Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake Struck 23 km WSW of Oakdale, Australia on March 09, 1973 19:09:12

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On March 09, 1973 19:09:12 an earthquake with magnitude of 5.5 on the richter scale hit 23 km WSW of Oakdale, Australia. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 13.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 150.266Β° and latitude -34.131Β°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on March 09, 1973 19:09:12 had a magnitude of 5.5 on the richter scale. Which is considered to be a medium earthquake that often causes slight damage to buildings and other structures.

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 Wollondilly in New South Wales, Australia, located 19 kilometers or 12 miles β†— NE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Mittagong (New South Wales, Australia) located 39 km (24 mi) β†˜ SE and Wingecarribee (New South Wales, Australia) located 40 km (25 mi) β†˜ SE of the epicenter.

In total, we found 15 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
19 km (12 mi) β†— NE Wollondilly New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
39 km (24 mi) β†˜ SE Mittagong New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
40 km (25 mi) β†˜ SE Wingecarribee New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
41 km (25 mi) β†˜ SE Bowral New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
43 km (26 mi) β†˜ SE Burradoo New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
47 km (29 mi) β†˜ SE Moss Vale New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
52 km (32 mi) ← W Oberon New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
58 km (36 mi) β†˜ SE Bundanoon New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
68 km (42 mi) ↓ S Marulan New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
74 km (46 mi) ↙ SW Upper Lachlan Shire New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
81 km (50 mi) ↙ SW Crookwell New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
85 km (52 mi) ↓ S Goulburn New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
92 km (57 mi) ↓ S Goulburn Mulwaree New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
113 km (70 mi) β†˜ SE Shoalhaven Shire New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
136 km (85 mi) ↓ S Gundaroo New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 9 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
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Taralga Wind Farm Wind 107.0 MW
69 km (43 mi) β†˜ SE Bendeela (Shoalhaven Scheme) Hydro 240.0 MW
79 km (49 mi) ↙ SW Crookwell Wind Farm Wind 4.8 MW
89 km (55 mi) ↙ SW Gullen Solar 10.0 MW
91 km (56 mi) ↙ SW Gullen Range Wind Farm Wind 165.5 MW
102 km (63 mi) ↙ SW Gunning Wind 47.0 MW
109 km (67 mi) ↙ SW Cullerin Range Wind Farm Wind 30.0 MW
120 km (75 mi) ↓ S Woodlawn Bioreactor Waste 7.0 MW
123 km (76 mi) ↓ S Woodlawn Wind Farm Wind 48.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 4 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 5.5 earthquake that struck 23 km WSW of Oakdale, Australia on March 09, 1973 19:09:12. These types were Solar power plants, Wind power plants, Waste power plants, Hydro 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.

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.

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 5.5 Earthquake Struck 23 km WSW of Oakdale, Australia on March 09, 1973 19:09:12
Date and Time
1973-03-09 19:09:12 (UTC)
Magnitude
5.5 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
13.0 km
Reports
0 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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