Safety and maintenance of basement apartment in Northern California?
March 24, 2014 9:26 PM Subscribe
I am considering living in a basement apartment near a major fault line. Is this safe?
posted by nilihm to Home & Garden (13 answers total)
The apartment is in a three unit, two story, ca. 1910 Victorian located in Northern California. The walkway slopes down to meet the unit's sole door. All of the rooms are about five feet down, with windows peeking up a few feet above-ground throughout. The unit has flooded in the past, but is now covered by redundant sump pumps. Most resources about basement earthquake safety focus on soft-floor construction, which I'm pretty sure this is not, so I'm at a loss.
Is it safe? Is there anything I should double check before signing?
I'd love to see any references you can find!