LOS ANGELES - Southern California construction and foundation repair experts Julian Construction (www.julianconstruction.com) say homeowners need to prepare for the next major earthquake which, according to a new study by US researchers, could happen at any time.
“It’s not a question of “if” California will be hit by a major quake, but when,” say Julian Construction founder Julian De La Torre.
Julian points to a study released in September by geologists at the University of California Irvine and Arizona State University, in which scientists concluded that large quakes strike the San Andreas fault every 45 to 144 years.
“The last big quake in California was in 1857 – over 150 years ago,” says Julian. “We are actually overdue for a major quake and we need to be prepared.”
It is estimated that a large earthquake in the region could cause between 2,000 – 50,000 people to lose their lives, and result in billions of dollars in damage.
Julian recommends Southern California residents take advantage of disaster preparedness programs offered by groups such as California Volunteers and the American Red Cross. He also suggests residents have their homes inspected for “earthquake readiness.”
“The motion of an earthquake can shake a house off of its foundation,” says Julian. “Earthquake retrofitting can prevent homes from falling down or from experiencing major damage during seismic activity.”
Julian De La Torre has been doing earthquake retrofitting and foundation repair since the early 1990s and has personally worked on over 6,600 homes in Southern California. With this unmatched experience in the substructure areas of a home, Julian formed Julian Construction in 2001 with the goal of making safer homes, apartments and commercial properties throughout Southern California. His partner Shawn Kyles has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with both engineering firms and local departments of building and safety, and is an expert in foundation repair and house bolting. Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com