Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake Struck 3 km NNW of Cortes de la Frontera, Spain on October 16, 2020 00:58:51

Last Updated: 2020-12-29 23:07:25

On October 16, 2020 00:58:51 an earthquake with magnitude of 3.9 on the richter scale hit 3 km NNW of Cortes de la Frontera, Spain. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 23.88 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -5.358° and latitude 36.642°. According to documented reports 5 people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on October 16, 2020 00:58:51 had a magnitude of 3.9 on the richter scale. Which is considered to be a minor earthquake and is often felt but causes little to no damage.

Shallow earthquakes are considered between 0 and 70 km deep, while intermediate earthquakes range from 70 - 300 km deep and deep earthquakes are between 300 - 700 km deep.

Are shallow earthquakes more destructive?

Shallow quakes generally tend to be more damaging than deeper quakes. Seismic waves from deep quakes have to travel farther to the surface, losing energy along the way.

Nearby Cities and Towns

The nearest significant population center is Cortes de la Frontera in Málaga, Spain, located 3 kilometers or 1 miles ↘ SE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Villaluenga del Rosario (Cádiz, Spain) located 6 km (4 mi) ↖ NW and Jimera de Líbar (Málaga, Spain) located 7 km (4 mi) ↗ NE of the epicenter.

In total, we found 137 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
3 km (1 mi) ↘ SE Cortes de la Frontera Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
6 km (4 mi) ↖ NW Villaluenga del Rosario Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
7 km (4 mi) ↗ NE Jimera de Líbar Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
8 km (5 mi) ← W Ubrique Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
8 km (5 mi) ↖ NW Benaocaz Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
10 km (6 mi) → E Benalauría Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
10 km (6 mi) → E Atajate Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
10 km (6 mi) ↘ SE Algatocín Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
12 km (7 mi) ↗ NE Benaoján Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
13 km (8 mi) ↖ NW Grazalema Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
13 km (8 mi) → E Alpandeire Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
14 km (8 mi) ↑ N Montejaque Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
15 km (9 mi) → E Faraján Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
15 km (9 mi) → E Jubrique Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
16 km (10 mi) → E Júzcar Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
18 km (11 mi) ↗ NE Cartajima Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
18 km (11 mi) → E Pujerra Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
20 km (12 mi) ↗ NE Parauta Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
20 km (12 mi) ↗ NE Ronda Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
21 km (13 mi) → E Igualeja Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
22 km (13 mi) ↖ NW Zahara Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
23 km (14 mi) ← W Prado del Rey Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
26 km (16 mi) ↖ NW Algodonales Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
26 km (16 mi) ↗ NE Arriate Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
29 km (18 mi) ↑ N Setenil de las Bodegas Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
32 km (20 mi) ↑ N Torre Alháquime Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
33 km (20 mi) ↑ N Alcalá del Valle Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
33 km (20 mi) ↑ N Olvera Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
35 km (21 mi) ↖ NW Puerto Serrano Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
37 km (23 mi) ↖ NW Coripe Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
37 km (23 mi) → E Istán Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
38 km (24 mi) ↑ N Pruna Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
38 km (23 mi) ↗ NE Cuevas del Becerro Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
40 km (25 mi) ↗ NE Tolox Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
40 km (25 mi) ↗ NE Yunquera Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (27 mi) ↖ NW Montellano Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (28 mi) ↗ NE Alozaina Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (28 mi) ↑ N Cañete la Real Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (28 mi) → E Ojén Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (28 mi) ↑ N Algámitas Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (29 mi) ↗ NE Guaro Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (29 mi) → E Monda Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (30 mi) ↗ NE Casarabonela Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (29 mi) ↑ N Villanueva de San Juan Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (31 mi) ↑ N Almargen Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Ardales Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↖ NW Morón de la Frontera Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↗ NE Carratraca Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↗ NE Coín Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
54 km (33 mi) ↗ NE Teba Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
59 km (37 mi) ↗ NE Pizarra Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
59 km (37 mi) ↗ NE Alhaurín el Grande Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
61 km (38 mi) ↗ NE Alora Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) ↑ N Martín de la Jara Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
63 km (39 mi) ↑ N Campillos Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
64 km (40 mi) → E Mijas Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
65 km (40 mi) ↗ NE Cártama Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (42 mi) ↑ N Sierra de Yeguas Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (43 mi) ↑ N Osuna Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
70 km (43 mi) → E Benalmádena Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
