Lessons of the Mexico City Earthquake
We should dispel any feeling of complacency that the tragedy of the September, 1985 Mexico City earthquake could not occur in an American city in a seismic zone. It can. This tragedy happened in a city with one of the most modern seismic codes in existence. We have a lot to learn. It is very fortunate that Mexican engineers have provided us with vast information on this earthquake. This earthquake is probably one of the best documented in history, so we will long continue to study its effects.