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June 2021 Newsletter

Ali Sahabi, GEC Principal, Optimum Seismic, Inc.

Ali Sahabi, GEC
Principal,
Optimum Seismic, Inc.

Knowledge is power: find out how resilience ratings make cities safer

A staggering 130 earthquakes struck our nation on Memorial Day — more than three times the usual number, according to the National Earthquake Information Center. On the West Coast, earthquakes are a part of our everyday lives — but many ignore these warnings the Big One could happen at any time. It could be today, tomorrow, or a year from now. Optimum Seismic is pleased to help share knowledge about these threats and solutions to help make cities safer. Tune in to The Resilience Advantage to hear the U.S. Resiliency Council’s Evan Reis, Fortified Products’ Fred Malik, ZFA Engineers’ Mark Moore, and the Alliance of National and Community Resilience’s Ryan Colker speak on new innovations making earthquake safety more cost-effective than ever.
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USA shaken by 130 earthquakes on Memorial Day

USA shaken by 130 earthquakes on Memorial Day

Memorial Day was rocked this year by a staggering 130 earthquakes recorded from California to Tennessee.
The National Earthquake Information Center said this was nearly three times the normal number in a day.
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Top experts to address how knowledge builds resilience ratings

Top experts to address how knowledge builds resilience ratings

Ratings are helping to make new buildings more earthquake resilient in California and around the globe. Lessons on how these rating systems are being used will be examined during “The Resilience Advantage,” webinar on Wednesday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Earthquake concerns prompt federal funding programs

Earthquake concerns prompt federal funding programs

FEMA has launched a new program to help states, communities, tribes and territories do projects that will make them more resilient against natural disaster. As much as $700 million is available nationwide.
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Researchers Uncover Secrets to Rock Sparks During Earthquakes

Southern California student invents homemade seismometer

A Rolling Hills Estates student wowed seismologists with her homemade seismometer — built for less than $100 using Google searches and bathroom soldering. “It’s small, cheap and accessible,” said Vivien He, a student at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.
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Deadly Temblor Strikes Devastating Blow in Indonesia

Deadly Temblor Strikes Devastating Blow in Indonesia

More than 600 were injured and 46 dead in a recent 6.2 magnitude quake in Indonesia. A hospital and many other buildings were flattened, and rescue workers were searching frantically for survivors under the rubble.
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Scientists: historic Indonesia quake was a 32-year event

Scientists: historic Indonesia quake was a 32-year event

A magnitude 8.5 megaquake that killed thousands in Indonesia in 1861 was actually the final strike in a “slow slip” earthquake that lasted 32 years, Nature Geoscience reported this month. The discovery will help scientists decode the mysteries of Earth’s bewildering seismology.
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Volcanic eruption sparks 61 quakes in Republic of Congo

Volcanic eruption sparks 61 quakes in Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo reported 61 earthquakes in a 24-hour period last weekend after the eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which exploded and is producing significant lava flows.
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Quake damage has Utah schools rushing to retrofit for safety

Quake damage has Utah schools rushing to retrofit for safety

Utah’s 2020 quake damaged several schools, revealing significant retrofit needs. Several districts are scrambling to respond to the reality that buildings thought to be safe — are not.
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Optimum Seismic reuse projects revitalize historic structures

Optimum Seismic reuse projects revitalize historic structures

Nothing can replace the value of a city’s historic buildings, but safety concerns frequently require earthquake retrofits. Optimum Seismic specializes in historic renovations that include seismic upgrades and an adaptive reuse rebuild of the structure to get the best use of space and high interest from tenants.
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Researchers uncover source of mysterious 'earthquake orbs'

Researchers uncover source of mysterious ‘earthquake orbs’

New research is shedding light on the cause of electromagnetic changes that range from flashes of light to glowing orbs — even cell phone malfunctions. The source? Electrical currents released when various types of rock are squeezed or broken.
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Earthquake early warning system now covers West Coast

Earthquake early warning system now covers West Coast

Residents of the West Coast don’t know when the next earthquake will strike, but the recent expansion of the U.S. earthquake early warning system now gives 50 million people in California, Oregon and Washington a heads-up when a temblor is about to hit.
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Optimum Seismic Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Several Earthquake Retrofit sessions for apartment owners and monthly Resilience Advantage webinars are scheduled by Optimum Seismic to help protect our communities. Check the Optimum Seismic website for details.
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