Are there areas in Tiburon, Belvedere and Mill Valley in Marin County, CA, that would be at a greater risk for damage in an earthquake?

Asked by S, Marin County, CA Sat Jun 19, 2010

How would one uncover this information on a house currently leasing? Or a neighborhood considering leasing or buying? Are there details available on each property on the internet? How would someone research this?

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Tristan Cela…, , Marin County, CA
Mon Jun 21, 2010
Most issues of earthquake safety are site specific. Except for landfill which is inherently problematic most concerns are structural or particular to a specific site - like slumping and sliding which is common in the Coast Range.
When you decide to buy you should have inspections at your expense that can reveal problems. If negotiations can not resolve differences you may have to bear those costs as the deal falls apart.

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Phillipa Cri…, Agent, Tiburon, CA
Sat Jun 19, 2010
Thinking the city the home is located in must have some geological maps you could look at. When you are in the process of purchasing a home, you receive a Natural Hazard Disclosure, specific to the home and area informing you about soil stability etc...etc
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S, Home Buyer, Marin County, CA
Sat Jun 19, 2010
Thank you, Phillipa! How could we find out information on the home we are leasing?
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Phillipa Cri…, Agent, Tiburon, CA
Sat Jun 19, 2010
Areas built on landfill tend to be at greater risk, one such area is the Belvedere Lagoon. Homes whose foundations are attached to bedrock would be more secure. The best way to uncover this kind of information is to have the bulding thoroughly inspected to find out how well it is built. These details regarding each individual property would not be available on the internet, however information the kinds of structures best able to withstand earthquakes most likely is. When you google earthquake building standards a lot of information comes up.
Let me know if I can answer further questions.
Very best, Phillipa
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