The Effects of the 1985 Mexico City Earthquake on Underground Water & Sewer Pipelines

by Gary M. Lee, E. T. Archer & Co, Kansas City, MO, USA,
Sergio Moreno Mejia, E. T. Archer & Co, Kansas City, MO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Lifeline Seismic Risk Analysis—Case Studies


The 1985 Mexico City Earthquake left thousands dead and many thousands more without shelter. The visible damage was immense and terrible, and familiar to people around the world through the efforts of the news media. Yet the damage below ground was also immense and posed a serious threat to the health of the millions of inhabitants who survived the earthquake. Although largely unreported in the aftermath of the quake, Mexico City's water and sewer pipelines were severely damaged, and the chances of resultant suffering, panic and disease were very real.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Municipal water | Urban areas | Earthquakes | Water pipelines | Sewer pipes | Buried pipes | Damage (structural) | Mexico City | Mexico

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