Earthquake Response of La Villita Dam

by Francisco González-Valencia, Comision Federal de Electricidad, Mexico City, Mexico,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Due to the recent industrial and housing developments at the port of Lazaro Cardenas, located 13 km (8 miles) downstream of La Villita Dam, at the mouth of the Balsas River, the hazard of a dam failure due to the seismic activity in the zone is analyzed. The analysis is based on instrumental data of the dam behavior recorded after several strong earthquakes.

Subject Headings: Earthquakes | Earthfill dams | Dynamic structural analysis | Failure analysis | Rivers and streams | Dam failures | Soil analysis | Soil dynamics | Mexico | Louisiana | United States

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