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The Mexico City earthquakes. Mining technology applied to rescue efforts.
Technotimes 1986 Jun; :4, 13
On September 19, 1985, Mexico City was struck by a massive earthquake that measured 8.1 On the richter scale. This was followed the next day by another quake registering 7.5. A team composed of personnel from the Bureau of Mines, the office of surface mining, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration arrived in Mexico City on September 21, 1985, bringing with them a number of technologies developed for mining situations: (1) a miniature television camera borehole probe designed to investigate abandoned mines, (2) a seismic detection system designed to locate trapped miners, and (3) an expertise in explosives. This paper describes the television probe and seismic system that were directly and indirectly involved in several successful rescues.
Mining-industry; Rock-bursts; Rock-mechanics; Environmental-technology; Environmental-hazards; Photographic-equipment; Visual-images; Explosives; Miners; Mine-rescue; Emergency-responders; Emergency-response; Detectors
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