Magnitude 2.7 Earthquake Struck 7 km NW of Borgentreich, Germany on April 26, 1991 15:24:58

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 00:48:27

On April 26, 1991 15:24:58 an earthquake with magnitude of 2.7 on the richter scale hit 7 km NW of Borgentreich, Germany. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 9.154Β° and latitude 51.607Β°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on April 26, 1991 15:24:58 had a magnitude of 2.7 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 Borgentreich in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, located 7 kilometers or 4 miles β†’ E of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Willebadessen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) located 8 km (5 mi) ← W and Brakel (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) located 12 km (7 mi) ↑ N of the epicenter.

In total, we found 175 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
7 km (4 mi) β†’ E Borgentreich North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
8 km (5 mi) ← W Willebadessen North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
12 km (7 mi) ↑ N Brakel North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
13 km (8 mi) ↓ S Warburg North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
15 km (9 mi) β†˜ SE Liebenau Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
16 km (10 mi) β†– NW Bad Driburg North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
16 km (10 mi) β†— NE Beverungen North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
17 km (11 mi) ← W Lichtenau North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
18 km (11 mi) β†’ E Trendelburg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
20 km (12 mi) β†’ E Hofgeismar Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
21 km (13 mi) β†˜ SE Breuna Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
21 km (13 mi) β†— NE Bad Karlshafen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
22 km (13 mi) β†– NW Nieheim North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
22 km (14 mi) β†– NW Altenbeken North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
22 km (13 mi) ↑ N Boffzen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
22 km (13 mi) β†— NE FΓΌrstenberg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
22 km (13 mi) ↓ S Volkmarsen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
24 km (15 mi) ↑ N HΓΆxter North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
25 km (15 mi) β†’ E Grebenstein Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
26 km (16 mi) β†’ E Udenhausen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
26 km (16 mi) ↙ SW Marsberg North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
27 km (17 mi) β†˜ SE Calden Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
27 km (17 mi) β†— NE Bodenfelde Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
27 km (16 mi) ↓ S Bad Arolsen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
28 km (17 mi) β†˜ SE Zierenberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
29 km (18 mi) β†– NW Steinheim North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
30 km (19 mi) β†– NW Schlangen North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
30 km (18 mi) ↑ N Schieder-Schwalenberg North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
30 km (18 mi) ← W Bad Lippspringe North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
30 km (18 mi) β†’ E Immenhausen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
30 km (18 mi) ← W Paderborn North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
31 km (19 mi) β†˜ SE Wolfhagen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
31 km (19 mi) ↑ N Holzminden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
32 km (20 mi) ↙ SW WΓΌnnenberg North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
32 km (20 mi) β†– NW Horn North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
32 km (19 mi) β†˜ SE Espenau Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
33 km (20 mi) β†— NE Uslar Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
34 km (21 mi) β†– NW Bad Meinberg North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
35 km (22 mi) β†˜ SE Vellmar Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
36 km (22 mi) ↑ N Bevern Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
36 km (22 mi) β†˜ SE Martinhagen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
36 km (22 mi) ↑ N Polle Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
37 km (23 mi) β†’ E Fuldatal Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
37 km (23 mi) β†– NW Blomberg North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
38 km (24 mi) ← W Salzkotten North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
39 km (24 mi) ↑ N LΓΌgde North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
39 km (24 mi) β†˜ SE Naumburg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
40 km (24 mi) β†˜ SE Kassel Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
40 km (25 mi) β†’ E Hannoversch MΓΌnden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↙ SW BΓΌren North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↓ S Korbach Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
41 km (25 mi) ← W HΓΆvelhof North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↑ N Ottenstein Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↓ S Sachsenhausen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
41 km (25 mi) β†– NW Detmold North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
41 km (25 mi) β†— NE Heinade Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
41 km (25 mi) β†’ E Adelebsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
41 km (25 mi) β†— NE Deensen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) β†˜ SE Niedenstein Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) β†— NE Dassel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) β†– NW Barntrup North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↑ N Golmbach Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↑ N Bad Pyrmont Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
