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Old 02-16-2010, 09:42 PM   #1
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Earthquake Protection

I'm just wondering, what do people do to/with their tanks to prevent damage from earthquakes?
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:23 PM   #2
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i have mine mounted on large coil springs with shock absorbers running between the back of the tank and the wall
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ok ok im only kidding... we dont have earthquakes here, you knew that!
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Thought so... I did some research and good news: New Madrid fault system may be shutting down
Hopefully those guys are right.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:02 PM   #6
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yeah, the earthquake we had a week ago was with an unknown fault.

no damage and centered 3 miles below the surface but still a fault line no one knew existed.

I dunno if yall felt it down in the heartland but it was around 3am and a 3.8 I think, threw the scientists off so bad they claimed it was stronger and located alot further away. I slept right thru it due to being a SoCal boy but woke my kids right up.
We had tanks in SoCal which is rife with earthquakes. I dont think there is much you can do other then strap the stand to a stud wall or bolt the stand to the ground itself. I know we had concrete foundations and usually that was enough, never had a tank slightly move during major quakes. The 89 frisco quake shook the snot out of us way down in san diego but the tanks never moved.
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Yeah... about the only thing you can do is bolt the stand down to the floor, or strap it to a stud in the wall. The main problem would be if the stand started rocking and the momentum of the tank tipped it over. With the stand secured, there normally wouldn't enough ground movement to tip the tank. If there was, the tank would be the least of your concerns.

The other thing to think about is anything that may be hanging on the wall behind or next to the tank that could fall off. The wall behind/above our tank is completely bare. Don't want anything coming down on top of it and breaking the glass.
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Thanks guys. Yeah didn't think there was much protection against an earthquakes, since I never really hear anyone talk about it. Just curious, would a concrete basement be safer during an earthquake since it would probably be stabler or more dangerous since it's in the ground. I don't even have a basement but Im just wandering lol.
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if the quake is strong enough to knock down the tank i think you will have other things to worry about.... the 4-5 something that last hit cali even the racks hardly moved.... the water sloshed about a little but not too much.
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Well I didn't know as the only quakes we had happened while I was asleep and I didn't have my 55 gallon then, so I have never felt a quake and I really don't have much insight on them lol that's kinda why I asked and that we don't really have a concrete foundation. Thanks for the reply .
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