Mexico Earthquake Near Oaxaca Spreads Alarm, Sends People Panicking Into Streets
24 September, 2017, 01:44
A strong new natural disaster shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least one person, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people.
The temblor occurred 123 kilometre to the southeast of Salina Cruz, which is located on Mexico's southern Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca, Efe news reported.
The remaining unidentified body was that of a woman pulled from a collapsed building in the chic neighborhood of Condesa.
Saturday's quake struck near the city of Matias Romero at 07:53 local time (12:53 GMT) and was relatively shallow, with a depth of 9km, the US Geological Survey said.
It was strong enough to activate seismic alarms in Mexico City, which is still recovering from Tuesday's event.
Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente sent out a tweet on Saturday saying 167 of those deaths were in Mexico City.
More than 300 people have been reported killed in Tuesday's quake; almost 100 reportedly died in the September 8 temblor.
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.
"Our first phase is rescue and humanitarian aid", he said. Schools closed indefinitely, and millions initially were without power. Fernandez said officials told them they knew where people were trapped on the fourth floor.
"They have told us it is well constructed, that it's a bunker", Bueno said of her own home.
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.
Mendez said they feared the air would run out.
For Patricia Fernandez Romero, who spent the morning on a yellow folding stool under a handwritten list with the names of the 46 missing, it was remembering how badly her 27-year-old son, Ivan Colin Fernandez, sang and realizing how much she wanted to hear him again.
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