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The Big One  // Posts tagged as "The Big One"

Was the San Andreas Movie Fact or Fantasy?

Was the San Andreas Movie Fact or Fantasy?

Summer 2015 brought a massive California earthquake to theaters across the country.  We saw incredible destruction, with skyscrapers completely destroyed, a powerful tsunami hitting the West Coast and even the Hoover Dam collapsing in the move titled San Andreas.  Movie-goers left the theaters wondering if such a devastating earthquake could actually happen. Most people on the […]

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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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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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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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The “Big One Is Coming” – Is Your Commercial Property Ready?

The “Big One Is Coming” – Is Your Commercial Property Ready?

Earthquake preparedness is about making plans and taking action to reduce potential injury to tenants and employees, along with minimizing destruction or losses to commercial property, the building contents, and day-to-day operations – should the “BIG ONE” occur.  Preparing a basic earthquake disaster preparedness plan in advance, along with confirming that everyone in the building […]

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Crazy Things Happened in the 2011 Japan Earthquake

Crazy Things Happened in the 2011 Japan Earthquake

More than two years ago, on March 11, 2011, an incredible and devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan rattling the seismically active country and setting off a massively destructive tsunami that wreaked havoc (especially on the eastern shores of Japan) all the way across the Pacific Ocean.  We have all seen […]

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