71 km (44 mi) ↗ NE Alhaurín de la Torre Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ↖ NW Paradas Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (47 mi) ↗ NE Almogía Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (46 mi) ↑ N Aguadulce Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
76 km (47 mi) ↑ N Pedrera Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
76 km (47 mi) → E Torremolinos Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
76 km (47 mi) ↖ NW Marchena Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ↗ NE Humilladero Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ↑ N Gilena Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ↗ NE Fuente de Piedra Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
82 km (51 mi) ↗ NE Mollina Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
82 km (51 mi) ↗ NE Antequera Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (52 mi) ↑ N Estepa Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↗ NE Málaga Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↑ N Lora de Estepa Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) ↗ NE Casabermeja Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
88 km (55 mi) ↑ N Alameda Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
88 km (54 mi) ↑ N Marinaleda Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ↑ N Casariche Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
91 km (56 mi) ↑ N Fuentes de Andalucía Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
92 km (57 mi) ↑ N Herrera Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↑ N Badolatosa Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↗ NE Totalán Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↗ NE Colmenar Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
96 km (60 mi) ↗ NE Villanueva del Rosario Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
96 km (59 mi) ↗ NE Palenciana Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
96 km (60 mi) ↗ NE Rincón de la Victoria Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
99 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Ríogordo Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
99 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Moclinejo Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
99 km (62 mi) ↗ NE Archidona Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ↗ NE Villanueva del Trabuco Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ↗ NE Benamejí Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ↗ NE Villanueva de Algaidas Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
101 km (63 mi) ↗ NE Comares Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
101 km (63 mi) ↗ NE Cuevas Bajas Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
102 km (63 mi) ↗ NE Cútar Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
103 km (64 mi) ↑ N Écija Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
104 km (64 mi) ↗ NE Encinas Reales Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
105 km (65 mi) ↗ NE Alfarnatejo Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
105 km (65 mi) ↗ NE Alfarnate Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
107 km (66 mi) ↑ N Cañada Rosal Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
108 km (67 mi) ↗ NE Cuevas de San Marcos Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
109 km (67 mi) ↗ NE Villanueva de Tapia Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
110 km (68 mi) ↑ N Moriles Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
112 km (69 mi) ↑ N Santaella Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
114 km (70 mi) ↖ NW Lora del Río Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
115 km (71 mi) ↑ N Monturque Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
115 km (71 mi) ↑ N Lucena Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
115 km (71 mi) ↗ NE Iznájar Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
116 km (72 mi) ↗ NE Rute Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
117 km (73 mi) ↑ N Palma del Río Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
117 km (72 mi) ↑ N Montalbán de Córdoba Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
118 km (73 mi) ↑ N Peñaflor Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
120 km (74 mi) ↑ N Fuente Palmera Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
122 km (76 mi) ↑ N Montilla Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
122 km (75 mi) ↑ N San Sebastián de los Ballesteros Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
123 km (76 mi) ↑ N Cabra Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
126 km (78 mi) ↑ N Montemayor Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
127 km (79 mi) ↑ N Fernán-Núñez Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
129 km (80 mi) ↑ N Guadalcázar Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
130 km (81 mi) ↑ N Posadas Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
131 km (81 mi) ↗ NE Carcabuey Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
132 km (82 mi) ↑ N Hornachuelos Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
133 km (82 mi) ↑ N Almodóvar del Río Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
134 km (83 mi) ↑ N Doña Mencía Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
135 km (84 mi) ↑ N Espejo Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
136 km (84 mi) ↑ N Zuheros Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
138 km (85 mi) ↖ NW Constantina Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
139 km (86 mi) ↑ N Luque Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
140 km (87 mi) ↑ N Castro del Río Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
142 km (88 mi) ↑ N Baena Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
148 km (92 mi) ↑ N Córdoba Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
161 km (100 mi) ↑ N Valenzuela Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
163 km (101 mi) ↑ N Villafranca de Córdoba Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
164 km (101 mi) ↑ N Bujalance Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
164 km (102 mi) ↑ N Cañete de las Torres Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
167 km (104 mi) ↑ N Pedro Abad Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 34 utility-scale power plants in the vecinity of the earthquakes epicenter. Ranging form closest to furtherst, one of these is a neaclear power plant.

