Strong 6.2 magnitude aftershock hits Mexico City, causing buildings to sway and sending terrified earthquake survivors running into the streets

Saturday, September 23, 2017
By Paul Martin

Buildings swayed in Mexico City following a 6.2 earthquake in the southern state of Oaxaca
The region was shaken by a magnitude 8.1 quake that hit on September 8
Mexico City is recovering from a 7.1 temblor that struck on Tuesday, killing at least 295 people
Rescue efforts were suspended Saturday in areas affected by Tuesday’s quake

KAILEEN GAUL
DAILYMAIL.COM
23 September 2017

A strong aftershock has rolled through Mexico City, swaying buildings and sending people running into the street.

Seismic alarms sounded in the capital and rescuers briefly stopped combing the rubble left by a bigger tremor earlier this week.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the new earthquake to strike Mexico had a magnitude of 6.2 and was centered in the southern state of Oaxaca.

That’s the region most shaken by a magnitude 8.1 quake that hit on September 8. The director of Mexico’s disaster agency says Saturday’s quake is an aftershock.

Saturday’s quake was much weaker than the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit on Tuesday, killing at least 295 people and knocking down buildings across the capital.

The earthquake was felt across Mexico, toppling houses, shaking buildings in the country’s capital and leaving a million without power amid reports tremors were detected as a far away as Austin, Texas – more than 1,300 miles from the epicenter.

It’s not immediately clear if the new quake caused damage or injury.

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, according to Luis Felipe Puente, the head of Mexico’s civil protection agency.

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