Raymond Fault Line Creates New Fears

A new section of the Raymond fault line, which runs through Los Angeles’ northeast areas, has been redefined.

The active fault, which caused the 4.9 earthquake in Pasadena back in 1988, has now been re-mapped extending to areas West of its original location.

The California Geological Survey sent out a revised map of the Raymond fault, adding more areas of Los Angeles like Eagle Rock, Glassell Park and Highland Park within its zone.

Not only has the active area already released  fairly large earthquakes, seismologists estimate the fault line is capable of producing a size 7 quake.

If such an event occurred, we could see massive damage, injury and even death in and around northeast areas of Los Angeles and, now, locations west of the original fault zone. Seismologists also argue that such an earthquake could set off the Hollywood fault, adding more chaos to some of L.A.’s most densely populated areas.

Nevertheless, Los Angeles is committed to improving earthquake safety. New laws and regulations have ensured that older buildings throughout the city undergo retrofits and an early earthquake warning system is close to completion.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

New Fears Surrounding San Andreas Fault, Scientists Predict 8.2 Earthquake in L.A.’s Future

 

The San Andreas fault just got a little scarier.

According to new data, one area of the active San Andreas fault line could lead to major destruction if ruptured during an earthquake.

Tucked between the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass, the area of the fault likewise functions as an aqueduct that provides many areas of Southern California with water from the Colorado River.

And according to earthquake experts, if a massive quake occurred along the San Andreas fault line and collapsed passes like San Gorgonio – and other areas like the Cajon Pass and Tejon Pass — it would cut off resources like power, water, oil and gas for weeks and even months to many parts of So. Cal.

Another scary scenario would be an earthquake originating at the Salton Sea, making its way to the center of Los Angeles. Though such a quake has never been recorded, seismologists says there’s a definite possibility this could be in Southern California’s future.

If an earthquake started in the Salton Sea, it’d have to be a 8.2 in magnitude to eventually land near Paso Robles.

Since earthquakes started being recorded, a quake has occurred along the San Andreas fault line – near areas like the Grapevine – every 100 years, and it’s been 160 years since the last major earthquake occurred there.

“With 300 miles of fault all going in the same earthquake, you have everybody affected at the same  time,” seismologist Lucy Jones told the L.A. Times. “The San Andreas is the one that will produce the earthquake that’s going to cause damage in every city.”

Meaning, everywhere from Santa Barbara to San Diego would be affected at the same time, limiting emergency resources and response.

While scientists estimate that the San Andreas fault has moved 22 miles in the last million years, there’s still no telling when the next “Big One” will hit.

Nevertheless, Los Angeles is staying committed to improving earthquake safety. New laws and regulations have ensured that older buildings throughout the city undergo retrofits and an early earthquake warning system is close to completion.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

New Study Suggests San Diego’s At Greater Risk for Major Earthquakes

According to new data, San Diego is at a greater risk for a major earthquake in comparison to other areas in Southern California. The fault line that runs under the city has the capability of producing not only stronger quakes, but more frequent earthquakes.

Researchers at San Diego State University found that San Diego’s Rose Canyon fault line has the capability of producing an earthquake ranging in a 6.5 to 6.8 magnitude every 700 years.

“A powerful quake in the mid-to-upper 6s could cause liquefaction around San Diego and Mission bays and locally in Mission Valley, and cause the land to be offset across the fault, which would damage buildings,” seismologist Tom Rockwell said about the new information.

Soil liquefaction happens when the soil has become wet and loses significant durability and strength when it’s subjected stress. This stress typically occurs during an earthquake, which can make the building’s sediments function like a liquid rather than a solid material.

Liquefaction is, of course, a major property hazard, and could affect the safety of residents in and around San Diego.

Though once believed to be inactive, researchers originally thought that the fault line had the ability to produce a quake of higher magnitudes every 1,500 years. According to new data, that number has significantly decreased.

The Rose Canyon fault made headlines earlier this year, when scientists discovered that links between that fault line and the Newport-Inglewood fault line could potentially cause one massive earthquake — as high as a 7.4 magnitude — affecting areas like Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego simultaneously.

