Here at SteelMaster Buildings, we’re avid followers of news in the construction industry involving earthquake-safe buildings. We recently came across a story that particularly grabbed our attention. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently published an update to its U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps. These maps are a resource for geologists, engineers, and architects across the country, and they reflect the most current analysis of seismic data in an attempt to predict the seismic activity of the future.
In the update, the USGS identified 42 states which face serious potential for an earthquake within the next fifty years. Sixteen states were also specifically cited as having a relatively high potential for seismic activity.
The 16 states at highest risk are Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Luckily, we have the ability to make our buildings customized to our customers’ needs. This includes custom engineering that goes into each and every building we sell, making them earthquake-resistant buildings.
When you invest in a SteelMaster building, you’re making an investment in a building that has been tailored to fit the seismic requirements of your location. That means that if you’re in one of the 42 states which face serious potential for an earthquake within the next fifty years, or even if you’re in one of the 16 states identified as particularly high-risk, you can rest easy knowing that nothing less than 22 gauge steel is protecting your valuables from the potential harm of seismic activity.