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Latest Southern Mexico Quake Spreads Alarm, Some Rescue Efforts Suspended

Noe Torres and Daniel Trotta - Thomson Reuters
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September 23, 2017
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Mexico has been hit with several strong earthquakes in the last few weeks (Google Maps)

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake that shook southern Mexico on Saturday spread fear in the capital and frustrated rescuers, some of whom were forced to suspend the search for survivors of an earlier, bigger tremor.

The United States Geological Survey said the new quake was relatively shallow with an epicenter near Juchitan, a tropical region of Oaxaca state hard hit by another major earthquake on Sept 7.

In Mexico City, where the tremors were mild, no new damage was reported. But rescue efforts at a collapsed residential building in the Tlalpan neighborhood of Mexico City were suspended because of a risk that buildings already damaged by Tuesday’s quake would collapse.



At other sites, soldiers and volunteers continued efforts to reach quake victims even after seismic alarms rang out in the city, sending thousands of startled residents running out onto the streets, many in pajamas, shortly before 8 a.m.

In Oaxaca, another smaller earthquake was felt at 8:24 a.m. President Enrique Pena Nieto said a bridge near Juchitan collapsed along with other infrastructure weakened by the earlier tremors.

In a Mexico City shelter housing those who have lost their homes in the quakes, people stood in a circle and prayed after the alarm sounded on Saturday.

... When Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude quake hit, Mexico was already reeling from the Sept. 7 earthquake that killed at least 98 people and was the strongest in the country in 85 years.

Read the rest at The Epoch Times

Related: CDMX Rescue Efforts Now Going ‘Surgical’ as Technical Experts Take Over for Volunteers (Mexico News Daily)

Related: After Mexico Earthquake, Some 3,000 Buildings Could Collapse, Engineers Say (teleSUR)

Related: Mexican Experts Rush to Inspect Quake-Damaged Buildings (Associated Press)

Related: Damaged Buildings Total 10,000 in Puebla (Mexico News Daily)

Related: Architechts and Engineers Offer Free House Checks (The News)

Related: Deadly Earthquake Could Cost Mexico US $10 Billion, One Percent of Its GDP (PanAm Post)

Related: Messages of Solidarity Found in Donations (The News)


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