Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

New magnitude-6.1 natural disaster strikes Mexico

New magnitude-6.1 natural disaster strikes Mexico

Mexico's disaster agency says it was an aftershock of the magnitude 8.1 quake that hit the state on 7 September, in which at least 90 people died.

Already shaken by the two recent earthquakes that have killed at least 380 people in Mexico this month, thousands of people ran out onto the streets again in Oaxaca and Mexico City, some in pajamas when the new tremor shortly before 8 a.m. local time (9 a.m. ET).

The U.S. Geological Survey says the new magnitude-6.1 temblor was centered about 20 km southeast of Matias Romero in the State of Oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on September 7.

The remaining unidentified body was that of a woman pulled from a collapsed building in the chic neighborhood of Condesa.

At some Mexico City sites rescue workers were still discussing whether to return to their task of trying to reach survivors of Tuesday's quake believe to be buried under debris in three sites in the city.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said there were no reports of significant new damage in the capital, and rescue efforts related to Tuesday's quake were continuing.

Mexican officials said the temblor on Saturday morning was likely an aftershock of the September 7 quake.

"I heard the alarm and ran downstairs with my family", said Sergio Cedillo, a resident who was watching rescue efforts when the alarm sounded. "Until we are absolutely certain that there are no more people missing, we will continue our search and rescue mission".

A hospitalized survivor of Tuesday's quake spoke to CNN about his ordeal after being trapped in rubble for 17 hours.

The President, who took a tour of the town and talked to the residents, said that in Santiago Niltepec and throughout the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, the census of earthquake-affected people was complete and reconstruction work will start from next week.

Three other people, he said, tumbled around or on him.

"They have told us it is well constructed, that it's a bunker", Bueno said of her own home. The four calmed each other as the hours passed. "I want them to get out", Mr. Gutierrez said, his voice breaking. But he kept his faith.

On Wednesday morning, they were pulled out.

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