After an 8.0 earthquake devastated Mexico City in 1985, the government strengthened building codes to prevent more buildings from collapsing. After a massive quake toppled more buildings in the city in 2017, it became clear that officials weren’t enforcing those codes, and developers were cutting corners.
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