Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 by CJ Garcia
At 2:30 am Wednesday morning, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck 170 miles off the Oregon Coast near Coos Bay. Two hours later, a 3.5 magnitude aftershock followed the quake. Fortunately, no damage was reported and a tsunami warning has not been issued.
United States Geological Survey geophysicist Randy Baldwin told Portland’s KGW-TV that USGS had received 15 reports of people feeling the earthquake on shore. The tremors were felt as far away as Portland and Salem.
The Cascadia Subduction Zone fault line is close to where the earthquake occurred. According to geophysicists, the fault line is “overdue” to be the epicenter for one of the most significant earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest.
There’s no accurate way to predict when a potential earthquake might occur. Homeowners who understand the threat of living in a seismically active region are taking proactive steps to prepare, including opting for earthquake insurance.
Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t qualify for earthquake insurance due to the age of their home. As homes get older, the expansive soil surrounding a home takes its toll on a foundation. Over time, older foundations are more prone to cracking and buckling, and that makes insurance companies less likely to insure a home against an earthquake.
However, with the proper retrofitting process, many homeowners will be able to secure their home to their foundation and obtain earthquake insurance. TerraFirma Foundation Systems has retrofitted hundreds of homes in Oregon and Washington.
Scheduling a free inspection of your home’s retrofitting needs is simple, and our experienced System Design Specialists will help you better understand your retrofitting options, and what you can do to protect the future of your home and family.
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