Is the West Coast ready for the big one? Earthquake that is!
Experts predict the West Coast should be prepared for the next big earthquake to hit very soon, as early as tomorrow! Are you ready?
Mid-December of 2022, USA Today released the article, ‘It could happen tomorrow’: Experts know disaster upon disaster looms for West Coast in which, “Scientists say a massive quake could strike the San Francisco Bay Area at any moment. And when it does, the city can expect to be slammed with a force equal to hundreds of atomic bombs.” Are we doing all is necessary to prepare?
On December 20th 2022 at 2:34am (no warning and potential to hit at any time) a magnitude 6.4 earthquake occurred near Ferndale, a small community about 210 miles northwest of San Francisco and close to the Pacific coast. This quake left 70,000 people without power as well as damaged infrastructures and leaving many without water, not to mentioned injuries and couple fatalities. The devastation that the big one will cause in highly dense areas is inconceivable. For further details regarding this quake, visit USGS https://www.usgs.gov/news/featured-story/magnitude-64-earthquake-near-ferndale-california
The SEAOC, Structural Engineers Association of California assists with various resources for earthquake preparation and response. And, this event serves as another opportunity to remind ourselves and the public to be prepared for natural disasters and hazards. In addition, SEAOC collaborates and discusses the potential for aftershocks and possibility of increased magnitude events. Aftershocks may further damage or cause the collapse of buildings or structures that were compromised during the main shock and can occur at any time up to hours, weeks, and even years after the initial event. Checking the structural integrity of buildings and infrastructure is crucial especially in older more vulnerable buildings however, after major hazardous impacts such as this it is vital. Be prepared for “the big one!” For assistance, please visit our website, Saundersseismic.com. Saunders Construction is the premier structural repair and seismic retrofit company in California. Saunders Construction now services five states, California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah, https://saundersseismic.com/contact/