6.1 earthquake shakes Mexico

It was among thousands of aftershocks recorded in the wake of that earlier quake, the most powerful to hit Mexico in 32 years, which killed at least 90 people.

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Mexico City, Publish Date: Sep 24 2017 12:26AM | Updated Date: Sep 24 2017 12:26AM
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A strong new earthquake shook Mexico today, causing new alarm in a country reeling from two yet-more-powerful quakes this month that have killed nearly 400 people.

The US Geological Survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor was centered about 18 kilometers south-southeast of Matias Romero in the state of Oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on September 7.

It was among thousands of aftershocks recorded in the wake of that earlier quake, the most powerful to hit Mexico in 32 years, which killed at least 90 people.

There were some early reports of damage in Oaxaca. Milenio TV broadcast images of a bridge that partially collapsed.

US Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso said the new temblor was an aftershock of the 8.1 quake, and after a jolt of that size even buildings left standing can be more vulnerable.

"So a smaller earthquake can cause the damaged buildings to fail," Caruso said.

Buildings and street signs swayed and seismic alarms sounded in Mexico City.