Powerful aftershock hits Mexico City days after deadly natural disaster

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

While these tectonic events usually occur along coastlines, like near Pijijiapan, the Cocos Plate has a unique conformation that explains why so many earthquakes are hitting Mexico City, which lies farther inland, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

As the rescue work in Mexico City continues around the clock, there is one particular rescuer who is getting much praise from peers, officials, and fans alike-including Mexico's very own president, Enrique Peña Nieto.

In a cruel twist, the quake happened on the anniversary of the infamous 1985 natural disaster, which killed upwards of 10,000 people (both quakes also occurred just a couple of days after September 16, Mexico's Independence Day).

Footage shot by one anxious resident shows occupants of a tower block running out into the auto park while a seismic alarm rings out around them.

Trauma from the previous quake was evident.

The quake rattled crockery and made buildings sway, but some didn't notice.

Alejandra Castellanos was on the second floor of a hotel in a central neighbourhood and ran down the stairs and outside with her husband.

The epicenter of a 6.1 magnitude quake in the Mexican state of Oaxaca is seen in a map provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The aftershock is centered in the southern state of Oaxaca, according to USA seismologists.

A bridge near the town of Juchitan collapsed, with television images showing it severed and buckled.

Martin Mendez, a locksmith, said he was working in a building when it collapsed.

Rescue efforts had to be put on hold as Saturday's quake spread panic and fear among the people.

Rescue crews continue to frantically work around the clock to save survivors in the deadly Mexico natural disaster.

Crews hesitated for a couple of hours, discussing the added risk, before going back in to look for survivors.

They were told that water and food had been passed along to at least some of those trapped inside.

That included 43-year-old Syntia Pereda, who was at the bedside of her sleeping boyfriend. There was no student at the school registered under the name Frida Sofia, no frantic parents were found and no one had reason to believe any children were alive beneath the former school.

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