Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Struck 26 km ENE of Tres Isletas, Argentina on February 08, 1983 18:38:15

Last Updated: 2020-08-26 22:26:38

On February 08, 1983 18:38:15 an earthquake with magnitude of 5.0 on the richter scale hit 26 km ENE of Tres Isletas, Argentina. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 33.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -60.175° and latitude -26.278°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on February 08, 1983 18:38:15 had a magnitude of 5.0 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 Departamento de Maipú in Chaco, Argentina, located 24 kilometers or 15 miles ↙ SW of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Tres Isletas (Chaco, Argentina) located 26 km (16 mi) ↙ SW and Pampa del Indio (Chaco, Argentina) located 34 km (21 mi) ↑ N 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
24 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Departamento de Maipú Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
26 km (16 mi) ↙ SW Tres Isletas Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
34 km (21 mi) ↑ N Pampa del Indio Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
43 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Departamento de Quitilipi Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
53 km (32 mi) ↘ SE Las Garcitas Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
54 km (34 mi) → E Laguna Limpia Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
59 km (37 mi) ↗ NE Presidencia Roca Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
63 km (39 mi) → E Ciervo Petiso Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
71 km (44 mi) → E Colonias Unidas Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
80 km (49 mi) → E El Colorado Formosa 🇦🇷 Argentina
87 km (54 mi) → E General José de San Martín Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
114 km (71 mi) → E Pampa Almirón Chaco 🇦🇷 Argentina
115 km (71 mi) ↗ NE Palo Santo Formosa 🇦🇷 Argentina
115 km (72 mi) ↑ N Comandante Fontana Formosa 🇦🇷 Argentina
122 km (76 mi) ↗ NE Pirané Formosa 🇦🇷 Argentina

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 1 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
128 km (79 mi) ↗ NE CT PIRANE Oil 16.25 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 5.0 earthquake that struck 26 km ENE of Tres Isletas, Argentina on February 08, 1983 18:38:15. These types were Oil 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.

Oil Power

Oil-fired power plants can pose significant risks to society, people, and ecosystems in the event of a severe earthquake.

Oil Spills & Fires

One of the most immediate dangers is the risk of oil spills and fires. The shaking during an earthquake can rupture storage tanks and pipelines, leading to the release of large quantities of oil. Spilled oil can catch fire, causing explosions and further environmental damage.

Air Quality Polution

Oil fires and releases can result in the release of toxic fumes and particulate matter into the air. This can lead to poor air quality, posing health risks to nearby communities. People exposed to these pollutants may experience respiratory issues and other health problems.

Water Pollution

Spilled oil can contaminate nearby water bodies, including rivers, lakes, and groundwater. This can harm aquatic ecosystems, killing fish and other wildlife, and disrupting the food chain. Drinking water supplies may also be compromised, impacting human health.

Soil Contamination

Oil spills can saturate the soil, making it less fertile and potentially rendering it unusable for agriculture. Soil contamination can persist for years, affecting local food production.

Long-Term Environmental Damage

The environmental damage caused by oil spills and fires can persist long after the earthquake event. Cleanup efforts can be costly and challenging, and ecosystems may take years or even decades to recover fully.

To mitigate these risks, most modern oil-fired power plants follow strict regulations, safety measures, and extensive emergency response plans are in place for oil power plants located in seismically active regions. This includes robust containment systems, automatic shutdown mechanisms, and well-trained response teams.

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 5.0 Earthquake Struck 26 km ENE of Tres Isletas, Argentina on February 08, 1983 18:38:15
Date and Time
1983-02-08 18:38:15 (UTC)
5.0 Magnitude (richter scle)
33.0 km
0 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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