Does Your Building Need Seismic Upgrades? Here’s How to Tell

Posted August 27, 2019, under Blog

In California, seismic upgrades are required for residential multi-unit structures and commercial buildings that do not meet specific safety standards. If you own an apartment or commercial building in California that could be lacking modern seismic upgrades and reinforcements, it’s important to know if your …

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New Research Shows Large Earthquakes Preceded by Smaller Ones

Posted August 22, 2019, under Blog

According to new research, seismologists have found that the majority of larger earthquakes are preceded by clusters of smaller quakes. “One of the biggest questions in earthquake seismology is how earthquakes get started,” the study’s lead author, Daniel Trugman, seismologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory …

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ShakeAlertLA Getting New Updates After Failing to Notify Residents of Shaking

Posted August 15, 2019, under Blog

The Los Angeles earthquake notification app, ShakeAlertLA, is getting some much-needed updates. The app, which was developed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the U.S. geological Survey, failed to notify Los Angeles residents of the Fourth of July earthquake (and the subsequent quakes that followed). ShakeAlertLA, …

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State Officials Urging So Cal Homeowners to Earthquake Retrofit Their Homes

Posted August 7, 2019, under Blog

State officials are urging Southern California homeowners to earthquake retrofit their homes and to get earthquake insurance. In light of the recent spike in large-magnitude earthquakes, state officials and residents alike are taking proactive measures to protect their communities and their properties. “Retrofitting your home …

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Experts Worry Recent Earthquakes Could Trigger Activity on Dangerous Faults

Posted July 17, 2019, under Blog

The two earthquakes that rattled Southern California over the 4th of July holiday weekend – the 6.4 and 7.1 temblors near Ridgecrest, CA – have experts worried of what may follow on nearby faults. “Those earthquakes [could] set off lots of other earthquakes [aftershocks],” said …

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Thousands of Earthquakes Rattle California in the Last Week, Raises Concerns for Soft Story Structures

Posted July 9, 2019, under Blog

After suffering two massive earthquakes over the fourth of July holiday weekend, California has experienced a new earthquake roughly every minute after. Since that 6.4 temblor – the first quake to rock Ridgecrest, CA on July 4th— there have been over 5,400 small earthquakes in …

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Earthquake Risk Increases in Southern California After 7.1 Shaker

Posted July 6, 2019, under Blog

In less than two days, California experienced two of the largest earthquakes in its state boarders since 1999. On the fourth of a July, a 6.4 magnitude temblor stuck Ridgecrest, CA, with shaking felt all the way in Las Vegas and in the Bay area. …

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Earthquake Swarm Raises Concern for Southern California Residents

Posted July 2, 2019, under Blog

A recent earthquake swarm has residents of one southern California city very worried. In the Fontana area, there have been more than 700 recent earthquakes since May 25th, with three of the temblors ranging in a 3 magnitude or greater. “People ought to be concerned,” …

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Everything to Know About Soft Story Retrofitting

Posted June 12, 2019, under Blog

Soft story buildings are multi-unit structures that were built with a weak or vulnerable first floor. This is known as the “soft” floor, which usually acts as a space for tuck under parking. Because of the way these buildings have been constructed, the open design …

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