in our society and pivot toward a new reality, says AIA Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Dangelo.
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Earthquake Retrofitting Continues During COVID-19

Earthquake Retrofitting Continues During COVID-19

Optimum Seismic, Inc. is continuing during the COVID-19 situation to perform essential seismic safety construction. These retrofits give structures better earthquake performance to protect lives, minimize damage and protect investments.
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Anniversary of 7.8 Quake Overshadowed by COVID-19

Anniversary of 7.8 Quake Overshadowed by COVID-19

Improvements made since the 2015 earthquake disaster in Nepal have helped to better prepare the community against the COVID-10 pandemic, a group of nonprofits has found.
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New Clues to Deep Quakes Unravel Seismic Mysteries

New Clues to Deep Quakes Unravel Seismic Mysteries

Deep earthquakes — those at least 300 kilometers below the surface — don’t typically cause damage, but they are often widely felt. These quakes can provide vital clues to understanding plate tectonics and the structure of the Earth’s interior.
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Clusters of Earthquakes Recorded in Yellowstone

Clusters of Earthquakes Recorded in Yellowstone

More than a dozen earthquakes were recorded in Yellowstone, one of the most seismically active places in the U.S., The region experiences up to 3,000 quakes per year.
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Grant Awarded for Study into Seismic Aftershocks

Grant Awarded for Study into Seismic Aftershocks

Geoscience researchers at Boise State University have been awarded grants worth $122,000 to study the aftershocks (more than 900 to date) of the March 6.5 earthquake in central Idaho and determine their possible future effects.
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Optimum Seismic Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

A new series of Earthquake Retrofit Webinars is being planned by Optimum Seismic out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our communities. Check out the Optimum Seismic website for more details.
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