Living in Southern California, whether you like it or not, means being prepared for earthquakes. The area is riddled with faults due to an unusual bend in the San Andreas. Another concern is how the ground your home is built on reacts in the event of a large earthquake. Haiti should be a wake-up call for each of us to determine our relative risk. There are 2 websites you can check, to see if you live in any seismic hazard zones. The first map is to help you locate the earthquake faults in the Los Angeles Area . Click on the faults for more information. The second map shows what areas would liquefy or settle in the event of a major earthquake. This is the Southern California Liquefaction Map. Click on your square for a detailed map. Most will want to select the Venice, Beverly Hills or Topanga squares, then zoom in to find your location.
Nobody likes to think about earthquakes, but the fact is we live in earthquake country. Besides being prepared, it's important to know how susceptible an area is during an earthquake This could affect your decision in choosing where to live. How many people do you think even have earthquake insurance these days?
Monday, July 6, 2015