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Are gaslines more dangerous during an earthquake?

Asked by Trulia San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Mon Jan 14, 2013

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Thumbs up to Sofia on "Bolting the home to the foundation".

As an emergency response general and manufactured home contractor having worked in the aftermath of every major earthquake since 1086 as well as floods, fires and even Hurricane Charley in Florida in '04 I can't tell you how important adding a few bolts to your foundation and some shear panel to your cripple wall will keep you in your home instead of in the street.
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Oh boy,, you've touched a nerve for the San Francisco residents! Thousands of people go about their daily lives without giving this a thought. But seismologists predict that the Hayward Fault Line is due 'for a lurch'.. that could set off a tremblor in the Bay Area. In such an event, homeowners should know how to turn off the main gas valve. Depending on the intensity of the shake, there could be extensive damage. In terms of preventative action, they are advised to add reinforcements, bolting the home to the foundation. Beyond that, there should be an emergency kit and plan of action. If you're worried about earthquakes, this might not be where you want to be!
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Yes they are more dangerous during an earthquake than not during an earthquake. Just about everything is more dangerous.
Are you asking if gas is more dangerous than electric lines? Yes they would be because the gas continues to flow until shut off.
To be a prepared person it is good to have a wrench set by the main cut-off. During the whole house inspection the inspector will show you where that is and how it works.
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Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Any fossil fuel, propane, natural bass is dangerious in an earthquake. If earthquakes scare you I'd look for another place to life other than San Francisco.
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More dangerous than what? It would be wise to consider anything more dangerous during time of distaster.
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