Magnitude 3.6 Earthquake Struck 1 km N of Bordj el Kiffan, Algeria on September 21, 2014 12:58:22

Last Updated: 2014-12-19 00:05:24

On September 21, 2014 12:58:22 an earthquake with magnitude of 3.6 on the richter scale hit 1 km N of Bordj el Kiffan, Algeria. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 3.190° and latitude 36.761°. 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 21, 2014 12:58:22 had a magnitude of 3.6 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 Bordj el Kiffan in Algiers, Algeria, located 1 kilometers or 0 miles ↘ SE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Bab Ezzouar (Algiers, Algeria) located 3 km (2 mi) ↓ S and Dar el Beïda (Algiers, Algeria) located 5 km (3 mi) ↘ SE of the epicenter.

In total, we found 40 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
1 km (0 mi) ↘ SE Bordj el Kiffan Algiers 🇩🇿 Algeria
3 km (2 mi) ↓ S Bab Ezzouar Algiers 🇩🇿 Algeria
5 km (3 mi) ↘ SE Dar el Beïda Algiers 🇩🇿 Algeria
8 km (5 mi) → E Rouiba Algiers 🇩🇿 Algeria
9 km (5 mi) ↗ NE Aïn Taya Algiers 🇩🇿 Algeria
9 km (5 mi) ↙ SW Algiers Algiers 🇩🇿 Algeria
13 km (8 mi) → E Reghaïa Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
13 km (8 mi) ↓ S Baraki Tipasa 🇩🇿 Algeria
13 km (8 mi) ↙ SW Birkhadem Algiers 🇩🇿 Algeria
15 km (9 mi) ↘ SE Meftah Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria
15 km (9 mi) ↙ SW Saoula Tipasa 🇩🇿 Algeria
17 km (11 mi) → E Ouled Moussa Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
17 km (10 mi) → E Khemis el Khechna Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
19 km (12 mi) → E Boudouaou Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
19 km (12 mi) ↓ S Sidi Moussa Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria
20 km (12 mi) ← W Cheraga Tipasa 🇩🇿 Algeria
21 km (13 mi) → E Arbatache Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
22 km (13 mi) ↓ S Larbaâ Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria
24 km (14 mi) ↙ SW Douera Tipasa 🇩🇿 Algeria
24 km (15 mi) ← W ’Aïn Benian Tipasa 🇩🇿 Algeria
25 km (15 mi) ↗ NE Boumerdas Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
26 km (16 mi) ↓ S Chebli Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria
31 km (19 mi) ↙ SW Zeralda Tipasa 🇩🇿 Algeria
32 km (20 mi) → E Thenia Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
32 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Boufarik Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria
37 km (23 mi) → E Beni Amrane Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
42 km (26 mi) → E Lakhdaria Bouïra 🇩🇿 Algeria
47 km (29 mi) → E Chabet el Ameur Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
55 km (34 mi) → E Tizi Gheniff Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
57 km (35 mi) → E Naciria Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
63 km (39 mi) → E Tadmaït Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
66 km (41 mi) ↗ NE Dellys Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
68 km (42 mi) → E Draa Ben Khedda Tizi Ouzou 🇩🇿 Algeria
71 km (44 mi) → E Tirmitine Tizi Ouzou 🇩🇿 Algeria
76 km (47 mi) → E Tizi Ouzou Tizi Ouzou 🇩🇿 Algeria
77 km (48 mi) ↗ NE Makouda Boumerdès 🇩🇿 Algeria
81 km (50 mi) → E Beni Douala Tizi Ouzou 🇩🇿 Algeria
85 km (53 mi) ↗ NE Boudjima Tizi Ouzou 🇩🇿 Algeria
89 km (55 mi) → E Tizi Rached Tizi Ouzou 🇩🇿 Algeria
91 km (56 mi) → E L’Arbaa Naït Irathen Tizi Ouzou 🇩🇿 Algeria

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 5 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
9 km (6 mi) ↙ SW Hamma 2 Gas 418.0 MW
18 km (11 mi) ↓ S Arbaa Gas 560.0 MW
30 km (18 mi) ↙ SW Boufarik 1 Gas 100.0 MW
33 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Boufarik 2 Gas 450.0 MW
46 km (28 mi) ↗ NE Ras Djinet Gas 672.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 3.6 earthquake that struck 1 km N of Bordj el Kiffan, Algeria on September 21, 2014 12:58:22. These types were 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.

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 3.6 Earthquake Struck 1 km N of Bordj el Kiffan, Algeria on September 21, 2014 12:58:22
Date and Time
2014-09-21 12:58:22 (UTC)
3.6 Magnitude (richter scle)
10.0 km
0 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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