Mexico quake death toll reaches 293


A 6.1 magnitude quake can produce strong shaking and considerable damage to poorly built structures and slight to moderate damage in better-constructed buildings, the USGS says.

EFFORTS to find people trapped in the Mexico quake that killed more than 300 people has continued - but hopes of finding more survivors are fading. They talked about their families and prayed to the Virgin of Guadalupe. "Thanks to all those who came from other countries to help". Some buildings with previous damage collapsed.

In upscale Roma, one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods of the capital, a priest led mass for almost two dozen people under a blue tarp while a nun handed out small cards with an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who according to the Catholic faith first appeared to an Aztec convert in 1531.

Frida has spent most of her efforts at a school in southern Mexico City where 19 school children and six adults died, but 11 more children were rescued.

"God bless the people of Mexico City".

"We had to hold on", he said. "It has been a rude awakening".

At the site of an office building that collapsed Tuesday and where an around-the-clock search for survivors was still ongoing, rescuers briefly evacuated from atop the pile of rubble after the morning quake before returning to work removing cement, tiles and other debris.

The latest overall death toll stands at 305, of which more than half - 167 fatalities - were recorded in Mexico City.

The rescue took place at an apartment building in a southern neighborhood of the capital.

The dog's rescue gave hope to residents and neighbors of the building who successfully got an injunction from a judge Saturday night requiring the rescue operation continue for at least five more days.

Earlier Saturday morning, rescue efforts were briefly suspended as the capital felt the effects of a new 6.1-magnitude quake in Oaxaca, which did not directly lead to any death but with 27 people being treated for injuries. On September 19 a 7.1 natural disaster hit 90 miles southeast of Mexico City. A series of aftershocks since then have sown panic. Its epicenter was located 30 miles southwest of the city of Puebla.

There were some early reports of damage in Oaxaca.

Many more quakes are likely, warned Xyoli Perez Campos, director of Mexico's National Seismological Service.

"All of us are doing the most we can", Yebra said. "What we don't know is if they are going to be of significant magnitude".

The number of soldiers and volunteers in Jojutla has gone up since President Enrique Peña Nieto visited Wednesday, giving residents his word that federal resources would be directed to help those in need.

"Homes that were still standing just fell down", Cruz said.