A Shaken Capital

A Shaken Capital
  • Credit:

    NASA GSFC Landsat/LDCM EPO Team
The vast metropolis of Mexico City is located in Mexico’s tectonically active high plateaus. The sprawling city, featured here on Jan. 31, 1985, experienced a massive earthquake in September 1985 that killed 10,000 residents. Today Mexico City is home to nearly 9 million people. This natural color Landsat 5 image of Mexico City was created using Thematic Mapper bands 3,2,1.

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  • Data Date:

    January 31, 1985
  • Visualization Date:

    May 21, 2012
  • Sensor(s):

    Landsat 5 - TM


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