Israeli Rescue Teams Help Earthquake-stricken Mexico, Netanyahu Orders Relief Aid

Jerome Frank
September 27, 2017

A bridge that had been damaged by the earlier quake was split in half and teetering on the verge of collapse following Saturday's aftershock.

The tremors - possibly aftershocks from a massive 8.2-magnitude quake that hit southern Mexico two weeks ago - forced rescue workers in the capital to pause their efforts for a couple of hours.

Mexico's tourism industry has come together with state officials in Guerrero to offer a discount of 30- to 50-percent off on accommodations and food to people visiting the cities of Acapulco and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo over the next three months. The video that the Mexican navy tweeted of Frida got well over 34,000 re-tweets and over 64,000 likes. "Please update the lists" of bodies recovered, said one relative, Ines Sandoval.

More than 400 fatalities have been caused by the two September quakes. "So we reached out to the Red Cross and partnered with them to set up a way to help those affected by the quake".

"I can say that at this time it would be unlikely to find someone alive", Puente said in an interview, referring to 43 missing people being sought at four disaster sites in Mexico City.

Quake warning sirens are now sounding in Mexico City while the head of the city government has advised that emergency protocols have been activated following a 6.4 temblor in the city of Ixtepec in the southern state of Oaxaca.

Relatives of people who are presumably buried under the rubble of a building toppled by a magnitude 7.1 quake that struck central Mexico nearly a week ago protest as they talk to the media in Mexico City, on September 25, 2017.

The most-watched collapse site - a school where 19 children were killed last week - was built illegally on a site reserved for housing, according to local media reports.

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As of Wednesday, most of the rescue workers had been placed under the supervision of the Mexican Marines, but there were also expert experts deployed from Israel, the United States, Japan, Spain and Germany, as well as other countries.

Buildings swayed in Mexico City, where nerves are still raw from Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 temblor that has killed at least 305 across the region.

"We've been told they have detected areas with life".

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is one of many global aid entities that has deployed its task force to Mexico City to assist in rescue and recovery efforts.

Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente reported Sunday morning on Twitter that 180 people died in the capital.

"We have carried out a full count with the directors of the school and we are sure that all the children are either safe at home, in the hospital or unfortunately died", Angel Enrique Sarmiento, a top officer in the Mexican marines, told journalists at the ruins of the Enrique Rebsamen school on the capital's south side.

Many have been traumatised by the second major quake to strike Mexico City in their lifetime after a devastating 1985 tremor killed an estimated 10,000 people.

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