Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Struck 4 km NE of Igüeña, Spain on September 30, 2023 12:46:37

Last Updated: 2023-10-01 14:54:22

On September 30, 2023 12:46:37 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.0 on the richter scale hit 4 km NE of Igüeña, Spain. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -6.248° and latitude 42.761°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on September 30, 2023 12:46:37 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 Igüeña in Léon, Spain, located 4 kilometers or 2 miles ↓ S of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Murias de Paredes (Léon, Spain) located 10 km (6 mi) ↑ N and Folgoso de la Ribera (Léon, Spain) located 13 km (8 mi) ↓ S of the epicenter.

In total, we found 108 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
4 km (2 mi) ↓ S Igüeña Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
10 km (6 mi) ↑ N Murias de Paredes Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
13 km (8 mi) ↓ S Folgoso de la Ribera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
15 km (9 mi) ↘ SE Villagatón Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
19 km (12 mi) → E Quintana del Castillo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
19 km (12 mi) ↓ S Torre del Bierzo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
19 km (12 mi) ← W Palacios del Sil Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
20 km (12 mi) ← W Páramo del Sil Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
20 km (12 mi) ↖ NW Villablino Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
21 km (13 mi) ↓ S Bembibre Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
22 km (14 mi) ↑ N Cabrillanes Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
22 km (14 mi) → E Provincia de León Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
22 km (14 mi) ↙ SW Toreno Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
24 km (15 mi) → E Valdesamario Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
27 km (16 mi) ↓ S Castropodame Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
27 km (17 mi) ↙ SW Congosto Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
28 km (17 mi) ↘ SE Magaz de Cepeda Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
28 km (17 mi) ↘ SE Villamejil Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
29 km (18 mi) ↙ SW Cubillos del Sil Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
29 km (18 mi) ↗ NE Soto y Amío Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
29 km (18 mi) ↙ SW Berlanga del Bierzo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
30 km (18 mi) ↗ NE Sena de Luna Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
30 km (18 mi) ↘ SE Brazuelo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
30 km (19 mi) ← W Fabero Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
30 km (19 mi) ↑ N San Emiliano Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
32 km (20 mi) ↘ SE Villaobispo de Otero Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
33 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Sancedo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
33 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Vega de Espinareda Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
33 km (20 mi) ↓ S Molinaseca Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) ← W Peranzanes Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) → E Santa María de Ordás Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
35 km (21 mi) ↘ SE Santa Colomba de Somoza Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
37 km (23 mi) → E Llamas de la Ribera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
37 km (23 mi) ↘ SE Astorga Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Ponferrada Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
38 km (24 mi) ↘ SE San Justo de la Vega Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
38 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Arganza Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
39 km (24 mi) ↙ SW Camponaraya Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
39 km (24 mi) ↘ SE Val de San Lorenzo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
39 km (24 mi) → E Cimanes del Tejar Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
39 km (24 mi) → E Turcia Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
39 km (24 mi) → E Carrizo de la Ribera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
39 km (24 mi) ← W Candín Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
40 km (25 mi) → E Benavides Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (25 mi) ↗ NE Carrocera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (26 mi) → E Santa Marina del Rey Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
42 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Villares de Órbigo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
42 km (26 mi) ↙ SW Cacabelos Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Luyego Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Santiago Millas Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Priaranza del Bierzo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Hospital de Órbigo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Valderrey Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Villarejo de Órbigo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (28 mi) ↙ SW Carracedelo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (28 mi) ↙ SW Villadecanes Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (28 mi) ↘ SE Riego de la Vega Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) → E Villadangos del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (30 mi) ↗ NE La Pola de Gordón Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Borrenes Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↘ SE San Cristóbal de la Polantera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↘ SE Castrillo de la Valduerna Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↘ SE Destriana Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Villafranca del Bierzo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) ↙ SW Corullón Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) ↗ NE La Robla Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) → E Valverde de la Virgen Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) → E Cuadros Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (32 mi) → E Sariegos Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (32 mi) ↙ SW Carucedo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (31 mi) → E Bustillo del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Villamanín Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↘ SE Santa María de la Isla Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↓ S Castrillo de Cabrera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↙ SW Trabadelo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) → E Chozas de Abajo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
54 km (34 mi) ↘ SE Villazala Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
54 km (33 mi) ↘ SE Palacios de la Valduerna Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
54 km (33 mi) ↘ SE Villamontán de la Valduerna Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
55 km (34 mi) ↓ S Benuza Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
55 km (34 mi) ↙ SW Balboa Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
56 km (34 mi) ↘ SE Soto de la Vega Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
56 km (34 mi) ↙ SW Sobrado Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
57 km (35 mi) ↓ S Truchas Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
57 km (35 mi) ↙ SW Vega de Valcarce Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) ↘ SE Urdiales del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) ↘ SE Quintana y Congosto Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) ↘ SE La Bañeza Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
59 km (36 mi) ↘ SE Valdefuentes del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) ↘ SE Santa María del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) → E San Pedro Bercianos Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) ↙ SW Puente de Domingo Flórez Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) ↘ SE Regueras de Arriba Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
61 km (38 mi) ↓ S Encinedo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
61 km (38 mi) → E Bercianos del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) ↘ SE Laguna Dalga Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) ↙ SW Barjas Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (39 mi) ↘ SE Santa Elena de Jamuz Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
63 km (39 mi) ↙ SW Oencia Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
65 km (40 mi) ↘ SE Cebrones del Río Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
65 km (40 mi) ← W Navia de Suarna Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
66 km (41 mi) ↘ SE Castrocalbón Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) ↘ SE Zotes del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) ↘ SE Pobladura de Pelayo García Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (43 mi) ↘ SE Quintana del Marco Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (43 mi) ↘ SE Roperuelos del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
71 km (44 mi) ↙ SW O Barco de Valdeorras Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (46 mi) ↘ SE Laguna de Negrillos Léon 🇪🇸 Spain

