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Science: Earth Sciences: Natural Disasters and Hazards: Earthquakes: Past Earthquakes
Individual and organizational response to the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico.
- Report in PDF format prepared in 1990 by the Disaster Research Center of the University of Delaware. Includes observations of behaviors by organizations and individuals as well as conclusions and references.
Reverberations: Mexico City's 1985 Earthquake and the Transformation of the Capital
- The video lecture by MIT's Diane Davis discusses the earthquake's implications for social movements, the character of land use and property ownership, and the legitimacy of the capital city's political leaders.
Tsunamis of 19 and 21 September 1985 - Source Mechanism Study
- Technical analysis uses seismic and geologic data and empirical relationships to determine energies and source areas of the resulting tidal waves.
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
- Map, summary of destruction, listing of extent of impact, and comments on subsurface geological structure.
CNN - Mexico City learns from the past quakes
- Reviews building code changes and evacuation procedures. (August 17, 1999)
- Geoscience Research Institute discussion of "two contrasting modes of geological thought: uniformitarianism, which proposes that geologic changes occur by normal processes, and catastrophism, which proposes changes during unusual catastrophic events". (January 01, 1985)
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