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Hillside House

Houses on steep hillsides are often set on tall, narrow posts or columns, with or without diagonal bracing, and may have walls that “step down” the hill. These structural elements may not be properly braced to withstand earthquakes, leading to significant damage and even collapse during an earthquake. 

Hillside houses require an engineered retrofit. You should hire a licensed structural or civil engineer to advise on your retrofit efforts.

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