5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California Coast
At 11:45 AM on Sunday, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake rattled the coast of Northern California.
The quake occurred at a depth of 10.0 km, west of Petrolia in Humboldt County. Thankfully, there was no reported threat of a tsunami.
The earthquake struck near the same area where a 6.4 quake rattled Humboldt County, back in December 2022, killing two people and injuring about a dozen people. That temblor resulted in widespread damage.
It’s important to remember that California is “earthquake county,” and any earthquake in a magnitude 5 or higher can cause significant destruction.
“In any given year a big earthquake strikes … you can easily anticipate a $100-billion loss,” USGS research structural engineer Kishor Jaiswal told The L.A. Times.
“It’s a sobering reminder about why we need to prepare for those rare but large earthquakes, as just one major event can eclipse the costs of the more frequent but smaller ones,” USGS Director David Applegate explained about the hefty costs of earthquakes.
Luckily, if you own a home there are many important proactive measures you can take to protect your loved ones and your property from natural disasters.
Retrofitting homes, apartment structures, and commercial buildings are key to keeping California resilient in the face of earthquakes.
In fact, retrofitting for earthquakes costs far less than repairing the damage from a large seismic event.
If you think your home may be in need of earthquake retrofitting, foundation repair, or foundation replacement, 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! Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.