Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Struck 8 km W of Villanueva de San Juan, Spain on October 19, 2021 17:43:31

Last Updated: 2021-12-25 22:58:49

On October 19, 2021 17:43:31 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.0 on the richter scale hit 8 km W of Villanueva de San Juan, Spain. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 15.15 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -5.265° and latitude 37.042°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on October 19, 2021 17:43:31 had a magnitude of 4.0 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 Villanueva de San Juan in Sevilla, Spain, located 7 kilometers or 4 miles ↗ NE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Pruna (Sevilla, Spain) located 8 km (5 mi) ↘ SE and Algámitas (Sevilla, Spain) located 10 km (6 mi) → E 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
7 km (4 mi) ↗ NE Villanueva de San Juan Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
8 km (5 mi) ↘ SE Pruna Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
10 km (6 mi) → E Algámitas Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
11 km (7 mi) ↓ S Olvera Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
14 km (8 mi) ↘ SE Torre Alháquime Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
17 km (10 mi) ↙ SW Coripe Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
17 km (10 mi) ↘ SE Alcalá del Valle Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
18 km (11 mi) ← W Morón de la Frontera Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
21 km (13 mi) ↓ S Algodonales Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
21 km (13 mi) ↘ SE Setenil de las Bodegas Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
22 km (13 mi) → E Almargen Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
23 km (14 mi) → E Cañete la Real Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
25 km (15 mi) ↓ S Zahara Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
26 km (16 mi) ↑ N Osuna Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
26 km (16 mi) → E Cuevas del Becerro Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
27 km (17 mi) ↗ NE Martín de la Jara Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
27 km (17 mi) ↙ SW Montellano Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
28 km (17 mi) ↙ SW Puerto Serrano Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
29 km (18 mi) ↘ SE Arriate Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
31 km (19 mi) → E Teba Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
32 km (20 mi) ↓ S Grazalema Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
33 km (21 mi) ↘ SE Montejaque Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
33 km (20 mi) ↗ NE Aguadulce Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) ↘ SE Ronda Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) ↖ NW Paradas Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) ↖ NW Marchena Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
35 km (22 mi) ↗ NE Campillos Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
35 km (22 mi) ↘ SE Benaoján Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
36 km (22 mi) ↗ NE Sierra de Yeguas Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
38 km (24 mi) ↗ NE Gilena Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
38 km (24 mi) ↗ NE Pedrera Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
38 km (23 mi) ↓ S Prado del Rey Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
39 km (24 mi) ↓ S Villaluenga del Rosario Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
40 km (25 mi) ↓ S Benaocaz Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (25 mi) → E Ardales Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (27 mi) ↓ S Ubrique Cádiz 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (27 mi) ↓ S Jimera de Líbar Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) → E Carratraca Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Atajate Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Parauta Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) ↗ NE Estepa Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (28 mi) ↘ SE Alpandeire Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (28 mi) ↑ N Marinaleda Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (28 mi) ↘ SE Cartajima Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (28 mi) ↗ NE Lora de Estepa Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (28 mi) ↘ SE Yunquera Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) ↘ SE Faraján Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) → E Casarabonela Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) ↘ SE Júzcar Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) ↘ SE Igualeja Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) ↖ NW Fuentes de Andalucía Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) ↓ S Cortes de la Frontera Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (30 mi) ↘ SE Pujerra Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (30 mi) ↗ NE Fuente de Piedra Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↘ SE Benalauría Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) → E Alozaina Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) ↗ NE Humilladero Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) ↘ SE Tolox Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (31 mi) ↗ NE Herrera Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↓ S Algatocín Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Casariche Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↘ SE Jubrique Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
54 km (34 mi) ↗ NE Mollina Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
55 km (34 mi) → E Alora Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
56 km (35 mi) ↗ NE Alameda Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
57 km (35 mi) ↘ SE Guaro Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
57 km (35 mi) ↑ N Écija Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) ↘ SE Istán Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) → E Pizarra Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
59 km (37 mi) ↘ SE Monda Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) ↗ NE Badolatosa Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) → E Coín Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) → E Antequera Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) ↑ N Cañada Rosal Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
64 km (39 mi) ↘ SE Ojén Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
64 km (40 mi) ↗ NE Palenciana Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
67 km (41 mi) → E Cártama Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