Distance Direction Power Plant Type Capacity
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE PARQUE EOLICO CERRO DE LA HIGUERA Wind 36.0 MW
55 km (34 mi) ↖ NW El Coronil II Solar 10.2 MW
56 km (35 mi) ↖ NW Arenales Solar 50.0 MW
60 km (37 mi) ↖ NW Morón Solar 50.0 MW
60 km (37 mi) ↗ NE TAJO DE LA ENCANTADA 1 Hydro 376.88 MW
71 km (44 mi) ↗ NE MALA1 (CTCC MALAGA) Gas 415.509 MW
78 km (48 mi) ↗ NE PLANTA COGENERACION BECOSA -FUENTE PIEDRA Waste 16.434 MW
96 km (59 mi) ↗ NE Archidona Solar 7.3 MW
98 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Moclinejo Solar 7.0 MW
102 km (63 mi) ↑ N Gemasol Solar 19.9 MW
104 km (64 mi) ↑ N PLANTA SECADO TERMICO DE LODOS E.R.A.R. DE BUTARQUE Gas 18.0 MW
105 km (65 mi) ↑ N PLANTA SOLAR TERMICA HELIOENERGY 1 Solar 100.0 MW
107 km (66 mi) ↑ N Morita Solar 8.7 MW
108 km (67 mi) ↗ NE IZNAJAR 1 Hydro 76.71 MW
109 km (67 mi) ↑ N Algarrobo Solar 5.6 MW
112 km (69 mi) ↑ N Palma del Río II Solar 50.0 MW
112 km (69 mi) ↑ N PST PALMA DEL RIO I Solar 49.9 MW
112 km (69 mi) ↑ N SOLUZ GUZMAN Solar 49.9 MW
112 km (69 mi) ↑ N Palma del Rio CSP Solar 100.0 MW
119 km (74 mi) ↑ N La Rambla Solar 5.7 MW
126 km (78 mi) ↑ N CENTRAL TERMOSOLAR LA AFRICANA Solar 49.9 MW
126 km (78 mi) ↑ N La Quintana Solar 9.8 MW
126 km (78 mi) ↑ N Fuente Palmera Solar 6.1 MW
130 km (81 mi) ↑ N Cortijo Viejo Solar 10.0 MW
130 km (81 mi) ↑ N Sierresita Solar 10.0 MW
132 km (82 mi) ↑ N BEMBEZAR Hydro 14.86 MW
133 km (82 mi) ↑ N P.E. ALMODOVAR II Wind 28.5 MW
137 km (85 mi) ↑ N Almodóvar del Río W Solar 9.6 MW
137 km (85 mi) ↑ N Almodóvar del Río E Solar 9.6 MW
142 km (88 mi) ↑ N AGROENERGETICA DE BAENA Biomass 20.0 MW
154 km (96 mi) ↑ N Alcolea I+II Solar 9.3 MW
164 km (102 mi) ↑ N Solacor 2 Solar 50.0 MW
164 km (102 mi) ↑ N PST SOLACOR 1 Solar 100.0 MW
166 km (103 mi) ↑ N Quintanilla Solar 9.5 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 6 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 3.9 earthquake that struck 3 km NNW of Cortes de la Frontera, Spain on October 16, 2020 00:58:51. These types were Solar power plants, Wind power plants, Hydro power plants, Waste power plants, Biomass power plants, Gas power plants, below you find information how each type of power plant can pose a risk to you as a person or the ecosytem around you.

None of this information should be used as guidence in an event of an emergency, but rather as additional references to information provided by national, state and local authorities.

Hydropower

Hydropower plants are generally considered as safe in many aspects, but when it comes to severe earthquakes they pose a substantial risk that can manifest in the form of dam faliours, landslides and grave impacts on surrounding ecosystems.

Dam Failure

The most significant risk is the potential failure of the dam that holds the water reservoir. Severe ground shaking can damage or breach the dam, leading to downstream flooding and as a result endangering people and wildlife living downstream. Such an event can also have severe impact on key infrastructure that cascades through society.

Landslides

Earthquakes can trigger landslides in the areas surrounding hydropower plants, potentially damaging infrastructure and causing harm to nearby communities.

Damage to Aquatic Ecosystems

Both landslide and dam failures can have a severe impact on upstream and downstream aquatic wildlife, ecosystem and groundwater, resulting in longterm risks for people and industires living and operating in areas near the water supply.

To mitigate these risks, engineering and construction standards for hydropower plants often include earthquake-resistant designs. These designs incorporate measures such as flexible foundations, strengthened dam structures, and advanced monitoring systems to detect early signs of stress. Additionally, emergency plans and evacuation procedures should be in place to protect personnel and downstream communities in the event of a severe earthquake.

