Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake Struck 36 km SSE of Tinogasta, Argentina on July 19, 2022 15:20:44

Last Updated: 2022-09-27 16:57:02

On July 19, 2022 15:20:44 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.8 on the richter scale hit 36 km SSE of Tinogasta, Argentina. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 130.66 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -67.488Β° and latitude -28.387Β°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on July 19, 2022 15:20:44 had a magnitude of 4.8 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 Departamento de Arauco in La Rioja, Argentina, located 65 kilometers or 40 miles β†’ E of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Arauco (La Rioja, Argentina) located 71 km (44 mi) β†’ E and Chilecito (La Rioja, Argentina) located 86 km (53 mi) ↓ S of the epicenter.

In total, we found 8 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
65 km (40 mi) β†’ E Departamento de Arauco La Rioja πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina
71 km (44 mi) β†’ E Arauco La Rioja πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina
86 km (53 mi) ↓ S Chilecito La Rioja πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina
106 km (65 mi) β†— NE Departamento de PomΓ‘n Catamarca πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina
109 km (68 mi) β†˜ SE Villa Bustos La Rioja πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina
124 km (77 mi) β†’ E PomΓ‘n Catamarca πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina
129 km (80 mi) β†˜ SE La Rioja La Rioja πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina
131 km (81 mi) β†— NE MutquΓ­n Catamarca πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 6 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
78 km (48 mi) β†’ E PARQUE EOLICO ARAUCO SAPEM II Wind 25.2 MW
78 km (48 mi) β†’ E PARQUE EOLICO ARAUCO SAPEM I Wind 25.2 MW
126 km (78 mi) β†— NE Saujil Solar 22.5 MW
127 km (79 mi) β†˜ SE LA RIOJA Oil 42.0 MW
127 km (79 mi) β†˜ SE CT LA RIOJA SUR Oil 10.0 MW
127 km (79 mi) β†˜ SE CT LA RIOJA DELIVERY Oil 19.2 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 3 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.8 earthquake that struck 36 km SSE of Tinogasta, Argentina on July 19, 2022 15:20:44. These types were Wind power plants, Solar power plants, Oil 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.

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.

Oil Power

Oil-fired power plants can pose significant risks to society, people, and ecosystems in the event of a severe earthquake.

Oil Spills & Fires

One of the most immediate dangers is the risk of oil spills and fires. The shaking during an earthquake can rupture storage tanks and pipelines, leading to the release of large quantities of oil. Spilled oil can catch fire, causing explosions and further environmental damage.

Air Quality Polution

Oil fires and releases can result in the release of toxic fumes and particulate matter into the air. This can lead to poor air quality, posing health risks to nearby communities. People exposed to these pollutants may experience respiratory issues and other health problems.

Water Pollution

Spilled oil can contaminate nearby water bodies, including rivers, lakes, and groundwater. This can harm aquatic ecosystems, killing fish and other wildlife, and disrupting the food chain. Drinking water supplies may also be compromised, impacting human health.

Soil Contamination

Oil spills can saturate the soil, making it less fertile and potentially rendering it unusable for agriculture. Soil contamination can persist for years, affecting local food production.

Long-Term Environmental Damage

The environmental damage caused by oil spills and fires can persist long after the earthquake event. Cleanup efforts can be costly and challenging, and ecosystems may take years or even decades to recover fully.

To mitigate these risks, most modern oil-fired power plants follow strict regulations, safety measures, and extensive emergency response plans are in place for oil power plants located in seismically active regions. This includes robust containment systems, automatic shutdown mechanisms, and well-trained response teams.

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.


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 4.8 Earthquake Struck 36 km SSE of Tinogasta, Argentina on July 19, 2022 15:20:44
Date and Time
2022-07-19 15:20:44 (UTC)
4.8 Magnitude (richter scle)
130.66 km
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