Soft Story Retrofit Newbury Park
An earthquake hit San Francisco, California on this day in 1989 which killed 67 people and causing over $5 billion dollars in damages. As power and destructive this earthquake was it so happen to hit a populated area in the United States, it had a small toll death. The San Andreas Fault to San Francisco was well known, that is why building codes forced new structures to be built to withstand earthquakes. Those regulations called for older buildings to be retrofitted to meet the new standards, but because of the expense these projects were a low priority to the community.
On October 17, the Bay area did not see it coming at all. They had their own thing to worry about such as World Series for both local teams, the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit from Santa Cruz all the way to Oakland. The marina in San Francisco suffered great damage, not to mention soft story homes that were built before 1972 completely collapsed. Burst of gas and pipes sparked fires that burned out of control for nearly 48 hours.
Not to mention the bridge damage on the road. 41 of the 67 victims of this earthquake there were motorists on the lower level of the Nimitz, who were killed when the upper level of the road collapsed and crushed them in their cars. Only one person was killed on the Bay Bridge–which had been scheduled for a retrofitting the following week–because there were no cars under the section that collapsed.
Can you imagine if this were to happen in Newbury Park, California? Obviously we don’t have big bridges like San Francisco, but we do have earthquake land in common. And about 28 years earlier many were not thinking about retrofitting their soft story home in San Francisco. Everyone was caught up with the world series, and when they least expected it, they were struck. Don’t allow an earthquake to ruin the place you call a home. Apply the proper retrofit foundation before it is too late.