Our new Earthquake Risks tool gives you easy access to information on multiple earthquake-related data points for any location in Washington state. One of those factors is susceptibility to soil liquefaction. In previous blog posts, we’ve talked a little about what soil liquefaction is and the damage it can cause. Today, we’ll go into more detail about liquefaction and what can be done to reduce its potential impact.Read More
Western Washington is one of the most earthquake-prone places in the country,1 yet only 11.3% of homeowners in the state have earthquake insurance, and just 43.2% of commercial properties have coverage.2Read More
A warm summer’s evening spent enjoying the Seattle skyline, a grilled feast and the company of good friends. When residents move into apartment and condominium buildings with rooftop decks, that’s the scene playing in their minds. Most of the time, that’s also the reality, at least when the weather cooperates.Read More
When a fire ignites, putting it out is all about speed. The faster you or a firefighter douse the flames with water or an extinguisher, the better. If anything slows down the response, the fire burns longer, causes more damage and poses a greater threat to human life.Read More
Now that the snow in Western Washington is beginning to melt and life is slowly returning to normal, it’s tempting to let your guard down. But melting snow brings with it some special hazards to be aware of and prepare for.Read More
When the Big One hits, what kind of damage can you expect? While it’s up to fate as to how intense or severe the quake will be — or when it will happen — the fact is set in stone. Earthquakes can and do happen here.
In fact, Washington state is second only to California when it comes to earthquake risk, and this is reflected in our earthquake classifications.
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.Read More
Looking back, 2017 might be remembered as the year of the flood. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated large areas of the country, racking up huge losses. Record rainfalls hit California, resulting in significant flooding. And here in rainy Washington, floods are a regular thing.Read More
Did you know that almost 1,000 buildings in Seattle are unreinforced, and only about 15% of those buildings have had the necessary seismic upgrades to make them earthquake safe?
Many buildings are constructed of unreinforced masonry (URM)and prone to collapse in an earthquake.Read More