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 »

Earthquake Retrofitting: What’s House Bolting?

If you live in California, you know earthquakes pose imminent danger. That’s why, as a homeowner, it’s imperative to make sure your property’s foundation is seismically sound. The goal of earthquake retrofitting is to reinforce your home’s foundation, to ensure the property is safe from damage or collapse in the […] Read more »

Scientists Say 7.4 Earthquake Could Hit Los Angeles to San Diego At The Same Time

A recent study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research says the discovery of a new earthquake fault line could rattle areas like Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego at the same time. Scientists found that a 7.4 quake could hit southern California and would be far more powerful than […] 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 »

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 »

Brick Foundation Repair: What You Need To Know

Does your home have a brick foundation? Brick foundations are quite common in Los Angeles, but as much as they can be aesthetically pleasing, there are some risks associated with these structures. Like most substances, the motar – which is used to glue the bricks to one another – degrades […] 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 »

2017 Homeowner Registration For Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program Now Open For Enrollment

Big news, Angelinos. The Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program is now open for enrollment for Los Angeles homeowners living in 90018 and 90019 zip codes. The Brace + Bolt program is giving grants for “building-code-compliant” seismic retrofits. Specifically, retrofits that strengthen older homes to prevent properties from sliding and collapsing […] Read more »

Earthquake Brace + Bolt Grants Open For Enrollment in Santa Barbara, First Time In Four Years

Homeowners in Santa Barbara are finally eligible to register for the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program (EBB). Qualifying residents can receive up to $3,000 to retrofit their homes, as a measure to get more earthquake safe properties on the streets of California. While EBB opened registration to homeowners in Los […] Read more »