In California, earthquake retrofitting surges
Companies that specialize in retrofitting homes in California against earthquake damage are reporting a surge in business following the Japan earthquake, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
Firms interviewed by the newspaper said they are receiving a threefold increase in phone calls, particularly in Southern California, where the Northridge earthquake caused 60 deaths and 5,000 injuries in 1994.
Most calls are from homeowners who want to strengthen foundations with concrete and bolt down wooden frames with metal rods or brackets. Retrofitting jobs typically start at $3,000 and go up from there, particularly in older homes.