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    Thousands homeless following Mexico earthquakes; Death toll tops 330

    By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
    September 27, 2017, 7:17:55 AM EDT

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    After a magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook Mexico last week, another earthquake struck on Saturday and caused buildings to sway in Mexico City.

    Saturday's earthquake registered a magnitude of 6.1 and struck the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, which endured the most damage by the 8.1 magnitude earthquake on Sept. 7.

    Some highways and a bridge that had been damaged in the earlier earthquake collapsed in Oaxaca on Sunday, CNN reported.

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    The location of Saturday's 6.1 magnitude earthquake is shown above. (USGS)

    This earthquake was preceded by other quakes that ranged in magnitudes from 4.1 to 5.8 and rumbled offshore from Friday night to Saturday morning. A few aftershocks have since followed.

    Although the epicenter of Saturday's earthquake was over 300 miles (482 km) to the southwest of Mexico City, the Associated Press reports that residents in the city felt buildings sway.

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    At least 333 people have died in Mexico following Tuesday's 7.1-magnitude earthquake, according to the Associated Press. There are only two more sites left where searchers hope to still find survivors.

    "Showers and thunderstorms will continue to be scattered about the area from near Mexico City to Oaxaca daily through at least early this week, threatening to hinder rescue and cleanup operations," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. "The majority of the wet weather will occur during the afternoon and evening hours."

    "Bulldozers and other equipment may drown out the sound of thunder, so crews should pay extra attention to weather conditions and be prepared to seek shelter indoors for a time," she said.

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    Search and rescue team members hold up closed fists motioning for silence during rescue efforts at a collapsed building in La Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Thousands of professionals and volunteers are working frantically at dozens of wrecked buildings across the capital and nearby states looking for survivors of the powerful quake that hit Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)


    Sixty survivors have been pulled from the wreckage since Tuesday. Wednesday was the last time someone was found alive.

    The earthquake's death toll includes 19 children and six adults that were killed when the Enrique Rebsamen school on the city's south side collapsed.

    Eleven children were rescued; however, news of a young girl still trapped at the school that gained attention across the nation and world proved false. Authorities stated that all students had been accounted for.

    AP Mexico City earthquake

    A bulldozer removes debris from a partially collapsed building after an earthquake in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. A powerful earthquake jolted central Mexico on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway sickeningly in the capital on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)


    A total of 194 people were killed in Mexico City alone, where 38 buildings collapsed.

    The capital's mayor reports that 87 percent of the 7,649 properties examined have been deemed safe. However, roughly 1,000 are uninhabitable. Many of those who lost their homes are living with family or friends.

    Nearly a week after the initial quake, 98 percent of the schools in Mexico City remain closed until they are inspected for safety.


    There are now fears of more damage from any future earthquakes or aftershocks across central and southern Mexico due to weakened structures.

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