The Mexico Earthquakes—1985: Factors Involved and Lessons Learned

by Michael A. Cassaro, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Univ. of Louisville, Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Louisville, KY,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-579-2 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-579-6 (ISBN-10), 1987, Soft Cover, Pg. 471

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Conference information: International Conference, Mexico City, Mexico | Mexico City, Mexico | September 19-21, 1986

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


This publication reports initial results of study of the 1985 Mexico earthquake, one year after the event. The findings present sufficient depth of analysis to provide an understanding of the causes and effects of earthshaking within Mexico City that resulted in extensive damage to some buildings and structures. Also reported are the assessment of damage caused by the earthquake and emergency response including recovery operations. Buildings of different construction types and materials were subject to the earthquake. Performance of their response is analyzed and evaluated. Topics presented include seismicity associated with the Mexico earthquake of 1985. General engineering topics include dynamic soil response, foundation failure, performance of structures and analysis of building failure, analysis of lifelines performance, and emergency response including building code regulations. Specific practical problems addressed include: modeling of soil motion, modeling of structural behavior, analysis of drift in frame structures, structural pounding, structural stiffness softening due to long duration motion, soil-structure interaction, influence of local soil conditions on building performance, dam behavior, and repair and strengthening of buildings.

Subject Headings: Soil analysis | Failure analysis | Dynamic structural analysis | Soil strength | Soil-structure interaction | Developing countries | Earthquakes | Damage (structural) | Mexico | Mexico City


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