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Did You Feel It? 3.7 Quake Shakes Los Angeles & How to Protect Your Home


Did you feel the recent magnitude 3.7 earthquake this week? It was near the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone

A magnitude 3.7 earthquake rattled Windsor-Hills, a neighborhood neighboring South Los Angeles & Culver City, just a few minutes after midnight. Several Angelenos and even some of our Bay Cities Construction employees were woken up the the light shaking, enough to rattle dishes and plenty of nerves. The recent earthquake struck near the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone (NIFZ), a 47 mile long strike-slip fault that extends from Culver City in the north, all the way down to Newport Beach, in Orange County. The San Andreas Fault, capable of producing 'The Big One', is just one of several faults ...

What is a Brace+Bolt Retrofit? How to Protect Your Home from Earthquakes


Protecting Your Home from Earthquakes is Easier than Ever.

We all know that California is ‘Earthquake Country’, but did you know that nearly every neighborhood in Los Angeles is near an earthquake fault? In fact according to the Southern California Earthquake Center (Plesch, 2007) there are over 140 active faults in Southern California. Nervous? Don’t be, you can protect your home with a Seismic Retrofit. If your home has a raised foundation and was built before the 1970s, a Brace + Bolt Seismic Retrofit might be right for you. Our short article will help explain what a Seismic Retrofit is, how long the installation will take, and why retrofitting your foundation is a smart ...