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Aftermath of 2017 Mexico City Earthquake

What Worked—and What Didn’t One year after the devastating Mexico City earthquake, rebuilding continues.  The 7.1 tremblor rocked not only buildings and lives, but also construction guidelines and governmental policies. Historic Shaking in Mexico Ironically, the 2017 quake hit on September 19, the 32nd anniversary of the 8.1 megaquake.  The 1985 killed over 10,000 residents of Mexico City. Although far…

Steel Buildings in Earthquakes

Designing Solid Structures for Shaky Ground The performance of pre-engineered steel buildings in earthquakes is nothing short of amazing. How do we know? Building code officials and structural engineers study the performance of various building types under duress.  After every natural calamity, they examine which buildings failed and which withstood the stresses forced on them.  Their goal is to insure…