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Title
Engineering Aspects of the September 19, 1985 Mexico Earthquake.
File
PB87210191.pdf
Author(s)
Stone, W. C.; Yokel, F. Y.; Celebi, M.; Hanks, T.; Leyendecker, E. V.
Source
May 1987, 224 p.
Identifying Number(s)
NBS/BSS-165
Abstract
Following the September 19, 1985 Mexico earthquake, a team consisting of four engineers and one seismologist from the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) was dispatched to Mexico City to provide technical advice to the US rescue effort and to assess structural damage. The report is primarily based on data gathered by the team, but it also contains a compilation of other available information. The report addresses the origin and characteristics of the observed ground motion, the ability of buildings designed in accordance with present and proposed seismic design provisions to resist this type of ground motion, and observed data on structural and foundation failures.
Keywords
Mexico; Ground motion; Building codes; Earthquake engineering; Seismic design; Earthquakes; Foundations; Mexico City (Mexico)