The Ring of Fire
Spatial Scale: Planetary
Temporal Scale: 1017 Years
Mexico is situated in a unique geographic region where the movements of five different tectonic plates interact: the North American Plate, the Pacific Plate, the Rivera Plate, the Cocos Plate, and the Caribbean Plate. The telluric forces created due to the collisions, subductions and frictions of these plates are also part of the planetary-scale seismic area known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, of which New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Canada, the United States, Central America, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Chile also are part of, and where 80% of global seismic activity is observed.
Below is a spatial timeline which shows the registry of over 1000 years of seismic registry, showing seismic events of magnitudes larger than M6.0. A magnitude of an earthquake refers to the amount of energy released by the event.
58 Years of Seismicity in Mexico
Spatial Scale: Tectonic-National
Temporal Scale: 172 Years in Mexico + 58 Years in AO286
AO286's construction began in 1959 and ended in 1961, and stood until it collapsed on 19/09/2017. Below is a spatial timeline which shows all seismic events of M5.0 or higher that have been registered since 1845 by the Mexican Seismological Service (SSN). Additionally, throughout the 58 years it stood, the building withheld 20 earthquakes magnitudes higher than M5.0, some of them, like the 19/09/1985 and 07/09/2017 earthquakes, were of magnitudes stronger than the M7.1 earthquake that caused its structure to fail and fall. 
What these graphs show is that Mexico City, where AO286 is located, is a region in which seismicity is an enduring phenomenon. Both vulnerability and resilience to seismic forces has been constructed over time, as spaces of human inhabitation have developed, and created new conditions, as this platform explores in the next sections.
You may download the editable map layers as SHP files here.
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