Mexico hit with another earthquake

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Already suffering from two powerful earthquakes this month, Mexico was shaken by another strong 6.1 quake Saturday that caused even more damage to homes and bridges.

The Saturday earthquake hit the area about 275 miles southeast of Mexico City and 11 miles south of Matias Romero, in the state of Oaxaca, which was also severely battered by the 8.1 quake on September 7.

The Federal Police agency announced that a bridge, which had been closed after the Sept. 7 earthquake, was collapsed by the latest quake.

Another 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City Tuesday, Sept. 19, and authorities announced Saturday that the death toll has risen to 305. Between the first two quakes, an estimated 400 people have reportedly been killed.

One witness said, “Since Sept. 7 it has not stopped shaking.”

Of Saturday’s earthquake, one resident in Juchitan, Oaxaca, Bettina Cruz, said in a telephone interview, “Homes that were still standing just fell down. It’s hard. We are all in the streets.”

Search and rescue efforts continue in Mexico City, which Mexico’s Civil Protection coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente, said could go on for another two weeks.

 

“Our first phase is rescue and humanitarian aid,” Puente said. “Until we are absolutely certain that there are no more people missing, we will continue our search and rescue mission.”

Below is an interview with one child who survived the collapse of his school in Tuesday’s earthquake:

 

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