The Dangers of Having an Unreinforced Chimney during an Earthquake

Unreinforced masonry chimney may collapse, striking occupants below or damaging roof and other structural elements supporting the building. In…


The Importance of Seismic Retrofitting Before An Earthquake

Earthquakes, especially major ones, are dangerous, inevitable, and a fact of life in some parts of the United States. Sooner or later another “big…


Buildings with Substantial Structural Damage to Vertical Elements of the Lateral Force

Buildings with Substantial Structural Damage to Vertical Elements of the Lateral Force- Resisting System  Section 3405.2 through 3405.2.3 describes…


How to Protect your Business from an Earthquake in California

Earthquakes are a fact of life in California. As a business owner, you have an extra responsibility to protect your employees and your business from…


Does Your Home Need Earthquake Retrofitting in Los Angeles?

If built prior to the year 2000, than your home or building definitely needs earthquake retrofitting. The first, and most important step of…