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Natural Hazards

, Volume 97, Issue 2, pp 623–641 | Cite as

Damages observed in locations of Oaxaca due to the Tehuantepec Mw8.2 earthquake, Mexico

  • Adrián Pozos-EstradaEmail author
  • Marcos M. Chávez
  • Miguel Á. Jaimes
  • Oriol Arnau
  • Héctor Guerrero
Original Paper

Abstract

On September 7, 2017, at 23:49 h (local time), a Mw8.2 intermediate-depth normal-fault earthquake occurred in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, 133 km away from Pijijiapan, Chiapas, and about 700 km away from Mexico City. This event caused 95 fatalities and severe damage to different types of structures located close to the epicenter. The main objective of this work is to present observed damages caused in the state of Oaxaca by this earthquake, which were mainly concentrated in self-built houses and historical and ancient buildings. The locations visited by the reconnaissance team of the Institute of Engineering from UNAM in Oaxaca included Salina Cruz, Tehuantepec, Ixtaltepec, Juchitán, Huatulco and La Ventosa.

Keywords

Tehuantepec Mw8.2 earthquake Infrastructure Seismic performance Mexico Structural damage 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Institute of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIUNAM) for their initiative to carry out and coordinate the trip to the most affected areas by the earthquake. We also thank the Coordinación de Instrumentation Sísmica from the Institute of Engineering from UNAM for providing the records used in this work. Héctor Guerrero also acknowledges the sponsorship provided by DGAPA-UNAM.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de IngenieríaUNAMCoyoacán, Mexico CityMexico

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