Latest Earthquake in Mexico Kills at Least 2 People

Latest Earthquake in Mexico Kills at Least 2 People

Latest Earthquake in Mexico Kills at Least 2 People

Mexicans packed churches on Sunday to pray for the victims of the country's deadliest quake in 32 years as rescue teams searched against the odds for any survivors trapped under rubble since Tuesday's tremor shook Mexico City and nearby states.

This quake occurred 32 years to the day after the one of 1985 that devastated Mexico city in which more than 10,000 dead and up to 30,000 according to some estimates. The government said it would soon release information about which schools have been cleared to reopen Monday.

Vicente Aparicio, 76, gazed at the building where he lived in southern Mexico City as his wife listened to an engineer explaining the damage it had suffered.

Eugene Zapata-Garesché, Latin America and Caribbean director for the 100 Resilient Cities network which helps cities prepare for modern-day challenges, said it can take generations for people to recover from major shocks like earthquakes.

Once they were found, the rescue from the wreckage also proved to be nerve-racking. A crowd of onlookers watching swelled, and so did the number of volunteer workers. Many are bunking with family or friends. That disaster led to more rigorous building codes and regular quake drills. The entire building would have fallen on anyone still inside, burying them alive.

"There are limits to what can be done when there's buildings constructed decades and decades ago, (and) there's lots of informal settlements", said UNISDR's Glasser.

"I came to ask God for strength for those who lost loved ones and for the Virgin to watch over us and keep us safe", said 69-year-old Maria Gema Ortiz.

"There's four of us", read the WhatsApp messages, which finally reached her husband Juan Jesus Garcia on Wednesday at 5:34 a.m.

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The sense of vulnerability has only been heightened by the fact that Tuesday's natural disaster struck on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed more than 10,000 people, the worst in Mexican history. "I have not seen any extraction of any person".

Buildings swayed in Mexico City, where nerves are still raw from Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 temblor that has killed over 300 across the region.

She expressed concern about the rationing of aid, saying that people who want to help should get supplies to families directly because the centers for aid are not helping.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said at least seven schools were among the buildings thought to be at risk of tumbling.

That means close to 1,000 were found to be unsafe, a figure that is expected to rise as more reviews are conducted.

Foreign teams from Japan, the U.S. and elsewhere were working with dogs and high-tech gear to try to detect signs of life under the rubble. Heavy machinery moved in to begin removing the mountains of debris. Authorities in Oaxaca declared that collapsed homes killed a woman in the town of Asuncion Ixtaltepec and a man in San Blas Atempa as walls fell on them, Fox News reported.

The search for survivors continued in a ruined office building in the Roma neighborhood and in a five-story apartment building in historic Tlalpan. It caused at least 91 deaths and damaged 41,000 homes.

He said residents and neighbours had maintained a good relationship with the navy and civil defence authorities running the search operation at the site. "Lines were down. They couldn't think of other ways to find their relatives", said Ana Flores, who heads an office for the Mexican state of Puebla in Passaic, N.J.

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