3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Ukiah, California
On Wednesday, a 3.9 magnitude earthquake rattled residents near Ukiah, California at 8:41 AM.
The temblor was roughly 45 miles from Clearlake, 51 miles from Healdsburg, 57 miles from Windsor, and 64 miles from Santa Rosa. The quake occurred 4.1 miles below the surface.
Smaller magnitude quakes in the 3.0 and 4.0 range, like the one near Ukiah, occur about 234 times per year in California and Nevada.
The last major earthquakes to strike Southern California were the Ridgecrest earthquakes in 2019, with magnitudes of 6.4 and 7.1. They lasted 12 seconds, and more than 6,000 people lost power.
Before Ridgecrest, it was the 1994 Northridge earthquake that rattled Los Angeles. The 6.7 magnitude shaker killed 58 people, injured more than 9,000 residents, and caused roughly $49 billion in damage and economic loss.
Whenever there is an earthquake in Southern California, it’s a reminder that the inevitable “Big One” can strike at any time.
So what qualifies as the “Big One”? When the “Big One” strikes it will be 44 times bigger than the Northridge earthquake, meaning a 7.8 magnitude or higher, and will most likely occur on the San Andreas fault.
The USGS predicts that a “strong” or “major” event will hit Los Angeles in the next 30 years. That’s because large seismic events occur along the San Andreas every 45 – 230 years, and it’s been 161 years since the last event.
As a Southern California resident, it’s essential that you take all of the necessary precautions to prepare for earthquakes as best you can.
That means having an earthquake kit stocked with enough food, water, and medicine for every person, child, and pet in your household, and getting your home retrofitted for earthquakes.
Most older homes built in Los Angeles, especially those before 1985, are lacking the modern structural reinforcements to withstand the shaking from a large earthquake.
Luckily, earthquake retrofitting is a cost-effective solution that can reinforce a home’s existing foundation by adding extra hardware to make it more resistant to sliding off its foundation during an earthquake.
If you think your home is in need of earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!
Julian Construction was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.
When you work with Julian Construction, you get the principles of the company and the workers of Julian Construction under your home.
And in order to keep foundation repair affordable for our customers, we offer a price guarantee — because we know our quote for repair will represent your very best value.
Give us a call at call (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.