Dried Lakes Do Tell Tales: Seismic Soil Amplification in Mexico City

by Sissy Nikolaou, P.E., Ph.D., Assistant vice president and principal geotechnical and multihazard engineer with the Geotechnical & Tunneling Technical Excellence Center of WSP, based in New York City., sissy.nikolaou@wsp.com,
Guillermo Diaz-Fanas, D.GE, Senior technical principal in geotechnical and earthquake engineering with the Geotechnical & Tunneling Technical Excellence Center at WSP in New York City., guillermo.diazfanas@wsp.com,
Evangelia Garini, P.E., Ph.D., Researcher of geotechnical and earthquake engineering at the Civil Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece., geocvemp@yahoo.gr,
Beki McElvain, Disaster planner and PhD candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California in Berkeley., bmcelvain@berkeley.edu,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 2, Pg. 40-46

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Mexico City is a vibrant, urban metropolis — a living and breathing example of an "old layered city," where past civilizations coexisted with one another. Standing more than 2.2 km above sea level, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes over 5 km tall, the modern capital is built upon the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán at the center of the complex Texcoco lake system. It covers an area of approximately 1,500 km2 and is home to more than 21 million people, or 15 percent of the country’s population.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Developing countries | Urban areas | Layered systems | Sea level | Mountains | Mexico City | Mexico


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