Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Struck 18 km NNE of Batna, Algeria on July 04, 2020 07:59:39

Last Updated: 2022-08-08 23:33:06

On July 04, 2020 07:59:39 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.5 on the richter scale hit 18 km NNE of Batna, Algeria. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 6.254° and latitude 35.712°. According to documented reports 1 people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on July 04, 2020 07:59:39 had a magnitude of 4.5 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 Batna in Batna, Algeria, located 18 kilometers or 11 miles ↓ S of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Tazoult-Lambese (Batna, Algeria) located 25 km (15 mi) ↘ SE and Merouana (Batna, Algeria) located 32 km (20 mi) ↙ SW of the epicenter.

In total, we found 20 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
18 km (11 mi) ↓ S Batna Batna 🇩🇿 Algeria
25 km (15 mi) ↘ SE Tazoult-Lambese Batna 🇩🇿 Algeria
32 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Merouana Batna 🇩🇿 Algeria
45 km (28 mi) ↑ N Telerghma Mila 🇩🇿 Algeria
46 km (28 mi) ↗ NE Aïn Kercha Oum El Bouaghi 🇩🇿 Algeria
49 km (30 mi) ↓ S Aïn Touta Batna 🇩🇿 Algeria
50 km (31 mi) ↖ NW Chelghoum el Aïd Mila 🇩🇿 Algeria
51 km (31 mi) ↘ SE Arris Batna 🇩🇿 Algeria
55 km (34 mi) ↙ SW Râs el Aïoun Batna 🇩🇿 Algeria
62 km (39 mi) ↗ NE Aïn Fakroun Oum El Bouaghi 🇩🇿 Algeria
65 km (40 mi) ↑ N Aïn Smara Constantine 🇩🇿 Algeria
70 km (43 mi) ← W El Eulma Sétif 🇩🇿 Algeria
72 km (45 mi) ↑ N El Khroub Constantine 🇩🇿 Algeria
79 km (49 mi) ↑ N Constantine Constantine 🇩🇿 Algeria
82 km (50 mi) ↑ N Mila Mila 🇩🇿 Algeria
83 km (51 mi) ↑ N Hamma Bouziane Constantine 🇩🇿 Algeria
84 km (52 mi) ↗ NE ’Aïn Abid Constantine 🇩🇿 Algeria
85 km (52 mi) ↖ NW Rouached Mila 🇩🇿 Algeria
89 km (55 mi) ↑ N Sidi Mérouane Mila 🇩🇿 Algeria
89 km (55 mi) ↑ N Didouche Mourad Constantine 🇩🇿 Algeria

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 4 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
24 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Oued el Ma Solar 20.0 MW
24 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Hauts Plateaux Est Solar 73.8 MW
26 km (16 mi) ← W Ain Djasser Gas 520.0 MW
58 km (36 mi) ↖ NW Chelghoum El Aïd Solar 15.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 2 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.5 earthquake that struck 18 km NNE of Batna, Algeria on July 04, 2020 07:59:39. These types were Solar 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.

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.

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 4.5 Earthquake Struck 18 km NNE of Batna, Algeria on July 04, 2020 07:59:39
Date and Time
2020-07-04 07:59:39 (UTC)
Magnitude
4.5 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.0 km
Reports
1 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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