Víctor Manuel CRUZ-ATIENZA

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Instituto de Geofísica, Departamento de Sismología
Circuito de la Investigación Científica s/n
Ciudad Universitaria, 04510, México D.F.
Phone: + (5255) 56-22-41-26 (ext 140)
Fax: + (5255) 56-16-25-47
E-mail: cruz@geofisica.unam.mx




























- Curiosity, creativity, passion and discipline -

Full Professor at the Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM

Investigador Titular B - PRIDE nivel D - SNI nivel 3

I’m interested in the physics of earthquakes, from the rupture process to the seismic site effects. I develop theory to look for and interpret observations in terms of physically-consistent fault processes and properties of the solid earth. Data inversion techniques and forward modeling are my primary tools. I’m involved with the earthquake source dynamics, slow earthquakes, wave propagation and the earth structure.

Scientific projects:


  • SATREPS: Hazard Assessment of Large Earthquakes and Tsunamis in the Mexican Pacific Coast for Disaster Mitigation. Mexico and Japan bilateral cooperation (JICA-JST-UNAM-CENAPRED). Years 2016-2022 (Mexican PI)
  • CONACyT: Estimación del Peligro Sísmico y Tsunamigénico en la Brecha Sísmica de Guerrero para la Prevención de Desastres. Number 6471. Problemas Nacionales, Years 2019-2021  (PI)
  • PAPIIT: Slow Slip Events (SSE) and interplate coupling in the Mexican subduction zone and La Venta-Chacalapa fault system as the constituents of the seismic cycle. Number IG100921. Years 2021-2023 (co-PI) 


  • PAPIIT: Assessment of the Seismic and Tsunamigenic Potentials in the Guerrero Seismic Gap. Number IG100617. Years 2017-2019 (co-PI)
  • CONACyT: Seismic and Tsunamigenic Hazard Assessment in the Guerrero Seismic Gap. Number 273832. Year 2016 (PI)
  • PAPIIT: Analysis of tectonic tremors in south-central Mexico and poroelastic modeling of the associated slow earthquakes. Number IN113814. Years 2014-2016 (PI)
  • CONACyT: Deterministic modelling of strong motions from large expected earthquakes in the Himalayas and Central Mexico. Number 164056, bilateral cooperation between Mexico-India. Years 2011-2013 (Mexican PI)
  • Marie Curie: High Performance Computing for Geophysical Applications (HPC-GA). International Research Staff Exchange Scheme. Number 295217. European Commission. Years 2012-2014 (Mexican PI)
  • CONACyT: Toward the integration of a regional velocity model for numerical simulation of ground motions in the Valley of Mexico. Number 80205. Years 2009-2011 (see details) (PI)
  • PAPIIT: Dynamic source inversion of Mexican earthquakes. Number IN119409. Years 2009-2011 (see details) (PI)
  • Internal Grant: The seismic cycle: aftershocks, rupture speed and friction. Year 2008 (see details) (PI)

A glance of my work:

My Team:


  • Josué TAGO, Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at UNAM (Applied mathematics for geophysics)
  • Carlos VILLAFUERTE, PhD student (Dynamic source modeling of the Mexican subduction zone)
  • John DIAZ, PhD student (Seismic hazard in Mexico City from dynamic earthquake scenarios)
  • Gabriel REYES, PhD student (Crustal structure under an active volcano)
  • Ana ROCHER, MSc student (Regional structure determination)



  • Complex Variable Analysis. Graduate course, School of Engineering, UNAM
  • Introduction to Seismology. Postgraduate course, Institute of Geophysics, UNAM (details)
  • Advanced Seismology. Postgraduate course, Institute of Geophysics, UNAM (details)


Scientific Outreach:

  • Book: "Los Sismos. Una Amenaza Cotidiana" (2013, ISBN: 978-607-8205-05-9) by "La Caja de Cerillos Ediciones" (more than 25,000 books sold)
    • Book presentation press release
    • Interview on CNN with Carmen Aristegui (click here)
    • Interview on Canal 22 with Laura Barrera (click here)
    • Interview on Canal 11 with Javier Solórzano (click here)
    • Interview on TV Azteca with Iván Carrillo (click here)
  • Television, radio and magazines interviews (click here)
  • Sismociones Libres Homepage (click here)


Since: May 2006