43 km (26 mi) β†˜ SE Baunatal Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
43 km (27 mi) β†’ E Dransfeld Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
43 km (27 mi) β†’ E Scheden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
44 km (27 mi) β†– NW Augustdorf North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
44 km (27 mi) ← W Geseke North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
44 km (27 mi) ← W DelbrΓΌck North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
44 km (27 mi) β†— NE Stadtoldendorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
45 km (27 mi) ↓ S Waldeck Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
46 km (29 mi) β†— NE Hardegsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
46 km (29 mi) ↓ S VΓΆhl Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
46 km (29 mi) ↙ SW Brilon North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
46 km (28 mi) β†˜ SE Lohfelden Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
47 km (29 mi) β†– NW Regierungsbezirk Detmold North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
47 km (29 mi) ↑ N Hehlen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
47 km (29 mi) ↑ N Bodenwerder Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
47 km (29 mi) β†’ E JΓΌhnde Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
48 km (30 mi) ↑ N Eschershausen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
48 km (30 mi) β†˜ SE Kaufungen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
49 km (30 mi) ↑ N Kirchbrak Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
49 km (31 mi) β†– NW Lemgo North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
49 km (30 mi) β†– NW Lage North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
50 km (31 mi) β†˜ SE Gudensberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
50 km (31 mi) β†˜ SE Guxhagen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
51 km (31 mi) ↑ N Halle Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
51 km (31 mi) ↙ SW Willingen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
51 km (31 mi) ↙ SW AltenbΓΌren North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
51 km (31 mi) β†– NW Oerlinghausen North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
53 km (33 mi) β†˜ SE Fritzlar Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
53 km (33 mi) ↙ SW Olsberg North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
53 km (33 mi) β†˜ SE Helsa Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
53 km (33 mi) ← W Verl North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
53 km (33 mi) β†— NE Eimen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
54 km (34 mi) β†– NW LeopoldshΓΆhe North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
54 km (33 mi) ↓ S Bad Wildungen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
55 km (34 mi) ↓ S Reinhardshausen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
55 km (34 mi) ↓ S Medebach North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
55 km (34 mi) β†˜ SE Felsberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
55 km (34 mi) β†˜ SE KΓΆrle Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
57 km (35 mi) ↑ N Duingen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
57 km (36 mi) β†˜ SE Wabern Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
58 km (36 mi) β†— NE Delligsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
58 km (36 mi) β†’ E Großalmerode Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
59 km (36 mi) ↓ S Frankenau Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
59 km (37 mi) β†˜ SE Melsungen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
59 km (37 mi) β†˜ SE Hessisch Lichtenau Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
60 km (37 mi) β†˜ SE Regierungsbezirk Kassel Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
62 km (38 mi) β†— NE Alfeld Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
63 km (39 mi) β†˜ SE Malsfeld Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
63 km (39 mi) β†˜ SE Borken Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
63 km (39 mi) ↓ S Winterberg North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
64 km (40 mi) β†˜ SE Spangenberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
65 km (40 mi) ↓ S Frankenberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
65 km (40 mi) ↓ S Haina Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
66 km (41 mi) ↓ S Hallenberg North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
67 km (42 mi) β†˜ SE Neuental Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
67 km (41 mi) ↓ S Jesberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
67 km (42 mi) ↓ S Bromskirchen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
71 km (44 mi) ↓ S GemΓΌnden an der Wohra Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
71 km (44 mi) β†˜ SE Frielendorf Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
72 km (44 mi) ↓ S Allendorf Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
73 km (45 mi) β†˜ SE Alheim Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
73 km (45 mi) ↓ S Rosenthal Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
73 km (45 mi) ↓ S Gilserberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
74 km (46 mi) ↓ S Battenberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
75 km (46 mi) β†˜ SE Schwalmstadt Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
77 km (48 mi) ↓ S MΓΌnchhausen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
78 km (48 mi) β†˜ SE Rotenburg an der Fulda Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
80 km (49 mi) ↓ S Hatzfeld Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
80 km (49 mi) β†˜ SE Schwarzenborn Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
82 km (51 mi) ↓ S Rauschenberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
83 km (51 mi) β†˜ SE Neukirchen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
83 km (51 mi) β†˜ SE Bebra Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
83 km (52 mi) ↓ S Wetter Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
84 km (52 mi) β†˜ SE Willingshausen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
