Mexico extends search for quake survivors
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MEXICO CITY — Rescuers resumed efforts to identify and help victims from a severe earthquake that struck Mexico earlier this week following a series of smaller but powerful quakes early Saturday.

The strongest aftershock, measuring 6.1 at 7:52 a.m. local time, struck 12 miles southeast of Matias Romero in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca. 

Several other quakes followed in the region including a magnitude 5.2 at 8:24 a.m., a 5.0 at 8:25 a.m., a 4.8 at 9:01 a.m., a 4.8 at 9:18 a.m., a 4.9 at 9:27 a.m., and a 5.1 at 9.31 a.m., according to the National Seismologic Service in Mexico.

Bettina Cruz, a resident of Juchitan, Oaxaca, told the Associated Press by phone with her voice still shaking that the new quake felt “horrible.”

“Homes that were still standing just fell down,” Cruz said. “It’s hard. We are all in the streets.”

The country is still reeling from two still-more-powerful quakes this month — including a magnitude 8.1 quake on Sept. 7 — that have killed nearly 400 people.

Saturday’s magnitude 6.1 quake, also in Oaxaca, swayed buildings and set off a seismic alarm in the capital, prompting civil defense officials to temporarily suspend rescue operations in the rubble of buildings downed by Thursday’s magnitude 7.1 quake in central Mexico.

An earthquake alert system sounded at 7:53 a.m., sending still-shaken Mexico City residents into the streets — many still wearing pajamas and slippers. 

Rescue efforts in the rubble of collapsed buildings in the capital were temporarily suspended, but have since resumed….