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Earthquake Damage in Mexico City, Mexico, September 19, 1985

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Totally Collapsed 21-Story Steel Frame Office Building

Total collapse of 21-story steel frame office building. Note building standing in background. Many tall concrete structures whose designs met the requirements of the building code performed well. When the magnitude and duration of the quake are considered, the performance as a whole of the one million structures in the city was very good. Photo credit: E.V. Leyendecker, National Bureau of Standards

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