Magnitude-6.1 aftershock rocks Mexico days after deadly quake

A labrador retriever is earning global praise for her efforts to rescue a dozen lives in various natural disasters following a pair of earthquakes that struck Mexico in recent weeks.

It was not immediately clear if there were any new injuries or damage from the latest quake. It was centered about 325 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Oaxaca, the region that took the brunt of a magnitude 8.1 quake on September 7.

Locals rescuers said the Israeli teams came with equipment enabling them to detect cell phone signals in the rubble.

Yet Mexico City's mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, insisted that around 30 people may still be found alive.

In Mexico state, President Enrique Pena Nieto vowed there would be a rapid evaluation of the damage caused, and swift reconstruction of homes, schools and businesses.

The 7.1-magnitude quake has killed almost 300 people, and rescuers were still digging through some of the 52 buildings that collapsed in Mexico City alone.

When the seismic alarm for a new quake sounded on Saturday morning, hospital workers ordered visitors to evacuate.

She said when the building fell, the force of two floors above collapsing violently knocked her down, but a wall of concrete stopped just short of crushing her and three of her coworkers.

Last week's quake was the second major one to hit the country in less than two weeks, following a magnitude 8.1 temblor farther south on September 8, killing almost 100 people.

Some 70 people were at work in the building when the 7.1-magnitude natural disaster struck.

It was among thousands of aftershocks recorded in the wake of that earlier quake, which was the most powerful to hit Mexico in 32 years and killed at least 90 people. He reported that two people died of apparent heart attacks during the new temblor.

Six days after a devastating 7.1 quake rocked Mexico City, family members of those still trapped under the rubble continue to hold out hope.

The dog's rescue gave hope to residents and neighbours of the building who successfully got an injunction from a judge Saturday night requiring the rescue operation continue for at least five more days.

In a tweet on Friday, Mr Puente said the tolls remained unchanged elsewhere with 73 in Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico state, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.

Rescuers race against the clock early Saturday to reach possible survivors trapped inside an office building in the Roma Norte neighbourhood of Mexico City.

While survival for those trapped becomes a faint reality after several days without food or water, it is not an impossibility.

  • Jack Mann