Mexico: 6.2-magnitude natural disaster strikes capital as rescue efforts continue

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Days after a magnitude 7.1 quake hit central Mexico, residents are in part turning to prayer and spirituality to cope with the devastation.

On Saturday, a strong new natural disaster shook Mexico, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes this month that together have killed almost 400 people.

A total of fifteen dogs were deployed to search for people in the rumbles of Mexico City, but none have as many Twitter fans as Frida.

"At the time, the greatest damage has been to the Ixtaltepec bridge, which must be reconstructed, and structures with previous damage that collapsed", Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted Saturday.

The capital is trying to recover from a magnitude 7.1 quake last Tuesday that killed at least 295 people and damaged thousands of buildings.

Buildings in Mexico City remain unstable and its residents already harrowed by a tireless search and rescue effort.

Numerous scientific agencies on both sides of the Pacific detected an quake Saturday near the site where North Korea set off a hydrogen bomb earlier this month. At least 298 people have been reported killed in Tuesday's quake; almost 100 were reported killed in the September 8 temblor.

Those who witnessed the buildings collapse said the tragedy could have been much worse. The buildings that collapsed were mostly constructed aeons ago. "And the school moved harder and I only saw over there that everything starts falling and I got scared", said Lourdes Prieto.

Its epicenter was located seven kilometers west of Union Hidalgo near the town of Matias Romero in Oaxaca, according to the National Autonomous University of Mexico City's National Seismology Service.

Dozens of other people perished in nearby states, with 73 dead in Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico state, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.

On the third day of the rescue effort, hopes were dwindling that victims in other parts of the city or surrounding states might be saved.

At least 273 people were killed - a toll that rose slightly from Tuesday to Wednesday - and scores more are injured across central Mexico.

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