Are the Soil Depositions in Mexico City Unique?

by Robert V. Whitman, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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

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The answer clearly is: YES| However, the amplification and soil-structure interaction effects observed in Mexico City are important considerations - even if they may not be so severe -in many other major cities of the world. The use of microzonation to account for local soil conditions is reviewed in the light of the experiences in Mexico City, and suggestions concerning future directions are offered.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Soil-structure interaction | Soil structures | Urban areas | Geology | Foundations | Ozonization | Soil properties | Mexico City | Mexico

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