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Earthquake Retrofit Los Angeles  // Posts published by Earthquake Retrofit Los Angeles

A Few Earthquake Facts to Ponder

A Few Earthquake Facts to Ponder

Disturbances from underground seismic activity have risen around the world in the last several decades.  News reports regularly document devastation and casualties across the globe. Most residents on the West Coast have heard the predictions that an mega-quake is expected somewhere in the area at any point within the next thirty years.  Of course, no […]

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Earthquake Retrofitting – The Basics

Earthquake Retrofitting – The Basics

Are you concerned that your Los Angeles commercial property will be hit hard, if a mighty temblor hits your near your building’s location?   Was your building constructed more than 25 years ago?   If your answer is yes, now is the time to consider a commercial earthquake retrofit. Having your building go through an earthquake retrofit […]

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Which Los Angeles Buildings Need a Retrofit?

Which Los Angeles Buildings Need a Retrofit?

In May, the Los Angeles City Council decided to take an aggressive stand regarding earthquake safety.  The council charged city building officials to locate all apartment buildings that would be susceptible to collapse as a result of the powerful forces of underground seismic activity.  This survey will focus on finding the many wood-frame structures similar […]

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Retrofitting to Meet Earthquake Safe Building Codes

Retrofitting to Meet Earthquake Safe Building Codes

Up until about 35 years ago, most buildings were designed based on the general idea of build it and move on.  Based on recent seismic activity, we now know that is an extremely dangerous concept, especially in areas around the Pacific Rim.  As history has shown us, California and the entire West Coast are definitely […]

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Earthquake Retrofitting Occupied Buildings

Earthquake Retrofitting Occupied Buildings

Many occupied buildings in the metropolitan Los Angeles area, especially those built more than twenty years ago, are in need structural repairs and strengthening, as part of an earthquake retrofit.  Healthcare facilities, apartment buildings, some small office buildings and large business operations are occupied around the clock, often  seven days a week.   Many commercial property […]

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Is It Possible to Predict an Earthquake?

Is It Possible to Predict an Earthquake?

Several countries around the globe, including China and Japan, currently have agencies dedicated to forecasting seismic activity.  Here in the United States, though, we seem to be bringing up the rear when it comes to researching and understanding earthquake prediction possibilities.  Even though there are some in the scientific community who continue to voice the […]

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Lessons Learned after the 2011 Japan Earthquake

Lessons Learned after the 2011 Japan Earthquake

Even before 2011, most would agree that Japan was one of the most prepared countries in the world for an immensely powerful earthquake.  When the 2011 mega-quake hit Japan, however, not only was the quake destructive, it also triggered a huge tsunami that was shockingly devastating.  Most of us can remember the many vivid videos […]

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Retrofit Your Soft Story Building Before It Is Too Late

Retrofit Your Soft Story Building Before It Is Too Late

Many people can still vividly recall the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck the Los Angeles neighborhood of Reseda in January, 1994.  That particular quake, known as the Northridge Earthquake, brought about the national spotlight to a fundamental structural flaw that is the curse of thousands of buildings.  Many of these buildings are located in some […]

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Earthquakes in Southern California

Earthquakes in Southern California

The many earthquakes in California are caused by the movement of massive chunks of the earth’s crust – the North American and Pacific plates.  The Pacific plate is moving northwest, scraping past the North American plate at a rate of approximately 2 inches every year.  Close to two-thirds of this movement occurs on the San […]

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Earthquake-Safe Properties Are Marketable

Earthquake-Safe Properties Are Marketable

In today’s economic climate, it is easier to compete in the Los Angeles commercial real estate market with earthquake-safe properties.  Industrial properties, multi-family apartment buildings and other commercial properties on the market in the Los Angeles area are part of regularly shifting real estate trends.  Studies show that the asking prices for commercial properties experienced […]

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