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History of Damage Due to Wildfires or Flood Earthquakes damage is made up of shaking and ground rupture. Most damage occurs to buildings and other rigid structures. The severity of local damage depends on a combination of earthquake magnitude, distance from epicenter, and local geological conditions. Damage from shakes and ground ruptures have historically known to have the potential to break gas lines and snap telephone wires as well. This is exactly what happened during the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.
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Unformatted text preview: Gas lines broke and electric lines snapped causing wide spread fires and chaos. In fact, the government issued a radio appeal for the people not to light matches due to the high intensity of gas in the city. After Mexico City was declared a disaster area, helicopters were deployed to put out fires. After many days, most of the fires were put out but gas leaks remained a serious risk for more fire damage. 1985: Mexico suffers devastating earthquake, BBC News, BBC.uc.uk....
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2009 for the course EAS 1220 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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