A Festival of Disorganization

Guest Post by Duke Crestfield, structural engineer

Last year on 19 September I was in Guadalajara, enjoying one free day before the start of the Mexican Seismic Engineering Society conference.  In the morning there were earthquake drills, since it was the 32nd anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake, which influenced me a lot as a young engineer. Then in the afternoon, the M7.1 Puebla quake hit Mexico City.

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The Worst Places to Be When an Earthquake Strikes

We’ve secured our bookshelves, packed go-kits, and set emergency plans. We like to think we’ll be cozy at home when the “Big One” hits. But, consider the worst-case scenarios: What are the most dangerous places to be when a major earthquake happens? We explore three earthquake danger spots.

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