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Affordable Earthquake Insurance Is Possible

Affordable Earthquake Insurance Is Possible

If you are a Los Angeles property owner, the powerful seismic activity occurring around the world may have you concerned about the next “BIG ONE” on the West Coast.  Scientists have predicted that a devastating earthquake (magnitude 8 or 9) could happen at any point within the next  twenty to fifty years.  The more recent […]

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Predicting “THE BIG ONE” – Is It Possible?

Predicting “THE BIG ONE” – Is It Possible?

There are a number of countries around the world that have well established organizations that are devoted to predicting, or forecasting, seismic activity.  Unfortunately, the U. S. is not leading the charge, probably because some scientists think that predicting earthquake activity is completely impossible.  There are a number of scientists and authorities, however, who are predicting that a “BIG […]

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Are Los Angeles Buildings at Risk?

Are Los Angeles Buildings at Risk?

Over forty years ago, in February 1971, a magnitude 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in the San Fernando Valley region of California.  It was the area’s first destructive quake  in several decades. The Sylmar quake, also known as the San Fernando quake, shocked southern California.  Nearly fifty people died when the San Fernando Veterans Administration Hospital […]

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Captivating Earthquake Facts

Captivating Earthquake Facts

When we look at the most devastating and unpredictable natural disasters that can impact our lives, earthquakes are at the top of the list; to date, the loss of more than a million innocent lives has been recorded.  Powerful earthquakes have caused colossal destruction not only in the areas where they are centered, but neighboring areas […]

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Historical Buildings Are At Risk during Seismic Activity

Historical Buildings Are At Risk during Seismic Activity

Earthquakes, mighty, quick and so erratic, result from unexpected movements of the geological plates that form our Earth’s crust.  Earthquakes usually occur along cracks or fractures known as “faults.”  Older buildings that were not been designed and constructed to absorb powerful rocking and rolling ground movements often sustain major structural damage, and even total collapse, […]

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Historical Earthquakes in California

Historical Earthquakes in California

Earthquakes are a fairly regular occurrence in California, since the state is located on more than one hundred active faults.  There are many, many tiny earthquakes each year that are so small that they are not even felt by California residents.  Over the last two hundred plus years, however, California has experienced a number of […]

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Amazing Things Happened in the 2011 Japan Earthquake

Amazing Things Happened in the 2011 Japan Earthquake

It has been more than two years since an incredibly devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan.  On March 11, 2011, this quake rattled the seismically active country, setting off a massively destructive tsunami that wreaked havoc (especially on the eastern shores of Japan) all the way across the Pacific Ocean.  We […]

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Seismic Retrofitting Occupied Buildings

Seismic Retrofitting Occupied Buildings

Many occupied buildings in the Los Angeles area are in need of structural maintenance, especially those built more than 20 years ago.  A large number of those buildings, including healthcare facilities, apartments, factories, warehouses and office buildings, are open and occupied 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Commercial building owners often have challenging […]

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Hire an Experienced Structural Engineer

Hire an Experienced Structural Engineer

Structural engineering is a special field of engineering that deals with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads. Structural engineering is not really thought of as an exact science, especially when it comes to retrofitting older buildings.  Therefore, there is usually more than one design possibility when it comes to planning […]

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Is Your Commercial Property Ready for the “BIG ONE”?

Is Your Commercial Property Ready for the “BIG ONE”?

Earthquake mitigation is about taking action to reduce potential injury to tenants and damages or losses to your building, building contents, and business operations should the “BIG ONE” occur.  Preparing a basic earthquake disaster preparedness plan in advance, along with ensuring that tenants and employees know and understand how and when to “Drop, Cover, and […]

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