Chimneys made of bricks are likely to fall during an earthquake. People often overlook this major weak spot. Your single-story wood-framed house may be safe during an earthquake, but if the brick chimney falls into the house or across your front yard, it could cause injuries.
A large earthquake just hit! Is this the mainshock or a foreshock or an aftershock? Nobody knows until the earthquake shaking starts again in the next day or week. Is another earthquake inevitable? Can the experts predict aftershocks?
During an earthquake, soft story buildings pose an extra risk. Some soft story buildings collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta and 1994 Northridge earthquakes. Cities around California are now catching up by adopting soft story ordinances and requiring retrofits. Do you live in a soft-story building?
We get tornado warnings, hurricane warnings, snow storm warnings, but no earthquake warnings. It’s difficult to prepare for something when we don’t know when it is coming. We only know that eventually, an earthquake will happen. Why is this? And is this changing? Can earthquakes be predicted?
Whoa, was that an earthquake last night? Did you check out Nextdoor or Twitter to see if others also woke up? It’s actually good news when earthquakes hit at night instead of during the day. Night earthquakes mean fewer injuries and fewer fatalities. Let’s look into why this is the case.