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Thousands of powerful aftershocks terrify Mexico amid desperate search for quake survivors

25 September 2017

A strong new natural disaster has shaken Mexico, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes this month that together have killed almost 400 people.

Yet authorities were still accommodating anguished families who insisted that painstaking rescue operations continue at a handful of the dozens of buildings toppled by the magnitude 7.1 quake that struck Tuesday.

Mexico's army also has rescue dogs digging through the debris of damaged buildings, and a dog named Maya from the Jalisco state government was credited with finding two dead bodies on Thursday.

Mexico's disaster agency said the latest quake was an aftershock of the 8.1 quake that hit Mexico's southern coast on September 7, killing almost 100 people.

Some 70 people have been pulled from the rubble, and rescue efforts were continuing despite fading hopes for buried survivors, Mexican civil defence agency chief Luis Felipe Puente said.

Mexican authorities say the death toll from Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 quake has reached 318, with more than half of those in the capital.

Others have brought food and water, eager to tend to rescue workers or the thousands of people made homeless by the quake.

"Since Sept. 7 it has not stopped shaking", Hernandez.

"The will of a human being to live outweighs anything else", said U.S. Task Force leader Dennis Cross, who told Fox News he has seen miracles happen before. That disaster led to more rigorous building codes and regular quake drills.

Every day Frida suits up in her custom goggles and boots to sniff out victims she and handler Israel Arauz have mostly worked at a school in the city's south side where 19 children died, but 11 more were rescued. Mancera also said Saturday night on Twitter that almost 17,000 people have been "attended to" at 48 shelters, though it's not clear how many of those are being housed there.

The mayor of Mexico City said in an interview with broadcaster TV Azteca that the official response was improving. Many are bunking with family or friends. "They are all moments that you wouldn't wish on anyone". "They've sent in dogs and the dogs have indicated life", Paola Solorio, a 35-year-old who had three relatives trapped, told AFP.

"We want to ensure that these cards are received by the affected families and there are no middlemen, that we don't hand them to any leader but directly to the families", the President said.

Thousands of powerful aftershocks terrify Mexico amid desperate search for quake survivors