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.
Most Americans can name only one fault line – the San Andreas Fault. Running nearly the entire length of California, this fault has the potential to unleash a devastating earthquake at any moment. But, do people really believe the big one is coming? Do you?
How do buildings keep their occupants safe in earthquakes? A well-enforced building code is a critical first step, but technology also plays a significant role. In part 1 of this series, we focused on one of the most popular methods to protect buildings from earthquake damage, base isolation. In this article, we will share more ways to keep buildings safe in earthquakes by describing innovative protective systems and how these technologies help buildings resist earthquakes.
The lessons learned from past earthquakes get incorporated into the building codes for all future structures. However, all of the structures built before that time are still at risk. Sometimes the government passes ordinances to fix structural deficiencies found in older buildings, but some people choose to be out of compliance. This is common with brick buildings. Is this allowed? How do I know if I live in an unsafe building?