How Medellín would hold up in an earthquake
If the biggest earthquake that could possibly hit Medellín were to actually hit, the damages are calculated at 14 percent of the city’s buildings, a considerable threat comparable to Armenia’s tragedy 13 years ago.
“Nothing is stable next to the Pacific,” explained engineer and earthquake resistance expert from Eafit University, Juan Diego Jaramillo. According to the expert, structures that are vital to the city in terms of mobility, massive events and emergency response will hold up well in an earthquake because they are designed to withstand such circumstances. Experts also say the city has the manpower to respond to emergencies as well as the ability to welcome outside assistance.