67 km (42 mi) → E Alhaurín el Grande Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) → E Almogía Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) ↗ NE Benamejí Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) ↑ N Santaella Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
72 km (45 mi) ↖ NW Lora del Río Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
72 km (45 mi) ↗ NE Moriles Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
72 km (44 mi) ↗ NE Cuevas Bajas Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ↖ NW Palma del Río Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ↗ NE Encinas Reales Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ↗ NE Villanueva de Algaidas Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
74 km (46 mi) ↖ NW Peñaflor Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
74 km (46 mi) → E Mijas Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (46 mi) ↑ N Montalbán de Córdoba Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (46 mi) ↑ N Fuente Palmera Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (46 mi) → E Alhaurín de la Torre Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
76 km (47 mi) → E Casabermeja Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
77 km (47 mi) ↗ NE Monturque Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
77 km (48 mi) ↗ NE Archidona Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ↑ N San Sebastián de los Ballesteros Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
79 km (49 mi) → E Benalmádena Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
79 km (49 mi) ↗ NE Cuevas de San Marcos Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (49 mi) → E Villanueva del Rosario Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (49 mi) ↗ NE Lucena Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
82 km (51 mi) → E Villanueva del Trabuco Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
82 km (51 mi) → E Torremolinos Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
82 km (51 mi) ↑ N Montilla Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (52 mi) ↑ N Montemayor Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (52 mi) → E Colmenar Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) → E Málaga Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↗ NE Villanueva de Tapia Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↑ N Fernán-Núñez Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↑ N Guadalcázar Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
85 km (53 mi) ↗ NE Rute Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
85 km (53 mi) ↑ N Posadas Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) ↗ NE Cabra Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) → E Ríogordo Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
88 km (54 mi) ↑ N Almodóvar del Río Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
88 km (54 mi) ↗ NE Iznájar Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
88 km (54 mi) ↑ N Hornachuelos Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) → E Alfarnate Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) → E Alfarnatejo Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
91 km (56 mi) → E Totalán Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
92 km (57 mi) → E Comares Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
94 km (58 mi) → E Moclinejo Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
94 km (58 mi) ↑ N Espejo Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) → E Rincón de la Victoria Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) → E Cútar Málaga 🇪🇸 Spain
96 km (60 mi) ↖ NW Constantina Sevilla 🇪🇸 Spain
98 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Doña Mencía Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
98 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Carcabuey Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ↑ N Castro del Río Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ↗ NE Zuheros Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
103 km (64 mi) ↑ N Córdoba Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
104 km (64 mi) ↗ NE Luque Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
105 km (65 mi) ↗ NE Baena Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
120 km (74 mi) ↑ N Villafranca de Córdoba Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
122 km (76 mi) ↑ N Bujalance Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
123 km (76 mi) ↗ NE Valenzuela Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
124 km (77 mi) ↑ N Cañete de las Torres Córdoba 🇪🇸 Spain
125 km (77 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
28 km (17 mi) ← W Morón Solar 50.0 MW
28 km (17 mi) ← W Arenales Solar 50.0 MW
32 km (20 mi) ← W El Coronil II Solar 10.2 MW
41 km (25 mi) → E PARQUE EOLICO CERRO DE LA HIGUERA Wind 36.0 MW
46 km (29 mi) → E TAJO DE LA ENCANTADA 1 Hydro 376.88 MW
48 km (30 mi) ↗ NE PLANTA COGENERACION BECOSA -FUENTE PIEDRA Waste 16.434 MW
58 km (36 mi) ↖ NW Gemasol Solar 19.9 MW
59 km (36 mi) ↑ N PLANTA SECADO TERMICO DE LODOS E.R.A.R. DE BUTARQUE Gas 18.0 MW
59 km (37 mi) ↑ N PLANTA SOLAR TERMICA HELIOENERGY 1 Solar 100.0 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↑ N Algarrobo Solar 5.6 MW
67 km (42 mi) ↖ NW SOLUZ GUZMAN Solar 49.9 MW
67 km (41 mi) ↑ N PST PALMA DEL RIO I Solar 49.9 MW
67 km (41 mi) ↑ N Palma del Rio CSP Solar 100.0 MW
67 km (41 mi) ↑ N Palma del Río II Solar 50.0 MW
68 km (42 mi) ↗ NE Morita Solar 8.7 MW
70 km (43 mi) → E MALA1 (CTCC MALAGA) Gas 415.509 MW
74 km (45 mi) ↗ NE Archidona Solar 7.3 MW
76 km (47 mi) ↑ N La Rambla Solar 5.7 MW
79 km (49 mi) ↗ NE IZNAJAR 1 Hydro 76.71 MW
81 km (50 mi) ↑ N Fuente Palmera Solar 6.1 MW
81 km (50 mi) ↑ N CENTRAL TERMOSOLAR LA AFRICANA Solar 49.9 MW
82 km (51 mi) ↑ N La Quintana Solar 9.8 MW
88 km (54 mi) ↑ N P.E. ALMODOVAR II Wind 28.5 MW
88 km (54 mi) ↑ N BEMBEZAR Hydro 14.86 MW
89 km (55 mi) ↑ N Sierresita Solar 10.0 MW
89 km (55 mi) ↑ N Cortijo Viejo Solar 10.0 MW
91 km (57 mi) ↑ N Almodóvar del Río W Solar 9.6 MW
92 km (57 mi) ↑ N Almodóvar del Río E Solar 9.6 MW
93 km (57 mi) → E Moclinejo Solar 7.0 MW
105 km (65 mi) ↗ NE AGROENERGETICA DE BAENA Biomass 20.0 MW
110 km (68 mi) ↑ N Alcolea I+II Solar 9.3 MW
122 km (75 mi) ↑ N PST SOLACOR 1 Solar 100.0 MW
122 km (75 mi) ↑ N Solacor 2 Solar 50.0 MW
123 km (76 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 4.0 earthquake that struck 8 km W of Villanueva de San Juan, Spain on October 19, 2021 17:43:31. 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 4.0 Earthquake Struck 8 km W of Villanueva de San Juan, Spain on October 19, 2021 17:43:31
Date and Time
2021-10-19 17:43:31 (UTC)
Magnitude
4.0 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
15.15 km
Reports
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