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260 aftershocks after yesterday’s earthquake in Costa Rica

October 24th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Volcanology and Seismology Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), reported a total of 260 aftershocks since the magnitude 6.6 earthquake which struck at 6:45 p.m. yesterday, until 6:00 a.m. this morning, all between 2 and 4 degrees on the Richter scale.

 

“The majority of the aftershocks have been close to the source of the earthquake, in Guanacaste, basically in Samara. The seismic activity is a result of the subduction process of the plates, “ said Maria Martinez, from OVSICORI.

 

The Red Cross has confirmed that no injuries have been reported due to yesterday’s earthquake.

 

Despite the fact that there are no reports of damage to national hospitals or clinics, the hospital in Puntarenas will be assessed this morning in order to rule out further damage having been caused by last night’s quake.  The hospital in Puntarenas was severely damaged from the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Costa Rica on September 5th. Some staff had already been working from tents in the parking lot.

 

The seismologist Ronny Quintero stated that the temblor was an aftershock of the September 5th earthquake, and says he does not rule out the possibility of an even larger earthquake striking the area in the future.

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