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What is a Seismic Retrofit?

Seismic retrofit: All measures that improve the earthquake performance of a building especially those that affect structural stability and reduce the potential for heavy structural damage or collapse.

During an earthquake the ground shakes violently. This back-and-forth motion can cause a building to fall off its foundation, resulting in major damage to the structure and sometimes even total collapse of the building. Seismic retrofitting focuses on strengthening the building-to-foundation connections and allows a building to withstand much greater earthquake forces with much less structural damage.

For more general seismic retrofit information, please consult the following websites:

Old House Web
Bay Area Seismic Retrofit


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