Overview of Factors Involved in the Mexico Earthquakes

by George W. Housner, California Inst of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Mexico Earthquakes—1985: Factors Involved and Lessons Learned


The Mexico earthquakes provided many opportunities for learning. New knowledge has been obtained and continuing research will provide additional knowledge. The earthquakes have also demonstrated that there are gaps in our knowledge and that more must be learned. There is a need for better preparation for learning from earthquakes and this preparation must be made in advance of the earthquake. Learning could be much enhanced by stronger international cooperation and the proposed International Decade of Hazard Reduction offers an opportunity.

Subject Headings: Earthquakes | Agreements and treaties | Developing countries | Mexico | North America

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