84 km (52 mi) β†˜ SE Breitenbach Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
84 km (52 mi) ↓ S Neustadt (Hessen) Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
86 km (53 mi) β†˜ SE Schrecksbach Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
86 km (54 mi) β†˜ SE Oberaula Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
87 km (54 mi) ↓ S Stadtallendorf Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
87 km (54 mi) ↓ S CΓΆlbe Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
88 km (54 mi) ↓ S Kirchhain Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
88 km (55 mi) ↓ S Biedenkopf Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
90 km (56 mi) β†˜ SE Bad Hersfeld Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
90 km (56 mi) β†˜ SE Kirchheim Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
90 km (56 mi) β†˜ SE Ottrau Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
91 km (56 mi) ↓ S Niederklein Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
91 km (56 mi) ↓ S AmΓΆneburg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
92 km (57 mi) ↓ S Marburg an der Lahn Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
93 km (57 mi) ↓ S Kirtorf Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
93 km (58 mi) ↓ S Breidenbach Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
94 km (59 mi) β†˜ SE Niederaula Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
95 km (59 mi) β†˜ SE Alsfeld Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
98 km (61 mi) β†˜ SE Grebenau Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
98 km (60 mi) ↓ S Homberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
99 km (61 mi) β†˜ SE Romrod Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
100 km (62 mi) ↓ S HΓΆingen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
101 km (63 mi) ↓ S Gladenbach Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
102 km (63 mi) β†˜ SE Schwalmtal Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
103 km (64 mi) β†˜ SE Eiterfeld Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
103 km (64 mi) ↓ S Lohra Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
104 km (64 mi) ↓ S Regierungsbezirk Gießen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
105 km (65 mi) ↓ S Bad Endbach Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
105 km (65 mi) ↓ S Rabenau Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
105 km (65 mi) ↓ S Fronhausen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
107 km (66 mi) β†˜ SE Schlitz Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
108 km (67 mi) β†˜ SE Burghaun Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
109 km (67 mi) β†˜ SE Lauterbach Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
109 km (67 mi) ↓ S Staufenberg Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
111 km (69 mi) ↓ S Beuern Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
111 km (69 mi) ↓ S Lollar Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
111 km (69 mi) β†˜ SE HΓΌnfeld Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
112 km (69 mi) ↓ S Bischoffen Hesse πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 19 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
33 km (20 mi) β†– NW Biomass Generator #4 Biomass 19.9 MW
42 km (26 mi) β†˜ SE MΓΌllheizkraftwerk Kassel Waste 14.7 MW
43 km (27 mi) β†˜ SE GuD Baunatal VW WerksgelΓ€nde Gas 78.0 MW
43 km (26 mi) β†˜ SE FKK Coal 33.5 MW
43 km (26 mi) β†˜ SE Kombi-HKW Gas 50.0 MW
44 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Egger Kraftwerk Briilon 1 Biomass 18.0 MW
44 km (27 mi) β†˜ SE HKW Nord West Coal 200.0 MW
44 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Egger Kraftwerk Briilon 2 Gas 13.5 MW
48 km (30 mi) β†– NW P&L Werk Lage Gas 10.2 MW
49 km (30 mi) ↓ S Waldeck1/Bringhausen Hydro 143.0 MW
49 km (30 mi) ↓ S Waldeck 2 Hydro 480.0 MW
49 km (30 mi) ← W Westerwiehe 2 Solar Power Plant Solar 1.0 MW
49 km (30 mi) ← W Westerwiehe 1 Solar Power Plant Solar 2.0 MW
49 km (30 mi) ↓ S Hemfurth Hydro 40.0 MW
53 km (33 mi) ↓ S Bad Wildungen Solar Power Plant Solar 1.6 MW
62 km (38 mi) β†— NE Werkskraftwerk Sappi Alfeld 2 Gas 20.0 MW
62 km (38 mi) β†— NE Werkskraftwerk Sappi Alfeld 1 Biomass 16.8 MW
77 km (48 mi) ↓ S Laisa Solar Power Plant Solar 2.8 MW
103 km (64 mi) ↓ S Bad Endbach Solar Power Plant Solar 7.3 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 6 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 2.7 earthquake that struck 7 km NW of Borgentreich, Germany on April 26, 1991 15:24:58. These types were Biomass power plants, Coal power plants, Solar power plants, Gas 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.

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.

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.

Biomass Power

Biomass power plants, which generate electricity by burning organic materials like wood, agricultural residues, or waste, can pose certain risks during earthquakes. While biomass power plants are generally considered less hazardous than some other types of power generation facilities, yet there are still potential risks to be aware of.

Fire Risk

One of the primary risks associated with biomass power plants during earthquakes is the potential for fires. The shaking during an earthquake can damage electrical systems, equipment, and fuel storage, which may lead to electrical faults and fires.

Fuel Handling

Earthquakes can disrupt the fuel handling systems in a biomass plant, potentially causing spills or accidents related to the storage and transportation of biomass feedstock.

It's important to note that the specific risks associated with biomass power plants can vary based on factors such as plant size, location, and design. The biomass power industry prioritizes safety and works closely with regulatory authorities to ensure that biomass energy is generated with minimal risk to people and the environment, even in earthquake-prone regions.

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 2.7 Earthquake Struck 7 km NW of Borgentreich, Germany on April 26, 1991 15:24:58
Date and Time
1991-04-26 15:24:58 (UTC)
Magnitude
2.7 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.0 km
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