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Voices Member,  in Los Angeles, CA

Currently in Escrow, I ran into "Liquefaction" disclosure for Playa Vista. How worried do I need to be?

Asked by Voices Member, Los Angeles, CA Wed Jul 25, 2012

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Do I assume that you have an environmental report discuss this? I suggest you contact the number on the report and get more information.

http://quake.abag.ca.gov/liquefaction/

In our area we have a large portion of land on Liquefaction. Depending on the type of earth movement, some areas survived better than others. If you don't know what it means, in simple terms, it is that the soil turns to jello during an earthquake.

I can't tell you how worried you should be, as the future is unpredictable and your concerns are personal. Therefore, do extra research by discussing this with the experts in that field. I would't rely on Real Estate Agents / Brokers for our opinion. Unless one of us has a degree in that field.

All the best to you.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 6, 2012
One reassuring thing to me about Playa Vista has been that the buildings are built to post1994 earthquake standards which are upgraded. The newer standards are based on any reaction the Marina del Rey and Santa Monica areas might have had in liqufication areas.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 6, 2012
In California it's not a question of if it's when will a major seismic even occur. We haven't had a major event since the 1994 Northridge 6.7 which proved to be the costliest distaster ever at that time. The best thing you can do is make sure the home is EQ ready as much as can possibly be expected.

home is bolted to the foundation. If it has a cripple wall make sure it's been shear paneled, if a fire place make sure it's been retrofitted, the structure of the home has tie downs, the water heater is strapped and all heavy appliances and furnishings are securely attached to the floors, walls and ceilings.

If you like all your finery and keepsakes make sure they are glued to the surfaces they sit on and that all cupboards have safety latches. If you're that paranoid about EQ's you really shouldn't live in an Zone 4 seismic as you just never know when a big one will hit. But rest assured we're long overdue. Good Luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2012
Currently in Escrow, I ran into "Liquefaction" disclosure for Playa Vista. How worried do I need to be?
There is a few ways of answering this....
1. It appears to cause you concern as you brought it up here.
2. consider an air mattress as opposed to a water bed.
3. In the past 50 years what has moved?
4. You go to Las Vegas right? Everything is a gamble.

There really is no way to tell you how much to worry.
I can't get my crystal ball to focus on Playa Vista.
It must be on the fritz.

Harold Sharpe - Broker
So Cal Homes
(951) 821-8211
harold@socalhomes.biz
http://www.socalhomes.biz
California Department of Real Estate Broker License # 01312992
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2012
Dear LAbuyer,

There are many disclosures for new homeowners in the City of Los Angeles. Playa Vista, being constructed on wetland marsh area is no different. It is my understanding that the issues that were of concern during building were mitigated by earthquake engineers when Playa Vista was constructed,however this should be checked and verified.

Unfortunately we, as Realtors are not specialists in the field of Engineering or Geology, so we can only speculate on what it might mean. I recommend you contact a specialist in the field so that your question can be properly answered. Realtors, in their desire to help clients, have gotten into legal issues for presenting information that only a specialist in the field is qualified to give.

Whenever you sign a "disclosure" the owner is letting you know of a fact as it relates to the property in question so that you are fully informed. It is in your best interest to satisfy yourself in all areas of concern regarding a property.....before purchase.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 15, 2013
You don't need a degree in liquefaction to offer up opinions or experiences on the subject. I've been a disaster response contractor for over 25 years and I can tell you first hand that, yes liquefaction can be a concern in certain areas and it doesn't really matter to what code a structure has been upgraded or built to.

"Liquefaction occurs in saturated soils, that is, soils in which the space between individual particles is completely filled with water. This water exerts a pressure on the soil particles that influences how tightly the particles themselves are pressed together. Prior to an earthquake, the water pressure is relatively low. However, earthquake shaking can cause the water pressure to increase to the point where the soil particles can readily move with respect to each other."

Please take a few moments to peruse this link. I think you will find many of the answers you are searching for.

http://www.ce.washington.edu/%7Eliquefaction/html/what/what1.html

As a professional Real Estate Broker with almost 3 decades of hands on, in-the-trenchs experience dealing with all types of natural and man made disasters I find that it is not only my responsibility but my obligation to offer up whatever advice I can for my clients in order for them to make intelligently informed decisions about perhaps the most expensive investment they will probably ever make in their lifetime

http://www.onthelevelcontractors.com
http://www.chadofalltrades.com
http://www.sandiegorealestatetoday.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 7, 2012
In California it's not a question of if it's when will a major seismic even occur. We haven't had a major event since the 1994 Northridge 6.7 which proved to be the costliest distaster ever at that time. The best thing you can do is make sure the home is EQ ready as much as can possibly be expected.

home is bolted to the foundation. If it has a cripple wall make sure it's been shear paneled, if a fire place make sure it's been retrofitted, the structure of the home has tie downs, the water heater is strapped and all heavy appliances and furnishings are securely attached to the floors, walls and ceilings.

If you like all your finery and keepsakes make sure they are glued to the surfaces they sit on and that all cupboards have safety latches. If you're that paranoid about EQ's you really shouldn't live in an Zone 4 seismic as you just never know when a big one will hit. But rest assured we're long overdue. Good Luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2012
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