Costa Rica Quake: Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Rattles Country One Month After 7.6 Quake

By Amir Khan on October 24, 2012 2:47 PM EDT

A powerful earthquake, measured as a magnitude 6.6, rattled the country of Costa Rica on Tuesday, shaking buildings throughout the capital and forcing residents to flee their homes.

The Costa Rica quake was centered 38 miles south of Libera, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and was 24.5 miles deep. Though the Costa Rica quake didn't cause any damage or injuries, San Jose residents fled their homes.

The Costa Rica quake marks the second large quake in as many months. The Central American nation was hit by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake on September 5, which caused widespread structural damage but no injuries.

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Rafael Angel Araya, head of police in the area affected by Wednesday's quake, said police were inspecting the area for damage and injuries, but so far, everything seems okay.

"They're starting out with any buildings slightly damaged in the previous tremors as a precautionary measure because these are the structures that could potentially fall," he said, according to Reuters.

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