1985 Mexico City Earthquake

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In Mexico City of 1985 and San Francisco of 1989 there were big earthquakes. Many people died and may buildings were destroyed. About 100,000 people were killed and over 300,000 buildings were destroyed or damaged. Both of these Earthquakes were quite similar. The 1985 Mexico City earthquake was one of the most devastating earthquakes in the history of the Americas. On Thursday, September 19, 1985, at 7:19 am. local time, Mexico City was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 8.1 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the earthquake was off the Pacific coast of the Mexican state of Michoacán, a distance of 350 km, in the Cocos Plate subduction zone. It was felt as far away as Los Angeles, California. Many residents of Mexico City dispute…show more content…
Caused by a slip along the San Andreas Fault, the earthquake lasted approximately 15 seconds and measured 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale.The quake killed 67 people throughout northern California, injured 3,757 people and left more than 12,000 people homeless. The earthquake occurred during the warm up for the second game of the 1989 World Series, coincidentally featuring both of the Bay Area's Major League Baseball teams, the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. This was the first major earthquake in America to be broadcast on live television. The epicenter of the quake was in Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, an unpopulated area in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Aptos and approximately 16 km northeast of Santa Cruz. The quake was named for the nearby Loma Prieta Peak which lies 8 km to the northeast. Although much of the damage and most of the fatalities occurred in the San Francisco/Oakland area, geologists estimate the earthquake's intensity near the epicenter at between 6.9 and 7.1 on the Richter Scale. The communities nearest the epicenter are all in Santa Cruz County. This is somewhat unusual for an earthquake of this magnitude. Some of the statistical results of the disaster were: more than $7 billion in property damage, 414 single-family homes destroyed, 104 mobile homes destroyed, 18,306 homes damaged, 97 businesses and 3 public buildings destroyed and 2,575 businesses

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