Own a “soft story building” in San Francisco? Expect to be hearing from the City of San Francisco over the next few months.
An expert says that more than 600 high-strength rods and bolts used to secure seismic equipment on the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are harder than the typical levels and are vulnerable to cracking.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed legislation on Thursday—the 107th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire—that aims to make thousands of apartments in the city safer during the next large quake.
The legislation would require the seismic retrofit of soft-story buildings, with the hope of preventing the loss of thousands of apartments in a major earthquake.
A lot of Bay Area homeowners who’ve paid handsomely to retrofit their homes are living with a false sense of security, according to seismic engineers and state and local agencies that study earthquake safety.
Opponents of the plan to build a new library in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood by demolishing the old one have sued to save a building on track for designation as an historic landmark.
The Anderson Reservoir near Morgan Hill has been forced to release thousands of gallons of water because the dam is an earthquake hazard, but a new seismic study is recommending capacity be increased.
The entire length of a Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk will close for several months starting Tuesday for a retrofitting construction project, bridge district officials said.
Commuters will be able to drive the new approach to the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco well before the project is completed in 2014.
Contra Costa College may ask voters in El Cerrito, Richmond and San Pablo to fund seismic upgrades and improvements in disability access.