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Scientists detail high risk earthquake areas for Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico — Specialists from National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) and the UNAM (university) have improved the National Risk Atlas, a map that helps  people understand where the main fractures are affecting the infrastructure located in Mexico City and in the rest of the country.

In order to understand this phenomenon scientifically and to detect the most risky areas in the country’s capital, Dr. Dora Carreón Freyre, a researcher at the Center for Geosciences at UNAM, led by the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) created a digital map that shows zones of fractures.

Together with Carlos Valdés González CEO of Cenapred, they presented the map at the media conference Analysis of physical vulnerability to subsidence and cracking in Mexico City.

Specialists reported that the map indicates areas of vulnerability in red, green and yellow which explains the degree of intensity with which a phenomenon occurs. That is one of the parts where the population must take action for a new relocation, the specialists said.

The study considered, among other aspects, the elaboration of a map of faults and geological fractures of the capital of the country, which was incorporated into the National Atlas of Risks and may be consulted by the general public to know the situation in area in which they live.

“It is possible to visualize where these sinkings and subsidence are, where we are and what we are exposed,” said the director of Conapred, Carlos Valdés, who said that interested parties can access the page

“The Atlas identifies the physical vulnerability of the soil of Mexico City and the rest of the country and estimates the social fragility in areas of fracturing. This problem affects the population in different ways, depending on the socioeconomic level,” he said.

It is a challenge, he said, for both researchers and government units, “to take action to avoid possible disasters.”

According to the study, there are 12 sites of the capital of the country with critical deformation, located in colonies of Iztapalapa, Iztacalco, Tláhuac, Cuauhtémoc, Benito Juárez and Xochimilco, Carreón Freyre said.

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