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On this day in 1985, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter scale struck Mexico City.
What was the toll of the 1985 earthquake on Mexico City?
The estimated death toll ranged from around 10,000 to 30,000 people. Tens of thousands more were injured, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless.
The earthquake also caused extensive damage in Mexico City, even though the epicenter was located off the coast. Many high-rise buildings, bridges, and infrastructure were severely affected. Thousands of buildings collapsed or were significantly damaged, leading to loss of life and displacement of residents.
What changes were implemented after the 1985 earthquake?
The earthquake prompted significant changes in various aspects of Mexican society. It led to a reevaluation of building codes and urban planning, with a focus on constructing earthquake-resistant structures. Additionally, disaster preparedness and response measures were improved, and the experience influenced policy decisions regarding urban development and risk management.
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