How do I locate the apartment that is safest in a big earthquake?
November 9, 2011 6:21 AM Subscribe
Moving to the (north) Bay Area of California: How do I best ensure that I (and my assets) survive The Big One unharmed? Eg. What should I look for in an apartment (and why), in terms of geology, design, construction, location, building codes, corner-cutting, etc. to best handle a massive earthquake?
Expert or engineer advice would be great. (I'm more interested in how to find an earthquake-proof building and area, than in how to earthquake-proof my stuff once it's inside a building.)
I'm looking at the Novato / San Rafael area, but if for some reason I should be avoiding that and looking nearby at XYZ instead, speak up!
There are plenty of resources for how to earthquake-proof your possessions in your home, but not so many resources about how to find the best geology in which to locate your home, or how to tell if one apartment building is less earthquake-proof than another, etc.