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Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Historic Constructions in the Downtown of Mexico City

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Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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Institute for Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability (IB-S), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
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Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 1276; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031276
Received: 15 December 2019 / Revised: 3 February 2020 / Accepted: 7 February 2020 / Published: 10 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Seismic Vulnerability Assessment at Urban Scale)
Seismic risk is determined by the sum of multiple components produced by a certain seismic intensity, being represented by the seismic hazard, the structural vulnerability and the exposure of assets at a specified zone. Most of the methods and strategies applied to evaluate the vulnerability of historic constructions are specialized in buildings with higher importance, either public or private, by relegating ordinary dwellings to a second plane. On account of this, this paper aims to present a seismic vulnerability assessment, considering a limited urban area of the Historic Downtown of Mexico City (La Merced Neighborhood), thus showing the analysis of 166 historic buildings. The seismic vulnerability assessment of the area was performed resorting to a simplified seismic vulnerability assessment method, composed of both qualitative and quantitative parameters. To better manage and analyze the human and economic exposure, the results were integrated into a Geographic Information System (GIS) tool, which allowed to map vulnerability and damage scenarios for different earthquake intensities. View Full-Text
Keywords: seismic risk; vulnerability; cultural heritage; Mexico City; historic center seismic risk; vulnerability; cultural heritage; Mexico City; historic center
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F. Salazar, L.G.; Ferreira, T.M. Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Historic Constructions in the Downtown of Mexico City. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1276.

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