Magnitude 4.7 Earthquake Struck 52 km W of Villa Mercedes, Argentina on May 30, 1998 11:31:52

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:05:17

On May 30, 1998 11:31:52 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.7 on the richter scale hit 52 km W of Villa Mercedes, Argentina. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 42.2 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -66.019° and latitude -33.697°. 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 30, 1998 11:31:52 had a magnitude of 4.7 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 Villa Mercedes in San Luis, Argentina, located 51 kilometers or 32 miles ↗ NE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include La Toma (San Luis, Argentina) located 80 km (50 mi) ↑ N and Naschel (San Luis, Argentina) located 105 km (65 mi) ↑ N of the epicenter.

In total, we found 8 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
51 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Villa Mercedes San Luis 🇦🇷 Argentina
80 km (50 mi) ↑ N La Toma San Luis 🇦🇷 Argentina
105 km (65 mi) ↑ N Naschel San Luis 🇦🇷 Argentina
111 km (69 mi) ↗ NE Achiras Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
125 km (77 mi) ↗ NE Sampacho Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
126 km (78 mi) ↑ N Tilisarao San Luis 🇦🇷 Argentina
145 km (90 mi) ↑ N Concarán San Luis 🇦🇷 Argentina
148 km (92 mi) ↑ N Luján San Luis 🇦🇷 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
54 km (33 mi) ↗ NE Caldenes del Oeste Solar 30.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.7 earthquake that struck 52 km W of Villa Mercedes, Argentina on May 30, 1998 11:31:52. These types were Solar 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.

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.

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 4.7 Earthquake Struck 52 km W of Villa Mercedes, Argentina on May 30, 1998 11:31:52
Date and Time
1998-05-30 11:31:52 (UTC)
4.7 Magnitude (richter scle)
42.2 km
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