It is Global Seismic Data’s intent to form partnerships with strategically located earthquake-prone regions to protect economies and save lives by sharing resources, data and information.
With its varied landscapes and beautiful scenery, New Zealand has been described as “having the world’s biggest film set”.
It is also a country prone to a large number of earthquakes, due to the long boundary between the Australian and Pacific plates. Because of this New Zealand is cognisant of the need for preventative measures as a way to protect lives.
Australia is a unique and diverse country in every way – in culture, population, climate, geography and history. It probably isn’t the first country that springs to mind when you think about earthquakes.
Australia does, however, have a lot of low-intensity earthquakes and occasionally these measure a magnitude 6 or more, which has the potential to cause significant damage and loss of life.
Residents, business owners and leaders of Los Angeles have long worried about the Big One that seismologists say will one day strike The City of Angels.
Because Los Angeles is so large and densely populated, the after-effects of a major earthquake would see hundreds of thousands of people affected.
San Francisco is known as a ‘romantic’ city with its downtown streets, marching intrepidly up precipitous slopes and providing splendid views of the bay, its beloved cable cars and famed Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco is a well-loved tourist destination, as well as being a cultural and financial centre of the western United States.
It is also known as a city that has had its share of severe earthquakes over its history. With the modern trend of becoming denser in population and more vertical in their downtown buildings, San Francisco now has more than 160 buildings taller than 240 feet, with more under construction.
This now causes additional concerns for the city as earthquakes are unpredictable with too few major cities having been tested by major tremblors. One of the leading structural engineers, Ron Hamburger, said “we don’t have as many records, particularly for large magnitude earthquakes, as we would like”.
Known for its white sand beaches and amazing weather, San Diego also receives a lot of earthquakes, albeit relatively small at this stage. That does not mean that there will not be a large earthquake, particularly since San Diego is on several very severe fault lines.
With its rich history and magnificent buildings, it is understandable why Sacramento has one of the fastest growing populations in California. In combination with it also being a major financial centre, educational hub and tourist centre, Government, State and business leaders are focussing on reducing the impact of a large earthquake, particularly in the Bay Area.
One way to protect lives is to monitor the buildings in which people live and work. This allows essential facilities, such as a city hall, police stations or community centres, to remain operational as the immediate emergency response centres in the event of a disaster.
Reno is often given the title of ‘the biggest little city in the world’. The birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment it is famous for its casinos. Its proximity to the Tahoe area, Reno is known as America’s Adventure Place.
The location within the Reno-Carson City-Tahoe urban corridor means there is a likelihood of a large seismic event within the next 50 years. Whilst Reno is known for its many small quakes, state and business leaders are conscious of the fact that if something larger hits they want to be on top of it.
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Famous for its celebrated theme parks and 40 miles of beautiful beaches, Orange County also feels its share of small earthquakes.
Protection of its citizens and buildings are paramount in the minds of its business and city leaders.
With its history of cataclysmic earthquakes, Global Seismic Data understands that residents, business owners and leaders in CDMX have reason to worry about the next big earthquake.
The number one priority with earthquakes: Prepare for them. Global Seismic Data provides a system that can reduce fear and uncertainty and provide a better way of protecting life and business.
The islands of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia are well known for their friendly people, beautiful beaches and tropical island terrain.
The Pacific Islands also commonly experience earthquakes, where the Pacific plate is being taken away under the Australian plate. Most of the earthquakes experienced in these friendly islands are so deep that they are not felt greatly on land and unlikely to trigger a tsunami, which is a concern around this area.
If a major shallow earthquake should occur in this region, and if the islands are unprepared for this, then the large loss of life could occur and Emergency Management Services would be compromised.