New 6.1 quake shakes a jittery Mexico

Frederick Owens
September 24, 2017

The director of Mexico's disaster agency says it's an aftershock of the 8.1 quake that hit on September 7 off the country's southern coast.

A 6.1 magnitude natural disaster shook southern Mexico on Saturday morning, the US Geological Survey said, rattling a country still coming to grips with the devastation from two stronger temblors earlier this month.

The tremors hit Mexico days after a powerful quake of magnitude 7.1 on Richter scale killed more than 2oo people in the country.

A geophysicist with the Survey told The Associated Press that the latest quake was an aftershock of the 8.1 tremor earlier this month. The Federal Police agency said the bridge already been closed due to damage after the September 7 quake.

National Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente acknowledged that backhoes and bulldozers were starting to clear away some wrecked buildings where no life has been detected or where teetering piles of rubble threatened to collapse on neighboring structures.

More than 300 people have been reported killed in Tuesday's quake; almost 100 reportedly died in the September 8 temblor.

Mexico is still reeling from the previous natural calamity as it had caused serious damage to lives and property in the region.

New 6.1 quake shakes a jittery Mexico

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

Alejandra Castellanos, who was staying in a hotel in the area with her husband, said she was "frightened" when she felt the earth shake for the second time in two weeks.

The new quake also swayed buildings in Mexico City, which is trying to recover from a magnitude 7.1 temblor that struck on Thursday, killing at least 295 people.

"I always believed I was going to get out alive", he said.

He said that two people had died from heart attacks - local media said the victims were women aged 58 and 83.

At the site of an office building that collapsed Tuesday and where an around-the-clock search for survivors was still ongoing, rescuers briefly evacuated from atop the pile of rubble after the morning quake before returning to work removing cement, tiles and other debris. More than half the dead - 167 - perished in the capital, while another 73 died in the state of Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico State, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.

"They have told us it is well constructed, that it's a bunker", Bueno said of her own home.

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