BREAKING: Earthquake Aftershock Hits Mexico City

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An aftershock rolled through Mexico City Saturday morning, causing residents to flee swaying buildings that were already weakened by an earthquake that shook the city earlier this week.

The secondary quake registered a magnitude of 6.2, with an epicenter in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake that caused tremors in Mexico City was preceded by a separate, milder earthquake of the coast of Oaxaca just two hours before. The earlier quake registered a magnitude of 5.8.

Neither earthquake was as severe as the 7.1 magnitude quake that hit central Mexico Tuesday, killing 295 people and leveling buildings throughout the capital and other cities in the region.

It was not immediately clear if Saturday’s aftershocks caused additional damage or injuries in Mexico City. Luis Felipe Puente, Mexico’s director of civil protection, says there haven’t been reports of damage in the capital or the city of Oaxaca.

“Here in the city [Mexico City] it was felt lightly,” Puente told the Mexican newspaper Milenio. “For now, all rescue efforts are being paused. Right now, including Oaxaca, we don’t have damage at the moment.”

One of the most seismically active countries in the word, Mexico has been hit hard by earthquakes this month. The strongest of the recent quakes occurred Sept. 7, when a magnitude 8.1 tremor ripped through the southern state of Chiapas, killing nearly 100 people. Altogether, earthquakes have killed at least 380 people in September.

Just before Saturday morning’s aftershocks, rescue crews were still searching for the last possible survivors trapped in collapsed buildings in Mexico City.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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