When your building starts to shake, you have a fraction of a second to pause and assess the threat. There’s always an immediate onset of panic, but you still have time to consider whether it’s worth it to try to run out into the street. How violent are the tremors? How long will it take you to get outside? How likely is it that the ceiling will cave? In Mexico City, earthquakes are always a concern. The city has been shaken by at least 45 quakes with a magnitude of over 4.0 in the five years that I have lived here. I remember at least a dozen that was strong enough to make me contemplate evacuating.
In the 32 years since Mexico City’s devastating 1985 earthquake, which leveled over 400 buildings, damaged another 3,000, and killed over 5,000 residents, much of Mexico’s capital has been rebuilt. Central neighborhoods in the Cuauhtemoc District, one of the worst-hit areas in ’85, have seen a major inflow of new investment. August but unkempt older buildings have been gutted and reborn as formidable multi-story luxury apartment complexes, restaurants, and boutique shops. Despite the fact that neighborhoods in the highest risk area of Mexico City, trendy colonies
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