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Earthquake Retrofit Bay Area  // Posts published by Earthquake Retrofit Bay Area

The Great Quake of 1906

The Great Quake of 1906

The last thing that residents of San Francisco expected early on the morning of April 18, 1906, was the terrifying noise and shaking of a mega-quake. While the quake lasted just about a minute, at that time, it was considered to be the worst natural disaster in our country’s history. By today’s measurements, the quake […]

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Reinforce and Insure Before the Next “Big One”

Reinforce and Insure Before the Next “Big One”

Did you know that only about 10 percent of California businesses and homeowners with property insurance also carry earthquake coverage?   While applications for earthquake coverage are usually simple to complete and submit, they are not so easy to get approved with reasonable pricing.  In order to get a quote, all that is usually needed is […]

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Earthquake Preparedness – Is Your Property Prepared?

Earthquake Preparedness – Is Your Property Prepared?

There have been many major advances and innovations in earthquake preparedness over the last half century, particularly in the field of building design and construction engineering.  In order to reinforce commercial properties against the forces of powerful seismic activity, an international set of standards for building construction, called the Uniform Building Code, was created about forty […]

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Measuring Earthquake Intensity

Measuring Earthquake Intensity

The earliest earthquake measurements were simple reports with descriptions called intensity ratings.  For the most part, these documentations were very subjective and considered to be fairly unreliable descriptions.  The reliability of the documentation depended on the distance between the quake’s epicenter, and the people evaluating the event. Eventually, more systematic approaches were developed to measure both magnitude […]

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Powerful Earthquakes in the 20th Century

Powerful Earthquakes in the 20th Century

Earthquakes happen throughout California on a regular basis.  The San Andreas and Hayward Faults are the most well-known, however there are more than one hundred different faults located throughout the state.  While most seismic activity is never felt by residents, thousands of tiny earthquakes are detected each year.  Much of the distinctive landscape in California […]

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It Is Not Too Late to Retrofit Your Soft Story Building

It Is Not Too Late to Retrofit Your Soft Story Building

Many residents throughout California can still recall the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck a typical Los Angeles neighborhood in January 1994.  That well-known temblor, known as the Northridge Earthquake, brought about national attention to a basic structural flaw that is the curse of many commercial buildings around our country.  Many of these buildings are located […]

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Reduce the Cost of Earthquake Insurance

Reduce the Cost of Earthquake Insurance

Earthquakes in California are regular occurrences; after all, the state is located on many faults, including the great San Andreas Fault.   Each one of those many faults is capable of producing devastatingly powerful earthquakes.  Many scientists are saying that the West Coast is well overdue for a mighty earthquake that could be as strong […]

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Adequate Fire Sprinkler Bracing Is a Necessity

Adequate Fire Sprinkler Bracing Is a Necessity

The media has given a lot of attention to earthquake events over the last decade, and we have seen that powerful seismic activity can happen at any time and in any place around the globe.  Many times, they do not even occur near a major fault line.  In fact, older commercial buildings constructed before the […]

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Property Owners Benefit from an Earthquake Retrofit

Property Owners Benefit from an Earthquake Retrofit

There is more to an earthquake retrofit that initially meets the eye.  An earthquake retrofit protects not only the tenants, employees, and customers, it also protects the actual property, the equipment and any inventory inside the building.  An earthquake retrofit also has the added benefit of potentially lowering insurance premiums and attracting lenders; it also […]

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Bay Area Earthquake Probabilities

Bay Area Earthquake Probabilities

In 2008, scientists and engineers announced a new earthquake forecast for the State of California.  The report was called the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF), and it was a collection of information put together by the USGS (United States Geological Survey), the CGS (California Geological Survey), and the SCEC (Southern California Earthquake Center).  This […]

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