Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017. 8:50 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: As tropical systems continue to devastate our Caribbean brothers and sisters, our neighbor to the north, Mexico, has also been devastated but by earthquakes.
At the start of this month, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico followed by a 7.1 magnitude last week and a 6.1 magnitude on Saturday.
Saturday’s earthquake struck the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, which had been previously devastated by the 8.1 magnitude earthquake on Sept. 7.
Today, several highways and a bridge which were damaged in the earlier earthquake have since collapsed in Oaxaca.
This earthquake was preceded by smaller quakes which ranged in magnitudes from 4.1 to 5.8 between Friday night and Saturday morning.
A few aftershocks have since followed.
The epicenter of Saturday’s earthquake was over 300 miles (482 km) to the southwest of Mexico City, Mexican media outlets are reporting that residents in Mexico City felt buildings sway.
Since last t least Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake around 319 people have died. However, this isn’t the final figure as the search continues for survivors.
However, given recent weather conditions mainly Tropical Storm Pilar, the search efforts will be challenging.
“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.”
She added, “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.”
The Government of Belize has not yet indicated if they will assist in providing relief to the Mexican government.
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