Mexico Hit With New 6.1 Magnitude Quake

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

Rescuers temporarily suspended a search for natural disaster survivors in Mexico City out of fear of further building collapses since the early hours of Saturday, due to multiple upheavals that have occurred in Mexico.

MEXICO has been rocked by another powerful tremor after a series of earthquakes killed at least 400 people and caused widespread devastation.

Scientists said the Saturday quake was likely an aftershock of the 8.1-magnitude quake that struck southern Mexico and killed nearly 100 people, largely in Oaxaca state, on September 7.

With half of the deaths occurring in Mexico City, search and rescue efforts continue in the hopes of pulling some of the dozens still missing from under the debris.

"We want to ensure that these cards are received by the affected families and there are no middlemen, that we don't hand them to any leader but directly to the families", the President said. Forty-nine-year-old Jesus Gonzalez fell from a third-story balcony of a building where he was working when Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 quake hit, and he's awaiting surgery.

Mexican rescuers were working through the early hours on Saturday in a desperate search for survivors of an quake that killed almost 300 people, hoping to defy experts who say the chances of finding life in the rubble after 72 hours are bleak.

At least 305 people died in the quake on Tuesday.

Buildings swayed and a seismic alarm was set off in the capital, Mexico City, where rescuers have been trying to reach people who remain buried in rubble from Thursday's quake.

"I was frightened because I thought, not again!"

US Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso said the new temblor was an aftershock of the 8.1 quake, and after a jolt of that size even buildings left standing can be more vulnerable.

Mexico City aerial view. "And there are moments when you're a little calmer".

Along the bike lane, where families slept in tents, accepting food and coffee from strangers, people have organized to present a united front to authorities, who they pressed ceaselessly for information.

"You feel fear. Before, earthquakes did not make me afraid, but now. thinking about all that could have happened in the building", Albarran said.

A church collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, in Atzitzihuacan on the slopes of the Popocatepetl volcano, Puebla Governor Jose Antonio Gali said.

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