Magnitude 4.7 Earthquake Struck 7 km N of Flórina, Greece on January 11, 2022 15:14:30Last Updated: 2022-03-19 22:07:45
On January 11, 2022 15:14:30 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.7 on the richter scale hit 7 km N of Flórina, Greece. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 21.405° and latitude 40.853°. 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 January 11, 2022 15:14:30 had a magnitude of 4.7 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 Flórina in West Macedonia Region, Greece, located 7 kilometers or 4 miles ↘ SE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Ammochóri (West Macedonia Region, Greece) located 10 km (6 mi) ↘ SE and Bistrica (Bitola Municipality, North Macedonia) located 14 km (8 mi) ↖ NW of the epicenter.
In total, we found 135 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.
Nearby Power Plants
We found a total 7 utility-scale power plants in the vecinity of the earthquakes epicenter. Ranging form closest to furtherst, one of these is a neaclear power plant.
|10 km (6 mi)||→ E||Florina Solar Power Plant||Solar||4.3 MW|
|17 km (10 mi)||→ E||Florina power station||Coal||330.0 MW|
|23 km (14 mi)||↑ N||Bitola Coal Power Plant Macedonia||Coal||675.0 MW|
|75 km (47 mi)||↑ N||Tikves Hydroelectric Power Plant Macedonia||Hydro||116.0 MW|
|115 km (71 mi)||↖ NW||Kozjak Hydroelectric Power Plant Macedonia||Hydro||80.0 MW|
|119 km (74 mi)||↖ NW||Sveta Peka Hydroelectric Power Plant Macedonia||Hydro||36.4 MW|
|122 km (76 mi)||↖ NW||Matka Hydroelectric Power Plant Macedonia||Hydro||9.6 MW|
Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes
We found 3 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.7 earthquake that struck 7 km N of Flórina, Greece on January 11, 2022 15:14:30. These types were Hydro power plants, Solar power plants, Coal 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Information found on this page is a derivative set, based on sources mentioned below.
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.