Everything You Need to Know About Earthquake Retrofitting

As a California resident, you know that earthquakes pose a real threat. As we saw with the devastating Northridge earthquake of 1994, large seismic quakes can cause serious damage to buildings and homes. Thanks to advances in structural engineering, earthquake retrofitting is one of the most efficient ways to prevent […] Read more »

Does Your Home Need Earthquake Retrofitting? Here’s How to Tell …

Unlike the mandatory retrofit of soft-story structures in Los Angeles, as a homeowner you can proactively retrofit your home. Typically, for the average single family residence, the cost is somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 dollars, assuming there are no special conditions. Relative to the value of Los Angeles’ real estate, […] Read more »

Santa Monica Passes Nation’s Largest Earthquake Retrofitting Effort

Santa Monica is committed to ensuring seismic safety for their residents and visitors. On Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council passed legislation requiring 2,000 buildings – including those constructed with concrete and steel-frame foundations – to be retrofitted if found susceptible to earthquake damage. The measure was first proposed back […] Read more »

U.S. Geological Survey Says One Greater Los Angeles Area is Due For Major Earthquake

Bad news for California. The U.S. Geological Survey just released a new study, revealing that the Grapevine – which is just north of Los Angeles, running along Interstate 5 – could be due for a major earthquake. On average, they found that the Grapevine has had an earthquake every 100 […] Read more »

Santa Barbara Hit By 3.4 Earthquake, Highlights Importance of City Retrofitting Measures

A 3.4 earthquake rattled residents in Santa Barbara Wednesday night. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the quake occurred at 8:49 p.m. and was centered in the Santa Barbara channel near Gaviota. Located just 13 miles south of the seismic activity, residents in Solvang felt the brunt of the quake […] Read more »

Santa Monica City Council Approves Nation’s Largest Retrofitting Effort

Santa Monica’s new seismic retrofitting effort could mean big changes for Los Angeles. The City Council approved Santa Monica’s latest seismic safety measure to retrofit some 2,000 buildings deemed vulnerable to earthquakes. Santa Monica’s new safety rules would extend Los Angeles’ recent retrofit efforts, going well beyond the city’s mandate […] Read more »

Cripple Wall Bracing: What You Need to Know

When you seismically retrofit a property, there are several factors that need to be examined. One of the first things an inspector will check is the home’s cripple wall. A cripple wall can be found in the crawl space of the property. How do you know if your home has […] Read more »

Santa Monica Lists 2,000 Buildings Needing Retrofit

Santa Monica is serious about preparing for the next big one. The city is requiring some 2,000 buildings to be seismically retrofitted in a measure to prepare the area for a major earthquake. Going one step further than Los Angeles’ recent measure requiring the retrofit of wood-framed and concrete buildings, […] Read more »

Los Angeles Releases List of 13,500 Apartments In Need of Earthquake Retrofitting

Looks like Los Angeles is getting even more serious about earthquake safety. City inspectors spent over two years compiling information on soft-story structures in need of retrofitting (aka seismic strengthening) around L.A, and the Los Angeles Times just released the data. The list, which has 13,500 properties throughout the county, […] Read more »

Homes Red-Tagged In Hollywood Hills After Landslide, Highlights Importance of Strong Foundation

Two homes were red-tagged in the Hollywood Hills on Tuesday after suffering a significant landslide. One property lost a large part of its backyard after it fell down a hillside. Other homes in the area have been evacuated as a precaution. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department told […] Read more »