Anxious Mexicans jolted by new quake

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake that shook southern Mexico spreads fear in the capital and frustrates rescuers, some of whom were forced to suspend the search for survivors of an earlier, bigger tremor.

MEXICO CITY • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico yesterday and was felt in the capital, where seismic alarms sounded.

Residents ran into the streets and rescuers briefly stopped combing the rubble left by a bigger tremor last Tuesday.

The United States Geological Survey said the new quake was relatively shallow and hit near Juchitan, a tropical region of Oaxaca state, which had been hard hit by an earlier major quake on Sept 7.

Already shaken by two earlier earthquakes this month that have killed at least 380 people, thousands of people, some in pyjamas, rushed out of their homes again in Oaxaca and Mexico City when the new tremor hit early yesterday.

"I heard the alarm and ran downstairs with my family," said Mr Sergio Cedillo, 49, who was in front of the TV, watching rescuers' efforts to find survivors from last Tuesday's earthquake when the alarm sounded.

No new damage was immediately reported, but rescue efforts were suspended in areas affected by Tuesday's quake to allow the authorities to see if the new tremors would put workers at risk, said Mr Luis Felipe Puente, the head of Mexico's civil protection agency.

Tuesday's quake, which toppled 39 buildings in the capital, was the worst earthquake in three decades to hit Mexico City, following one in 1985 that killed 10,000 people.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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