Cartographic Information, Seismic Risk and the Real Estate Market in Mexico City 19s

Authors: Lourdes De Ita*, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas De Hidalgo, Morelia, Mexico
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Urban and Regional Planning, Latin America
Keywords: Earthquakes, 19S, Mexico City, Cartography, Urban Planning
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon B1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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32 years passed from 19S 1985 to 19S 2017, the two major earthquakes that have struck Mexico City in the last times. Since 1968 a federal government department aiming to map the country had been created. After the 1985 seismo different instances were set up in order to deal with the catastrophe and promote actions, legislation and projects to reduce the risks in these events. Among these actions, the production of a National Atlas of Risk was undertaken by some government offices and academics. This Atlas should include the sources of risk for Mexico City. The role of this cartography in the urban planning of Mexico City is not clear at all and how the real estate boom in some areas of Mexico City, particularly those that suffered severe damage in the recent earthquake, could circumvent or ignore this information is less clear. In this paper we discuss the status of the cartographic information just before the recent 19S quake and explore the reasons why this did not boost a more sensitive urban planning that had taken into account features of the territory that could induce higher risks in a growing metropoli.

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