The Big One refers to a theoretical earthquake of magnitude 8 or more that is expected to happen along the San Andreas Fault in California. The San Andreas Fault is a continental transform fault that extends by 1,200 kilometers. It creates the tectonic boundary between the Pacific plate and the North American plate and is right-lateral strike-slip in motion horizontally. An earthquake of magnitude 8 or greater causes a lot of damage and to buildings, roads and power supply structure and is likely to cause death because of the large areas that the seismic waves cover. Since the Big One can strike anytime, Los Angeles residents have no choice but to prepare for the Big One in order to prevent any injuries, death or damage to their property. There are various ways in Which you can prepare yourself or your Los Angeles home against the Big One, such as :
Retrofit Your Home
In order to protect your Los Angeles home from earthquake damage, earthquake retrofit is one of the most important things you can do. Earthquake retrofit is the modification of an existing building in order to make it more resistant to earthquake damage. Earthquake retrofit involves the attaching of the property firmly to it’s foundation so as to prevent the vertical and horizontal movements of the earthquake from damaging your property. Different methods such as house bolting, soft story retrofitting can be used to retrofit the structure. The city of Los Angeles has also mandated the retrofit of soft story buildings because they are deemed not structurally fit to withstand an earthquake.
Earthquake Preparedness Kit
The Big One will be very catastrophic and cause different kinds of damage, from deaths to road damage, power and water outages. This means that after the seismic activity ends, Los Angeles residents will most likely not have water, electricity or even the ability to drive away from their houses because most roads will be damaged. An earthquake preparedness kit is not like your regular survival kit because it takes into account all the aftermath of the earthquake such as lack of water, electricity and medication. A standard kit should include anti infection medication, water and food to last for at least 3 days, signal mirrors, flashlights and hand radios.
Consider Earthquake Insurance
Another way to prepare for the big one is by insuring your home against earthquakes. The homeowners policy doesn’t usually cover earthquake damage hence the need for separate earthquake insurance. Earthquake insurance is not very expensive but it can get even cheaper if your home is retrofitted by licensed contractor such as Landmark Construction Crew.
Don’t hesitate to start preparing for the Big One if you are a Los Angeles homeowner or commercial building owner that wants to protect your family or clients against the devastating effects of the the earthquake. Landmark Foundation Crew is a Los Angeles based earthquake retrofit based contractor that will retrofit your house or soft story building against earthquakes. You can call us on (818) 319 4970 to get a free earthquake inspection and estimate today.