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I was just watching this documentary about the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake, and I was curious, how many Californian's here on the 4 retrofitted their homes to better withstand a quake. From what is said regarding the seismic activity of Southern California, the 1994 quake was not the big one. I've been hearing more and more about a big earthquake in L.A. recently and it's making me more, aware. I'm preparing an earth quake kit, we live on the 3rd floor of a 3 story building, worse come to worse, I'm rappelling down.

BTW this is the right section for this type of thread right? Made sense to me.
 

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Yeah, seems like the right place for this thread. I'm actually curious about this, too. I live in Colorado where our biggest natural disaster is a fat redneck hag wearing skin tight pants at Walmart, so we don't really retrofit our houses for anything. Other than keeping your houses efficiently sealed for heating purposes, we don't have much to worry about here.

The reason you've heard more and more about "the big one" is because of the Mayan 2012 / world ending shindig. The real "big one" in the US will be when Yellowstone pops it's top!
 

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The real "big one" in the US will be when Yellowstone pops it's top!
I knew that was you on Doomsday Preppers!

Most chimneys should be retrofitted by now. That is usually the most expensive retrofit. Foundation bolting and sheer-paneling cripple walls are fairly straightforward and almost any idiot can do the work, so there aren't many excuses for not doing it. For the OP, I assume you live in an apartment building. When was it built? Do you know what to look for to see if your building is retrofitted?
 

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I knew that was you on Doomsday Preppers!

Most chimneys should be retrofitted by now. That is usually the most expensive retrofit. Foundation bolting and sheer-paneling cripple walls are fairly straightforward and almost any idiot can do the work, so there aren't many excuses for not doing it. For the OP, I assume you live in an apartment building. When was it built? Do you know what to look for to see if your building is retrofitted?
I do not.
 

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After the the big quakes here in N.z I can tell you that a lot of what people thought was good quake strengthing on their homes has turned out to be useless. It's been quite interesting with information coming to light of what has and has not worked in terms of quake re-enforcement.

The best thing you can do is to have a emergency kit (ie:water/torches/canned food/batterys/radio etc) tucked away somewhere for you and your family. As for the buildings you live in the simple truth is all the data may say it will stand up to a 8 or 9 quake but if the builders/engineers have taken a short cut somewhere to meet a deadline/budget...then you have a problem. The reason I say that is beacuse a large hotel here was meant to be strong enough to stand up to a 8 but due to a small building tweak to make it fit a street the large hotel ended up on a large lean over said street and the fire stairs from the top 6 levels collapsed.
 

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The building I live seems as if it was constructed in the 1950s or 1960s. Not too sure, as far as structural soundness....again not too sure. I just hope it doesn't come down to having to "apt climb" off the balcony; most of the building residents are seniors & it would be catastrophic.
 
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