earthquake damaged house


How do you know if your house is earthquake proof?


A question many people have is, “How do I know if my home can structurally withstand an earthquake?”

The best place to start is with your local Building Department. Call and ask how to find out if your home meets current earthquake standards in the Building Code.

You can also find information—and local construction specialists—on the Internet by searching for “earthquake” or “seismic” and “retrofitting”. Here's just one of many online resources: has a good page with answers to many frequently asked questions about house retrofitting:


Photo credit: Martin Luff via Creative Commons

A badly damaged house in North New Brighton, Christchurch following a Feb 22, 2011 quake




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