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seismic retrofit  // Posts tagged as "seismic retrofit"

Non-Structural Elements Should Be Secured

Non-Structural Elements Should Be Secured

Californians have been hearing about the “Big One” for years.  No one can accurately predict an earthquake, however this “Big One” has been forecast for the San Andreas fault and earthquake experts believe that it could wind up being more powerful than anyone previously thought.  Scientists have completed research that shows that a section of […]

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Will Your Building Be Vulnerable during an Earthquake?

Will Your Building Be Vulnerable during an Earthquake?

While many commercial property owners know that walls and roofs may need to be strengthened to withstand a powerful earthquake, some property owners forget to consider other vulnerabilities.  A seismic retrofit inspection will determine other areas of the building that need attention as well.  When considering earthquakes and the safety of a commercial building, there […]

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Does Hydraulic Fracking Cause Seismic Activity?

Does Hydraulic Fracking Cause Seismic Activity?

California, a state with more than 15,000 fault lines, is second only to Alaska when it comes to seismic activity.  California’s geology is complex, with the Pacific Plate and the North American plate meeting at the San Andreas Fault and sliding past each other in opposite directions. The San Andreas Fault is the most well-known […]

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Promote Safety during the Great American ShakeOut

Promote Safety during the Great American ShakeOut

There are many places around the world that are prone to seismic activity.  Thanks to the San Andreas Fault and many other smaller faults, much of California experiences some sort of underground movement on a regular basis.  Many California residents have heard about or participated at least once in the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” […]

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The West Coast “Big One”

The West Coast “Big One”

If you have lived anywhere in California, you have heard about the “Big One” coming sometime in the next 20-30 years.  It doesn’t matter whether you live in San Francisco, San Bernadino, Los Angeles or San Diego, the possibility of a destructive earthquake is very real.  Most folks are not aware of the many smaller […]

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Too Many Brick Buildings Still Need a Retrofit

Too Many Brick Buildings Still Need a Retrofit

Over the last thirty years, many cities throughout California began requiring commercial property owners to strengthen their properties to avoid the kind of destruction that has occurred during major earthquakes around the world.  While many buildings in the state have gone through a seismic retrofit, there are many that have not yet been retrofitted.  Many […]

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Historical Buildings Are Vulnerable During Seismic Activity

Historical Buildings Are Vulnerable During Seismic Activity

Seismic activity, including earthquakes, are the result of movements of the geological plates that form our Earth’s crust.  Fractures or cracks, usually called faults, are part of those surface plates.  Often, stress builds up along a fault line and eventually the earth moves to relieve the stress.  Sometimes, seismic activity can only be detected by scientific […]

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Creating an Earthquake Preparedness Plan

Creating an Earthquake Preparedness Plan

Earthquakes, often referred to as temblors and tremors, are unpredictable natural disasters that can be incredibly destructive and fatal for many.  The ground movement is caused by a slip along a fault line.  When stress builds up in the Earth’s crust (the outer layer), it eventually is released as the rocks suddenly slip.  The result […]

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Ten Intriguing Earthquake Facts

Ten Intriguing Earthquake Facts

Seismic disturbances have increased around the world in recent years.  We hear about the casualties and devastation on a regular basis.  If you live along the West Coast, you have probably heard that an extremely powerful temblor could occur anytime within the next twenty to thirty years.  While we would all like to believe that the […]

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Earthquake Prediction

Earthquake Prediction

Most people would agree that earthquakes are a critical natural hazard around the world, especially in the Pacific Rim of Fire.  For the majority of people, quakes seem to occur without warning; depending on the magnitude, powerful seismic activity can cause casualties and catastrophic damage.   A look at the history of earthquakes shows that […]

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