Earthquake report triggers shockwaves about retrofitting

A July article in The New Yorker about a potentially devastating earthquake in the Pacific Northwest has sent shockwaves through western Washington, causing an uptick in requests for earthquake retrofits.


Seismograph. Image by Ray Bouknight / CC BY 2.0

Companies that retrofit homes to withstand seismic activity are reporting lengthy waiting lists, and one company called Sound Seismic has crews booked up until next summer. Classes that educate homeowners about retrofitting homes and earthquake preparedness are also filling up fast.

Washington state gets around 2700 earthquakes a year, but The New Yorker article said the ‘Really Big One’ would destroy a large portion of the Northwest. Read more: 

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