Strong 6.1-magnitude aftershock kills at least one in Mexico

Posted September 27, 2017

The update came as survivors were still being pulled from rubble in the capital, spurring hope among relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by the magnitude 7.1 natural disaster.

A NEW natural disaster sowed panic in Mexico City yesterday, forcing a brief pause in rescue operations to free survivors from the more powerful tremor this week that devastated parts of the capital.

"It hurts our souls, the people who were killed, the families heartbroken from the pain, the innocent children who have died under the rubble and the cries of their parents who can't understand the tragedy", Cardinal Norberto Rivera, who delivered the mass in Mexico City, said. Frida's handler, Israel Arauz Salinas, told the LA Times, 'the spaces that Frida and the other dogs have had to search are less than 20 inches high.

Mexico will search another three days beneath the rubble for possible survivors of the September 19 quake even though it is unlikely rescuers will find anyone alive, the country's chief of emergency services said on Monday.

President Enrique Pena Nieto sought to hit back against the criticism, highlighting government aid for survivors on a tour Saturday of Jiquipilas in the poor Southern state of Chiapas, which was badly hit by the September 7 quake.

According to the Archdiocese of Mexico, more than 150 religious buildings in central Mexico were damaged during Tuesday's quake.

"This is going to become political, a campaign issue and a source of profit: If you support me and you vote for me, we will help you", he said.

Families have been camped out for days at the site of collapsed apartment and office buildings awaiting word on missing loved ones and holding out hope they may still be found alive.

Some workers at Mexico City's police headquarters are refusing to return to work at the downtown building because of suspected structural damage.

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Garcia, 33, an Uber driver, had been waiting, often in tears, beside the collapsed building all night and immediately ran over to rescue workers.

Makeshift places of worship have popped up next to the crumbling cement and mangled steel of collapsed buildings in the deeply religious country. The others were recorded in the states of Morelos, Puebla, Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca.

The new quake, with a magnitude of 6.1, was smaller and farther to the south than the 7.1-magnitude one that struck on Tuesday, killing more than 300 people and toppling 39 buildings in the capital.

The Government of Belize has not yet indicated if they will assist in providing relief to the Mexican government. "But we won't give up", said the head of the civil protection service, Luis Felipe Puente.

Tuesday's quake hit on the anniversary of the deadly 1985 tremor that by some estimates killed 10,000 people.

"We've been told they have detected areas with life".

Marines on Sunday recovered what's believed to be the final body from a collapsed school where seven adults and 19 children were crushed.

Mexico City's infamous traffic jams were back on Monday as offices re-opened after last week's deadly quake, but closed schools and clusters of homeless people served as reminders that life in the megalopolis has not yet returned to normal.