the most current and accurate information consult your local building
department. As a general rule -- newer construction is more
likely it is to withstand an earthquake. The reason for this
building codes have become stricter as time has past.
have a better idea of what works.
Mobile homes are subject to the greatest risk of
becuase foundation systems for mobile homes often just consists of
and strapping to hold the home to the ground.
The other major consideration is the ground your
is on. It is important to know where fault lines are located,
remember that about half of the major destructive earthquakes occur on
faults that no one knew about (Kobe - Northridge). It is also important
to understand the kind of ground your house is built upon.
that are subject to mass failure can result in damage occurring far
an earthquake. In the last major earthquake near San Fransico
failure occured near the fault line and on land filled in, near San
Bay, far from the fault line. The land between the two zones
uneffected by the earthquake. Consult your local
for information about local soils conditions.
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