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The Axes of Resilience: The Case of the Earthquakes of September 7 and 19, 2017 in Mexico

  • Open or Close Joel F Audefroy*

    Faculty of Civil Engineering, UniversitiTeknologi MARA, Malaysia

    *Corresponding author: Joel F Audefroy, Higher School of Engineering and Architecture, Tecamachalco Unit, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico

Submission: June 20, 2018; Published: July 10, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/ACET.2018.01.000519

ISSN 2639-0574
Volume1 Issue4


The year 2017 was marked by a series of hydrometeorological and geological events of different sizes that hit Mexico in different parts. The first event was the storm Lydia, on September 1, which left seven deaths, damage to communication routes, urban infrastructure, hospital, housing, drinking water, drainage, electricity, cell phone and more than 6,000 evacuated to temporary shelters. The second event was Hurricane Katia, on September 8 that entered 20 kilometres from Tecolutla, Veracruz. It reached category 2 (195km/h) and when it touched the ground it weakened to category 1. It caused intense rains in 11 entities with more than 250mm. More than 4000 people were evacuated from the States of Veracruz and Puebla. Around 77,000 people were without electrical power during the storm. Affectations were reported in 256 homes, 36 landslides, 2 subsidence and 10 rivers exceeded their maximum levels, and a river overflowed in Oaxaca. The third event was Hurricane Max, on September 14 that touched down in Pico del Monte, Guerrero. Then it was degraded to a category 1 tropical storm. In the State of Guerrero, it caused the flooding of 1,513 homes and at least 800 people evacuated. Five localities were isolated, 2 temporary road sections closed and 17 rivers overflowed by heavy rains.

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