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What is a soft-story retrofit?

Popular in neighborhoods across California are so-called, soft-story homes, which commonly feature a living space over a garage. The living space often is used as a bedroom, playroom or office. Because of their construction type, soft-story homes, which usually are two or more stories high, are susceptible to earthquake damage and are prime candidates for what's called a soft-story seismic retrofit.

July 26, 2022

Which U.S. State has the Most Earthquakes?

Earthquakes big and small happen every day, but where are they most common? If you live in California, you might think the Golden State is the gold medal winner for most earthquakes in the United States. While California does get more than its fair share of shakers, Alaska has the dubious distinction of being the state where most earthquakes occur in the U.S. Important distinctions between the two leading, earthquake-prone states are their land mass size and population. With 39 million people living in 163,000 square miles, California residents have a much greater chance of personally experiencing an earthquake compared to Alaska with its population of 663,000 residing in 732,000 square miles. Any way you slice it, if you live in one of these two states, you stand a good chance of feeling the ground shake. 

June 23, 2022

What Damage Can Happen to Your Home in an Earthquake

The violent shaking caused by major earthquakes can cause catastrophic damage and destruction to homes and other structures. Homes that are not property braced and bolted to their foundations can be shifted off their foundations, with items inside a house tossed around like small boats on the high seas. In the Golden State, homes built before 1980 when modern building codes went into effect can be especially susceptible to earthquake shaking, resulting in earthquake damage. The seismic retrofitting of these older homes can help lessen potential damage.

May 31, 2022

How Earthquakes Cause Damage and Destruction

It’s not a matter of if, but when the next big earthquake will pay an unwelcome visit to the Golden State. Scientists say there is more than a 99 percent chance that at least one magnitude 6.7 or stronger shaker will strike sometime in the next 30 years in California. When a quake of that size does occur, the violent ground shaking it produces could turn our lives, our property and our communities upside down. Because of that likelihood, it is important to learn more about the destructive effects of earthquakes and how we can better prepare ourselves for the damage caused by earthquakes.

May 10, 2022

What Should You Do During an Earthquake?

California is a beautiful place to live, with sandy beaches, bountiful agriculture, a healthy economy and majestic mountains. But with all that said, the Golden State is not without its faults—as in more than 15,000 known earthquakes faults. Because of the likelihood of one of those faults rupturing, it is vitally important that we know what to do during an earthquake.

March 25, 2022

Can Earthquakes Be Predicted?

California has more than a 99% chance of one or more magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquakes striking within the next 30 years, according to scientists. It is a fact that an earthquake can occur anywhere, anytime, any day in California. While earthquake science, unfortunately, cannot yet predict precisely when the next big one will occur, you can prepare yourself and your family with a scientific understanding of earthquake forecasts and earthquake probabilities.   

February 16, 2022

Is it worth earthquake retrofitting a home in San Jose?

Living in California, it is a fact of life that it’s not a matter of if, but when a major earthquake will occur. And if you live in the San Jose area in a home built before 1980, your dwelling may be particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage because it was constructed before modern seismic building codes were put in place. With a 72 percent chance of at least one major earthquake striking the San Jose/Bay Area in the next 30 years and with more than 63 percent of the housing units in Santa Clara County having been built before 1980, it makes sense to strongly consider a seismic retrofit.   

January 06, 2022

Is it worth earthquake retrofitting a home in San Diego?

If you live in an older home in the San Diego area, especially one built before 1980, your dwelling may be more susceptible to earthquake damage because it was constructed before modern seismic building codes were put in place. With a 99 percent chance of at least one major earthquake striking anywhere in California, including the San Diego area, in the next 30 years and with more than 53 percent of the housing units in San Diego County having been built before 1980, it makes sense to strongly consider a seismic retrofit.

November 30, 2021

Is a seismic retrofit worth it in San Francisco?

If you live in an older home in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially one built before 1980, your dwelling may be more susceptible to earthquake damage because it was constructed before modern seismic building codes were put in place. With a 72 percent chance of at least one major earthquake striking the San Francisco Bay Area in the next 30 years and with more than 81 percent of the housing units in San Francisco County having been built before 1980, it makes sense to strongly consider a seismic retrofit.

October 29, 2021

Earthquake Retrofitting Los Angeles Homes: Is It Worth It?

If you live in an older home in Los Angeles, especially one built before 1980, your house may be more susceptible to earthquake damage because it was constructed before modern seismic building codes were put in place. Many residential buildings in L.A. are vulnerable to earthquake damage. With a 93 percent chance of at least one major earthquake striking the Los Angeles area in the next 30 years and with more than 74 percent of the housing units in Los Angeles County having been built before 1980, it makes sense to strongly consider a seismic retrofit.

September 30, 2021

Follow Essential Earthquake Safety Tips

Most Californians live within 30 miles of an active fault. We want to help you get prepared before the next damaging earthquake with earthquake safety tips for your home and family.

August 31, 2021

What are Earthquake Hazards?

Earthquakes shake the ground we live on, but they also cause ruptures within the earth, trigger landslides and may even turn soil to liquid. Every part of California has some level of earthquake risk, but some of them can be mitigated. It is important to learn about how the seismic hazards where you live can affect your home and possibly an entire region during an earthquake.

July 30, 2021

California Earthquake Probabilities

Scientists say there is more than a 99 percent chance of at least one earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater striking anywhere in California in the next 30 years. It is a fact of life living in California that an earthquake can occur anywhere, anytime, any day. While it is not a matter of if, but when—and no one can predict when or where a major earthquake will strike—you can prepare yourself and your family before the next one hits by understanding earthquake probabilities.

June 30, 2021

Protecting Your House from Earthquake Damage

Read our blog to find out the safest ways to protect your house from earthquakes and mitigate damage!

May 28, 2021

Is a Seismic Retrofit Worth it in California?

If you live in California and your house was built before 1980 and has a raised foundation, experts say there is a good chance your house needs to be retrofitted. Strengthening your house with a seismic retrofit is a good way to help prevent costly earthquake damage.

April 30, 2021

What is Earthquake Retrofitting?

Read our blog to find out what a seismic retrofit is and why you should consider getting it done.

March 24, 2021

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