“These two fault zones are actually one continuous fault zone,” said author Valerie Sahakian, researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

The last time the area suffered a quake similar in size was the 6.4 earthquake that shook Long Beach in 1933, leaving 120 people dead.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

JulianConstruction.com: Does Your Roof Need to Be Replaced?

By Julian De La Torre

The purpose of a building’s roof is to provide protection from environmental elements like rain, snow, wind and sun. Although a roof can last for 20 to 30 years, it will eventually deteriorate and need to be replaced. Factors that can impact the life of a roof include how well the roof was installed, the quality of the materials that were used, the effectiveness of the roof’s ventilation system and weather.

Indicators that you may need a new roof include:

  • Cracked shingles or tiles
  • Loose shingles or tiles
  • Missing shingles or tiles
  • Shingle edges are curled and buckling
  • Shingle granules in the gutters
  • Bald spots where shingle granules are missing
  • The roof is sagging
  • There are signs of water damage
  • Daylight is shining through the roof
  • There are roof leaks
  • The roof looks old and worn

Roofs can be made from different types of materials, such as asphalt shingles, clay or concrete tiles, wood shingles, slate and metal, along with various synthetic products.

Asphalt shingles, also known as composition shingles, are the most common type of roofing product. They are less expensive than clay or concrete tiles and relatively easy to install. The shingles are covered with grit and come in a variety of colors.

Both concrete and clay tiles are extremely heavy, but also very durable with a long life (100 years or more in some cases). Because of their weight, concrete and clay tiles often require extra framing.

Wood shingles are usually made of cedar, redwood and southern pine. The shingles may need to be fireproofed in certain areas, or chemically treated in wet climates because they are a natural product.

Metal roofs are made of steel, zinc, aluminum, copper and stainless steel. They come in shingles or panels, and provide long-lasting protection, especially in places with extreme weather conditions. They are also low maintenance.

Slate is one of the most expensive types of roofing materials. Similar to clay and concrete tiles, slate is heavy and will need additional support, but can also last 100 years or more if properly maintained.

Sometimes a damaged roof can be repaired instead of replaced. If you have concerns about the condition of your roof, get professional advice from an experienced roofing company, including an inspection to find out what issues need to be addressed.

Julian De La Torre, expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation repair and founder of Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) foundation contractors (Los Angeles), has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years (http://julianconstruction.com/services/foundation-repair/). Julian Construction owns its own company and is a “no middlemen” model–no salesmen or subcontractors–you get the principals of the company and its workers under your home. Learn more about Julian Construction and Los Angeles foundation repair at http://www.anchorla.com/. See their video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKWYhuuBak4

The Importance of a Proper Drainage System

LOS ANGELES, CA: A foundation repair and construction company, Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), is informing the public on why a proper drainage system is important for a safe home.

Water can be a homeowner’s worst enemy as it can ruin or destroy their home. Leaks can cause pipes to rust and burst, and ceilings to crack. Water can seep behind walls and into floors, which can increase the risk of mold. Additionally, when water starts to collect outside of a home, the culprit is a drainage issue. If homeowners don’t make sure that their drainage systems are properly maintained on a regular basis, damages can occur to the home or its foundation.

Having a proper drainage system means that falling water is controlled and moved away from the home in a way as to also prevent standing water that won’t go away. There are definite signs homeowners can check for regularly to ensure their drainage systems are working properly, including:

Foundation cracks
• Rainwater accumulating on the roof
• Water pooling in a yard
• Moisture seeping into a house

If any of the above signs are found, Julian Construction advices on getting it fixed as soon as possible.

Julian De La Torre, owner of Julian Construction, stated, “The installation of proper drainage systems surrounding the structure provides a safeguard against the impact of water accumulation and flooding during the rainy season. We can install a drainage system to avoid drainage problems and foundation problems from poor drainage.”

