Bracing Your Home for the Next Earthquake
Foundation anchor bolt
House framing should be anchored to its foundation by bolts like the one shown. (Los Angeles Times )
Strapping down a water heater.
Strapping down water heaters complies with an earthquake-safety measure that state law requires. (Los Angeles Times )
Seismic gas shut-off valve
Seismic gas shut-off valves are required in Los Angeles as well as some other California cities. (JULIE MARKES / For The Times)