When earthquake shaking hits your home in California, do you run for the door frame, or run outside the building, or find the triangle of life? Hopefully not because these are all proven myths. Instead, just remember: Drop, Cover, and Hold on.
If a major earthquake hits in Southern California, does that mean an earthquake will soon happen in Northern California, and vice-versa? How worried should I be when a major earthquake occurs hundreds of miles away from me? Read on to learn more about fault lines and what the experts say.
Brick buildings are charming, and people are trending back to reviving historical buildings. When was the last time you saw a nice brewery in a rustic brick building? Or a white painted brick wall in a gelato place? Probably recently. Just because a business is in a brick building or a unit is up for rent in a brick building, doesn’t mean that the building is a safe place to be during an earthquake.
Brick buildings are charming, but they’re a known danger during an earthquake. Unreinforced masonry (brick) buildings are especially dangerous if they haven’t been retrofitted.
Building codes in California have prohibited construction of new brick buildings since the 1930s, after a collapsing brick building in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake killed school children. However, brick buildings built before then might still be at risk, particularly if they have not been retrofitted. How do I know if my brick building is safe?
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.