Julian Construction has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years. Julian owns its own company and is built on a “no middleman” model – no salesman, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323-733-3377, by fax at 323-733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/ or http://foundationrepairforlosangeles.com/blog/.

Three Myths about Stucco Debunked

LOS ANGELES, CA: A foundation repair and construction company, Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), is debunking three myths about stucco, one of the oldest building materials around.

Stucco is an aesthetic material that has been around for a very long time and has endless possibilities. Stucco is becoming popular again and many people will be looking for the truth about stucco. The three myths about stucco include:

1. Stucco cannot be painted. While painting fresh stucco is not a good idea as the paint will chip, cured stucco can be painted just like any other surface. A paint made specifically for stucco surfaces will lengthen how long the paint will last.
2. Stucco requires a lot of crack repairs. Stucco, when first applied, is vulnerable to high winds, which can make small cracks. However, most cracks will be less than 1/16 of an inch and can often be left alone.
3. Inspection for stucco is hard. While older stucco does need to be inspected for water damage, the inspection itself is not hard for a contractor who is qualified to work with stucco.

Julian De La Torre, owner of Julian Construction, stated, “Stucco is long known for its versatile appearance, ready availability and durability. We are capable of providing complete professional services for a wide variety of project types and sizes at very competitive rates.”

Julian Construction has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years. Julian owns its own company and is built on a “no middleman” model – no salesman, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323-733-3377, by fax at 323-733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/ or http://foundationrepairforlosangeles.com/blog/.

New Study Says L.A.’s Courthouses Aren’t Even Seismically Safe

It’s time to get serious about earthquake preparedness.

new study revealed that many of Los Angeles’ courthouses are not seismically safe, and face major damage or collapse during a large earthquake.

Researches also estimate that collapse of these buildings could result in a “substantial loss of life.”

“We can’t be in a position after a major earthquake having the public say what did you do and why didn’t you sound the alarm,” Court of Appeal Justice Brad H. Hill, head of a state committee on courthouses, said during a conference in San Francisco. “We are sounding the alarm.”

Of all the judicial buildings in the greater Los Angeles area, the study found that the Superior Court in Glendale – which was built in 1956 – is the most vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake.

Pasadena’s municipal courthouse, the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles and courthouses in Burbank and Beverly Hills also topped the list.

Leaders of California’s judicial system are rallying together to get money from Sacramento to retrofit these buildings. It’s estimated that retrofitting each structure will range from $140 million to $200 million.

“We are in fairly dire straits, but we need to move forward,” Hill said, via the L.A. Times. “We are asking the governor and the Legislature to return that money.”

Though it sounds like L.A. doesn’t have the financial means at the moment to retrofit these buildings, measures will be taken to reduce risks of injury or even death during a big earthquake.

“We owe it to the people who use the courthouses … to try to do our best to reduce the risk of death and serious injury to the people,” said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William F. Highberger.

However, Stephen Nash – court executive order of the Superior Court in Costa County – wants immediate attention, especially since he works at a courthouse that was rated high-risk.

“We are sitting on a time bomb,” Nash lamented. “We are watching the clock tick, and our ability to do anything has been taken away.”

Slowly, but surely, Los Angeles has started to remedy these issues and has built 30 new courthouses in California over the last 10 years to replace some of the buildings at risk of collapse.

“We tell architects we are not here to win design awards and not here to have marble and exotic woods,” Hill explained. “We are here to have courthouses that will last 80 years. We can’t afford the courthouses of the past.”

There are other state buildings in seismic danger, too – many state universities have structures that have been tagged as high-risk for damage or collapse in the event of an earthquake.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles earthquake retrofitting, foundation inspection, foundation repair and foundation replacement. As the founder of Julian Construction, Julian and his company have inspected over 15,000 structures.

Julian Construction routinely works with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more seismic retrofit work in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

California Could Get An Early Earthquake Warning System By Next Year

It’s about time!

During a meeting for the Japan Geo-science and American Geo-physical Union, Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said that California could get its early earthquake warning system by next year.

Already, earthquake sensing stations are being installed throughout California, staffing for the system has begun and the software has seen major improvements.

