Earthquake Safety Retrofits

Bookmarked Seismic Solutions (Simpson Strong-Tie Site)

Seismic Solutions | Simpson Strong-Tie

Washington resources: – online classes

Growing up in California, earthquakes weigh on me. I was really little for the Loma Prieta earthquake but I remember taking my duplos outside to wait for aftershocks.

My dad saw our crawl space and was horrified by the lack of earthquake safety, so it’s been on my mental to-do list to have a seismic retrofit done, but it keeps dropping to the bottom of the list.

We watched part of a documentary about The Big One that we’re due for in my lifetime. Living on a subduction zone is mildly disconcerting. Nothing much for a thousand years, then a magnitude 9 earthquake. I think winter storms have been a preview that we’re not ready for a disaster like that.

Would a seismic retrofit really protect us from a quake that big? Maybe…

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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