Analyses of Foundation Failures

by Pablo Girault D.,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


During the earthquake of September 19th, 1985, many buildings tilted and underwent settlements, sometimes of very large magnitudes. This paper describes and analyzes these settlements. The characteristics of ground motion that took place in several zones of Mexico City are presented and related to damages to foundations. Mat, friction and end bearing pile foundations that settled are described, as well as other types of damages in Mexico City. Some damages near the epicenter are also presented here.

Subject Headings: Foundations | Developing countries | Soil dynamics | Failure analysis | Damage (structural) | Pile foundations | Earthquakes | Soil analysis | Mexico City | Mexico

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