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Soil Liquefaction for Insurance Underwriting

Posted by Joe Nolan on October 23, 2018



Located along the infamous Ring of Fire, Washington state experiences an earthquake about once every 8 hours[1]. As an underwriter, chances are you have a number of risks on or near a fault line — over 100 known faults crisscross Western Washington and Oregon.

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, PropertyEDGE™, GIS Mapping, Hazards, earthquake, liquefaction, volcanoes

Quakes, Volcanoes and Your Risks in the Ring of Fire

Posted by Joe Nolan on October 9, 2018


I fell down into a burning ring of fire, I went down, down, down and the flames went higher.” Johnny Cash was singing about love not the real Ring of Fire’s death and destruction. The Ring of Fire is an area around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, due to movements of lithospheric plates.


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Topics: earthquake

Vacancy, Foreclosure and Property Risk: A Chilling Reminder

Posted by Joe Nolan on September 18, 2018

A few weeks back, the Wall Street Journal featured a story which triggered the chilling sensations and forebode of an unseasonably cool August day in Seattle: imminent dark mornings, umbrellas, zipped-up collars, and wiper blades. Against a photo of an FBI team leaving the office of a New York state apartment developer, the piece detailed clever tactics of deception, seemingly from our past financial nightmare of mortgage loan debacles.

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Topics: Property and Casualty Loss Control, property risk inspections

Quick Hit PropertyEDGE Training Videos – Now Available

Posted by Joe Nolan on June 19, 2018

Thanks to all of you who participated in our customer survey this winter. We’re taking your requests into account as we develop new services and tools, to help you work smarter and faster.

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Topics: PropertyEDGE™, Hazards, Risk Assessment, Loss Cost Lookup

The Effects of Soil Type on Earthquake Damage

Posted by Joe Nolan on April 3, 2018

When thinking about the effects of an earthquake, imagine a pebble dropped into a pond. It hits the water creating a circular ripple that weakens the farther it moves from the center.

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, PropertyEDGE™, GIS Mapping, earthquake

The Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale for Earthquake Insurance Underwriting

Posted by Joe Nolan on March 27, 2018

This past St. Patrick’s Day, you may have felt — or heard about — the small earthquake centered in Mercer Island. Though small, it reminds us that we’re in a region prone to quakes.

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, insurance, earthquake

Earthquakes and Insurance

Posted by Joe Nolan on March 6, 2018

It’s widely known that the Puget Sound region is prone to earthquakes. When the Big One (or Little One) strikes, will your properties be adequately covered? A new study, directed by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler, suggests that it may not.

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Topics: PropertyEDGE™, earthquake