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How Does California Prepare For Earthquakes?

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´╗┐How Does California Prepare For Earthquakes California is located on the San Andres fault which is where the North American (continental plate boundary) and Pacific Plate (oceanic plate boundary) meet. This is a convergent plate boundary where both the North American and Pacific plate are sliding past each other northwards but the Pacific Plate is moving faster than the North American plate. These results in approximately thirty one earthquakes occurring in California each day but the majority of the earthquakes are so small that they are not felt. The high amounts of small earthquakes are building up pressure in the crust so eventually there will be an earthquake of a very high magnitude. This is why California has to prepare for the high magnitude earthquake. ...read more.


People in general should think about earthquake insurance and to lower injury risks in the home, and they have to secure their furniture by bolting them to walls and the floor. Earthquake preparedness drills have been carried out extensively in California to educate people of what to do in the event of an earthquake. Every year, there is a state wide earthquake drill on the 21st of October in California to keep everyone?s memory up to date on their earthquake drills. Architectures also have been building structures differently since the learnt the threat of the earthquake. They have been using foundation bolts to secure some unstable walls. ...read more.


the swaying even more so that the swaying would not even be felt by the occupants and in the water tanks, there are screens that the water passes through to avoid spillage of the water. In older and historical buildings that are being restored and renovated, they cannot be demolished to reinforce the steel foundations and concrete walls so a new product was invented called Quakewrap. This product is made of carbon and glass weaved together into a microfiber that is glued onto walls of the building. When it is dried, it gets harder than both concrete and steel. This hardness creates less swaying and movement of the walls thus creating less damage on the structure and injuries on the occupants inside and outside the building. ...read more.

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