Mexico hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake Saturday

Posted September 24, 2017

A strong quake struck southern Mexico on Saturday morning, the third major natural disaster to hit the country this month, according to the U.S.

A 6.1 magnitude quake 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.

On Tuesday, a 7.1-magnitude quake struck the region, killing more than 295 and dealing extensive damage to the capital Mexico City.

Quake alarms sounded in Mexico City as a new quake struck, prompting people with fresh memories of this week's devastating temblor to flee homes and hotels. The Federal Police agency said the bridge already been closed due to damage after the September 7 quake.

"At the moment the greatest damage has been to the Ixtaltepec bridge, which should be rebuilt, and structures with previous damage that collapsed", President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted.

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

Alarms sounded in Mexico City as a new quake struck Saturday morning, prompting people with fresh memories of this week's devastating tremor to flee homes and hotels. 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.

Rescuers had detected signs of life inside a ruined apartment building in Mexico City on Friday and were continuing to search for people trapped underneath debris.

No new damage was immediately reported, but rescue efforts were suspended in areas affected by Tuesday's quake to allow authorities to see if the new tremors would put workers at risk, Luis Felipe Puente, the head of Mexico's civil protection agency said.

In her words, "I was frightened because I thought, not again!"

Hope mixed with fear Friday on a 60-foot stretch of a bike lane in downtown Mexico City, where families huddled under tarps and donated blankets, awaiting word of their loved ones trapped in the four-story-high pile of rubble behind them. More than half of the dead -157 - 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.

"We had to hold on", he said.