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 30 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
13 km (8 mi) ↓ S CORBERA Wind 49.2 MW
20 km (12 mi) ← W LAS ONDINAS GR 1 Hydro 82.46 MW
24 km (15 mi) ← W ANLLARES GR 1 Coal 346.84 MW
27 km (16 mi) ↓ S P. E. EL REDONDAL (2 FASE 28/3/05) Wind 30.6 MW
30 km (19 mi) ↙ SW COMPOSTILLA II GR 5 Coal 1005.14 MW
41 km (25 mi) → E SANTA MARINA GR 3 Hydro 34.68 MW
50 km (31 mi) ↗ NE LA ROBLA GRUPO 2 Coal 619.06 MW
57 km (35 mi) ↑ N PROAZA 1 Hydro 49.54 MW
60 km (37 mi) ↖ NW NARCEA GRUPO 3 Coal 553.64 MW
60 km (37 mi) ↖ NW P.E. BELMONTE Wind 34.85 MW
64 km (40 mi) ↖ NW P. E. SIERRA DE LOS LAGOS Wind 38.94 MW
65 km (40 mi) ↖ NW P.E. PICO GALLO Wind 24.42 MW
65 km (40 mi) ↖ NW P.E. SIERRA DE TINEO Wind 44.0 MW
66 km (41 mi) ↙ SW QUERENO GR 1 Hydro 36.46 MW
66 km (41 mi) ↙ SW PURINARSA TRATAMIENTO DE PURINES Waste 15.0 MW
66 km (41 mi) ↙ SW CORNATEL GR 1 Hydro 130.66 MW
67 km (41 mi) ↙ SW SOBRADELO 2 Hydro 44.25 MW
68 km (42 mi) ↑ N SOTO RIBERA 3 Coal 346.25 MW
68 km (42 mi) ↑ N CTCC SOTO DE RIBERA GRUPO 5 Gas 854.17 MW
71 km (44 mi) ↖ NW SALIME 4 Hydro 157.24 MW
71 km (44 mi) ← W PARQUE EOLICO LA CUESTA Wind 27.2 MW
71 km (44 mi) ← W P.E. SIERRA DEL ACEBO Wind 17.82 MW
72 km (44 mi) ↖ NW P.E. SIERRA DE LOS BAOS Y PUMAR Wind 30.6 MW
75 km (46 mi) ↑ N CT LADA 4 Coal 347.7 MW
80 km (50 mi) ↙ SW PORTODEMOUROS GRUPO 2 Hydro 88.12 MW
84 km (52 mi) ↖ NW DOIRAS 1 Hydro 61.94 MW
85 km (52 mi) ↖ NW ARBON 2 Hydro 56.04 MW
91 km (56 mi) ↖ NW PARQUE EOLICO LA BOBIA - SAN ISIDRO Wind 49.3 MW
94 km (58 mi) ↖ NW COGENERACION NAVIA Gas 24.0 MW
97 km (60 mi) ↑ N ABONO 2 Coal 877.66 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 5 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.0 earthquake that struck 4 km NE of Igüeña, Spain on September 30, 2023 12:46:37. These types were Waste power plants, Wind power plants, Hydro power plants, Coal 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.

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.

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 4 km NE of Igüeña, Spain on September 30, 2023 12:46:37
Date and Time
2023-09-30 12:46:37 (UTC)
Magnitude
4.0 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.0 km
Reports
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