Gas Power

Gas power plants can pose significant risks to people and the environment in their vicinity during earthquakes.

Gas Leaks and Fires

Gas power plants rely on natural gas, which can leak from pipelines and equipment when damaged by seismic activity. These leaks can lead to fires and explosions, endangering people in the plant's vicinity.

Impact on Air Quality

Gas power plants emit pollutants, and fires caused by gas leaks during an earthquake can release harmful substances into the air. This can pose health risks to nearby residents.

Environmental Impact

Gas leaks can also harm the local environment, potentially contaminating soil and water sources.

To mitigate these risks, most modern gas power plants have robust safety measures in place, including gas leak detection systems, emergency response plans, and communication protocols to alert nearby communities in case of an incident. Additionally, local authorities should conduct risk assessments and ensure that emergency services are well-prepared to respond to potential hazards posed by gas power plants during earthquakes.

Solar Power

Solar power plants generally pose fewer risks compared to conventional power plants that use fossil fuels or nuclear energy. However, they are not without their own set of potential risks and challenges. Below you can find some of the risks associated with solar power plants in an event of a severe earthquake.

Environmental Impact

The production of solar panels involves the use of various materials, including rare metals and chemicals. Severe earthquakes could potentially introduce these into the ecosystems of their location.

Fire Risk

Although the solar panels themselves are not typically a fire hazard, electrical components like inverters and batterises that store the electricity can pose a risk. Electrical malfunctions or faults can lead to fires, especially in poorly maintained systems in an event of a severe earthquake, and thus pose a longterm risk for the local ecosystem.

Overall, the mitigation of risks associated with utility-scale solar power plants involves a combination of technological advancements, sustainable practices, regulatory adherence, and ongoing monitoring and maintenance.

Wind Power

In the event of a severe earthquake, wind power plants typically pose lower risks to people and ecosystems compared to some other types of power generation, such as nuclear or fossil fuel power plants. Below you'll find potential risks to still consider.

Turbine Collapse

The most significant risk to people is the potential collapse of wind turbine towers during a severe earthquake. If a wind turbine were to collapse, it could cause injury or loss of life to anyone in the vicinity.

Wildlife Impact

Wind turbines can pose a risk to local wildlife. In the event of an earthquake, there could be concerns about the displacement or injury of wildlife in the vicinity of the turbines or wild fires resulting from internal malfunction of turbines.

While wind power plants do have risks associated with earthquakes, they are generally considered to be a lower-risk energy source in terms of environmental and safety concerns when compared to certain other forms of power generation. Proper planning, engineering, and maintenance practices help mitigate these risks and ensure the safe operation of wind power plants during earthquakes.

Biomass Power

Biomass power plants, which generate electricity by burning organic materials like wood, agricultural residues, or waste, can pose certain risks during earthquakes. While biomass power plants are generally considered less hazardous than some other types of power generation facilities, yet there are still potential risks to be aware of.

Fire Risk

One of the primary risks associated with biomass power plants during earthquakes is the potential for fires. The shaking during an earthquake can damage electrical systems, equipment, and fuel storage, which may lead to electrical faults and fires.

Fuel Handling

Earthquakes can disrupt the fuel handling systems in a biomass plant, potentially causing spills or accidents related to the storage and transportation of biomass feedstock.

It's important to note that the specific risks associated with biomass power plants can vary based on factors such as plant size, location, and design. The biomass power industry prioritizes safety and works closely with regulatory authorities to ensure that biomass energy is generated with minimal risk to people and the environment, even in earthquake-prone regions.

Data Information

Information found on this page is a derivative set, based on sources mentioned below.

Data Sources

We aggregate and combine data from USGS (United States Geographical Survey) and the EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre). This allow us to get near real-time and historical earthquake data dating back to the year 1950.

Disclaimer

Information or data found on this page should not be used for, or as an early warning system. It is intended as an historical reference or near real-time complementary information to offical and governmental sources. In an event of an emergency it is important closely monitor and follow advice from national, state and local authorities.

Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake Struck 3 km NNW of Cortes de la Frontera, Spain on October 16, 2020 00:58:51
Date and Time
2020-10-16 00:58:51 (UTC)
Magnitude
3.9 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
23.88 km
Reports
5 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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