Los Angeles Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program

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Introduction: In 2015, Ordinances 183893 and 184081 were passed by the city of Los Angeles, California. These ordinances focus on retrofitting old buildings so that they are better able to cope with the seismic threats that regularly plague the state of California. Specifically, these ordinances covered buildings built before January 1st, 1978. These ordinances were […]

Earthquake Safety Tips Before, During, and After

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California is frequently struck by earthquakes and the next quake may well be the next Big One. No one knows when the next major earthquake will occur, or what part of the state it will affect. Despite our inability to predict these things, we’ve come a long way in preventing earthquake-related damages and injuries. As […]

How Seismic Retrofits Helped Minimize the Damage from Earthquake?


As the nation celebrated this year’s Independence Day, Ridgecrest Earthquakes rocked Southern California. Multiple shocks were recorded over July 4th and 5th, with the strongest reaching 7.1 Mw – a magnitude similar to that of the Loma Prieta, Northridge, and the 2010 Haiti Earthquakes. The quakes struck at a dangerous depth of only 4.3 miles […]

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