New strong earthquake in Mexico on Saturday

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Oaxaca is a town about 275 miles southeast of Mexico City. U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso said the new temblor was an aftershock of the 8.1 quake. The quake knocked out power to 327,000 homes and businesses in Oaxaca but service had been restored to 72 percent of customers within a few hours. At the Xoco General Hospital, which is treating the largest number of quake victims, workers ordered visitors to evacuate when seismic alarms began to blare.

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Collapsed buildings in Mexico

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said there were no reports of significant new damage in the capital, and rescue efforts related to Tuesday’s quake were continuing. However, two people died of apparent heart attacks during the new temblor. Many people in the city are suffering of panic. “I feel afraid even when a car passes by,” said one of them expressing a feeling which is almost general. Rescue operations at some of the dozens of buildings that collapsed from Tuesday’s earthquake were temporarily interrupted. The two earlier quakes killed hundreds of people and turned buildings into dust and debris in parts of Mexico.

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