Is your home earthquake safe? With citizens of Texas in a state of confusion and concern over the recent Azle and Reno quakes, we are reminded of how spontaneous a disaster can be. As a building and design company based in Dallas, Texas, we’ve taken these events to heart.
Regarding the quakes, the Dallas News shared the following:
“Oil and gas operations are the most likely cause of dozens of earthquakes that began rattling the North Texas towns of Azle and Reno in November 2013, a group of scientists has concluded.
The study, led by researchers at SMU and published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, presents some of the most conclusive evidence yet that humans are shifting faults below Dallas-Fort Worth that have not budged in hundreds of millions of years.
While experts have not yet determined what’s causing the shaking in Dallas and Irving, the new paper previews aspects of that study and includes suggestions that will help speed research.” Source: dallasnews.com
We’ve found comfort in the idea that these quakes are not a norm for the area, but we can’t be careless and assume it or something similar wouldn’t happen again. So in the name of safety and preparedness, we want to share a few essential tips, with you on how to protect your home, in the case of a natural or unexpected earthquake.
You want to make sure your home is safe to be in during the earthquake itself, while also preparing it to be resistant to damage by taking a closer look at it’s structure and contents. When and how it was built and designed needs to be taken into careful consideration as well, as the home may have weak spots causing it to be more vulnerable to earthquake force. Some key places to observe for weak structure are foundations and how they are anchored to the home itself, weak walls in the crawl space or unreinforced masonry. They all seem like small details but can take a major hit if not secure or strong enough.