Earthquake Swarm Rattles Northern California
Last week, an earthquake swarm rattled parts of Northern California.
The largest of the temblors occurred Wednesday, a magnitude 3.8 quake, that occurred near Antioch, California at 8:35 PM.
In the past 10 days, there have been three earthquakes to shake the area, ranking in a 3.0 magnitude or higher.
According to the US Geological Survey, some believe an earthquake swarm could ignite a larger earthquake sequence by creating an “extra kick of gas bubbles” that may form within bigger fault systems. They describe this effect as, “similar to shaking a Coke bottle, these bubbles could ultimately increase the overall fluid pressure at depth and trigger more earthquakes.”
It’s important to remember that California is considered “earthquake country,” and that it’s not a matter of “if” the Big One will strike the Golden State, as it is a “when” it will occur.
If you live in California, it’s important to get proactive about seismic safety.
If you live in an older home, earthquake retrofitting is a necessary safeguard that will help protect your property and those who reside there during a large earthquake.
In addition to making any needed earthquake retrofits, it’s important to have an emergency earthquake kit on-hand in your household with enough food, water, and medication to last every person and pet for at least three days.
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.