Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake Struck 23 km ESE of Aïn el Bya, Algeria on May 02, 2013 18:55:36

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:50:43

On May 02, 2013 18:55:36 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.2 on the richter scale hit 23 km ESE of Aïn el Bya, Algeria. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 17.3 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -0.056° and latitude 35.731°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on May 02, 2013 18:55:36 had a magnitude of 4.2 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 Aïn el Bya in Oran, Algeria, located 23 kilometers or 14 miles ← W of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Sig (Mascara, Algeria) located 25 km (15 mi) ↓ S and Sidi ech Chahmi (Oran, Algeria) located 42 km (26 mi) ↙ SW of the epicenter.

In total, we found 22 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
23 km (14 mi) ← W Aïn el Bya Oran 🇩🇿 Algeria
25 km (15 mi) ↓ S Sig Mascara 🇩🇿 Algeria
42 km (26 mi) ↙ SW Sidi ech Chahmi Oran 🇩🇿 Algeria
44 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Bir el Djir Oran 🇩🇿 Algeria
46 km (28 mi) ↘ SE Bou Hanifia el Hamamat Mascara 🇩🇿 Algeria
52 km (32 mi) ↙ SW Es Senia Oran 🇩🇿 Algeria
52 km (32 mi) ↙ SW Oran Oran 🇩🇿 Algeria
57 km (35 mi) ↓ S Sfissef Sidi Bel Abbès 🇩🇿 Algeria
58 km (36 mi) ↙ SW Mers el Kebir Oran 🇩🇿 Algeria
59 km (36 mi) ↓ S Aïn El Berd District Sidi Bel Abbès 🇩🇿 Algeria
64 km (40 mi) ← W ’Aïn el Turk Oran 🇩🇿 Algeria
65 km (40 mi) ↓ S Sidi Hamadouche Sidi Bel Abbès 🇩🇿 Algeria
68 km (42 mi) ↓ S Zerouala Sidi Bel Abbès 🇩🇿 Algeria
69 km (43 mi) ↓ S Sidi Brahim Sidi Bel Abbès 🇩🇿 Algeria
78 km (49 mi) ↓ S Sidi Bel Abbès Sidi Bel Abbès 🇩🇿 Algeria
78 km (48 mi) ↙ SW Bou Tlelis Oran 🇩🇿 Algeria
84 km (52 mi) ↙ SW Tessala Sidi Bel Abbès 🇩🇿 Algeria
89 km (55 mi) ↙ SW El Amria Aïn Témouchent 🇩🇿 Algeria
91 km (56 mi) ↙ SW Hammam Bou Hadjar Aïn Témouchent 🇩🇿 Algeria
101 km (62 mi) ↙ SW El Malah Aïn Témouchent 🇩🇿 Algeria
109 km (67 mi) ↙ SW Aïn Temouchent Aïn Témouchent 🇩🇿 Algeria
129 km (80 mi) ↙ SW Beni Saf Aïn Témouchent 🇩🇿 Algeria

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
14 km (9 mi) ← W Marsat Gas 840.0 MW
14 km (9 mi) ← W Marsat TG Gas 184.0 MW
19 km (11 mi) ← W Kahrama IPP Gas 345.0 MW
52 km (32 mi) ↙ SW Ravin Blanc Gas 73.0 MW
81 km (50 mi) ↙ SW Boutelilis Gas 450.0 MW
110 km (68 mi) ↙ SW Terga Gas 1200.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.2 earthquake that struck 23 km ESE of Aïn el Bya, Algeria on May 02, 2013 18:55:36. 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 4.2 Earthquake Struck 23 km ESE of Aïn el Bya, Algeria on May 02, 2013 18:55:36
Date and Time
2013-05-02 18:55:36 (UTC)
4.2 Magnitude (richter scle)
17.3 km
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