Earlier this month, congress approved a $10.2 million budget for the system, up $2 million from last year.

The earthquake warning system could give as much as a minute’s notice before the shaking of a major quake makes its way to densely populated cities and public areas.

The system would allow places like classrooms, offices, malls, amusement parks, hospitals, police stations and fire stations to have access to these alerts, saving many more lives with extra seconds to drop and cover.

For now, seismologists are hoping for a limited release – installing earthquake alarm systems in public areas first – but, eventually notifying people by phone and computer.

“I think what is the most likely to happen is that the rollout will be in stages, where the end goal is a West Coast-wide – from Mexico-U.S. border to the Canadian U.S. border – systems,” Diego Melgar, research geophysicist at Berkeley, told the L.A. Times.

Japan’s already seen success with a similar system, one that allows their trains to slow or stop if an earthquake is detected; and San Francisco has begun programming their trains to slow down when notified about an incoming earthquake as well.

The sample system notified researchers 8 seconds before the 6.0 earthquake that hit Napa back in 2014 and 30 seconds before the 4.4 earthquake that shook downtown L.A. last year.

Even a few extra seconds of time before an earthquake could save countless lives.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles earthquake retrofitting, foundation inspection, foundation repair and foundation replacement. As the founder of Julian Construction, Julian and his company have inspected over 15,000 structures.

Julian Construction routinely works with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more seismic retrofit work in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

Own A Home? Here’s Why You Should Consider Earthquake Insurance

If you live in Southern California, you know that earthquakes pose a very real threat.

Like other forms of insurance, it’s important to make sure your home’s protected when the next major earthquake strikes California.

Earthquake insurance companies, like Earthquake Authority, can work with homeowners to make sure you’re covered within your budget.

You might be thinking you have homeowner’s insurance, you’re fine, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, most homeowner insurance policies do not cover earthquakes which is why you need a separate earthquake policy to protect your home in the event of damage from seismic activity.

While getting earthquake insurance coverage is important when it comes to protecting your home and your belongings, it’s also just as vital to make sure your property is up to current building and safety codes in order to protect your property, your belongings and your loved during an earthquake.

Earthquake Authority, for example, will give you 20% off your California Earthquake Authority insurance policy premium if you have seismically retrofitted your property. Retrofitting your home will make your property more likely to withstand the side-to-side shaking of a quake and less likely to incur damage or danger your loved ones.

You may want to consider getting your home inspected for seismic safety if your property was built before 1979 (before safer building codes were implemented), has been built using wood-frame construction, if your structure has a raised foundation with post and piers located below, if the wood-frame of your home is connected to concrete foundation or if the cripple walls (the wall-like structures located under your home) are less than a full story in height.

With three major fault lines running through Southern California, it’s important to be proactive about earthquake safety.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles seismic retrofit, foundation inspection, foundation repair and foundation replacement. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more retrofit work and foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

 

Julian Construction Offers Underpinning

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company, is offering underpinning in the Los Angeles area.

Underpinning is the method used to strengthen and stabilize the foundation of a structure, provide increased depth or to repair a faulty foundation. Underpinning is installed beneath your foundation to provide additional support to your home. Homeowners may choose this method if they are planning to add stories onto their existing structure or if their foundation has been damaged. When cracks are visible and wider than ¼ inch, underpinning is usually needed.

According to Julian Construction, there are various reasons for foundation underpinning, including to support the additional loads of a second-story addition. In some cases, the existing foundation has settled or rotated at certain points, and in other cases the interior configuration is modified, resulting in the removal or change of load-bearing walls.

“They arrived on time and completed the job just as they described. They handled everything from start to finish including permit and final inspection with the city. I did my homework before selecting a company to do this project and when they came out for the estimate, I knew I had found the right company for the job,” Eileen, a past client of Julian Construction, stated.

Julian Construction has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years. Julian owns its own company and is built on a “no middleman” model – no salesman, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323-733-3377, by fax at 323-733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/ or http://foundationrepairforlosangeles.com/blog/.