Is your home and pool earthquake safe here on Côte d’Azur?

“If you felt the ground move this morning as you walked to work, it wasn't just that Friday feeling. A third earthquake was recorded at 8.15am measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale. As previously reported in The Riviera Times, a number seismology specialists have stated that frequency and intensity of the tremors indicates that it is possible that more earthquakes are on the horizon.” Riviera Times 02.03.2012

Earthquake-resistant structures are structures designed to withstand earthqakes. While no structure can be entirely immune to damage from earthquakes, the goal of earthquake-resistant construction is to erect structures that fare better during seismic activity than their conventional counterparts.

There are many ways to make a building resilient against earthquakes. In wood structures, extra strappings can be nailed to key parts of the frame. Steel-reinforced concrete is another option, with the strengths and weaknesses of each compound offsetting the other, though even that may not be enough to prevent damage in a large quake.

When renovating or building your next home here on Côte d'Azur, Earthquake safety is something you should contemplate as an owner. Talk to your project manager or concrete engineer if you are managing your own project and find out if the amount of steel and concrete is sufficient.  The builder or project manager is always looking for wayds of minimizing costs, steel and concrete is an easy way of doing so.

In the last 5 years there have been more seismic activity recorded than normal.  Pool structures are typically the first ones to collapse. The seismology experts were right, there have been a number of tremors the last few years and lots of damage to properties here on the coast, especially pools. We pride ourselves of always taking seismic action and earthqakes into consideration with new builds, or renovations here on the coast. 

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