Magnitude 3.5 Earthquake Struck 10 km ENE of Boizenburg, Germany on May 19, 2000 19:22:40

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:10:10

On May 19, 2000 19:22:40 an earthquake with magnitude of 3.5 on the richter scale hit 10 km ENE of Boizenburg, Germany. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 10.880° and latitude 53.407°. 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 19, 2000 19:22:40 had a magnitude of 3.5 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 Boizenburg in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, located 10 kilometers or 6 miles ↙ SW of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Nostorf (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany) located 14 km (9 mi) ↙ SW and Bleckede (Lower Saxony, Germany) located 16 km (10 mi) ↓ S of the epicenter.

In total, we found 228 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
10 km (6 mi) ↙ SW Boizenburg Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 🇩🇪 Germany
14 km (9 mi) ↙ SW Nostorf Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 🇩🇪 Germany
16 km (10 mi) ↓ S Bleckede Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
17 km (11 mi) → E Lübtheen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 🇩🇪 Germany
19 km (12 mi) ↘ SE Neu Darchau Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
20 km (12 mi) ↗ NE Hagenow Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 🇩🇪 Germany
21 km (13 mi) ↙ SW Lauenburg Schleswig-Holstein 🇩🇪 Germany
23 km (14 mi) ↓ S Thomasburg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
24 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Echem Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
26 km (16 mi) ↙ SW Artlenburg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
26 km (16 mi) ↓ S Dahlenburg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
26 km (16 mi) ↙ SW Rullstorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
26 km (16 mi) ↓ S Nahrendorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
27 km (17 mi) ↙ SW Reinstorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
28 km (17 mi) ↙ SW Scharnebeck Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
29 km (18 mi) ↙ SW Brietlingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
30 km (19 mi) ↙ SW Barendorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
30 km (18 mi) ↘ SE Hitzacker Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
31 km (19 mi) ↙ SW Tespe Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
32 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Barum Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
32 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Adendorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
33 km (20 mi) ← W Marschacht Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
33 km (20 mi) ← W Geesthacht Schleswig-Holstein 🇩🇪 Germany
33 km (21 mi) ↙ SW Wittorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
34 km (21 mi) ↙ SW Wendisch Evern Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
35 km (22 mi) ↓ S Altenmedingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
35 km (22 mi) ↙ SW Lüneburg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
35 km (21 mi) ↙ SW Bardowick Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
36 km (22 mi) ↓ S Himbergen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
36 km (22 mi) ↙ SW Handorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Deutsch Evern Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Vögelsen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
37 km (23 mi) ↘ SE Dannenberg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
37 km (23 mi) ↘ SE Zernien Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
39 km (24 mi) ↙ SW Reppenstedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
39 km (24 mi) ↓ S Bienenbüttel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
40 km (25 mi) ← W Drage Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
40 km (25 mi) ↙ SW Radbruch Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
40 km (25 mi) ↙ SW Melbeck Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
40 km (25 mi) ↓ S Weste Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↘ SE Klein Gusborn Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
41 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Jameln Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↓ S Bad Bevensen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
43 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Embsen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
43 km (26 mi) ↙ SW Kirchgellersen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
43 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Südergellersen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
44 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Winsen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
46 km (28 mi) ↙ SW Westergellersen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
47 km (29 mi) ↓ S Rosche Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
48 km (29 mi) ↙ SW Betzendorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
49 km (30 mi) ↘ SE Küsten Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Garstedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
49 km (31 mi) ↙ SW Wulfsen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
51 km (31 mi) ↙ SW Stelle Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
51 km (31 mi) ↙ SW Salzhausen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
52 km (32 mi) ↙ SW Oldendorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
52 km (32 mi) ↘ SE Lüchow Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
52 km (32 mi) ↘ SE Clenze Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
52 km (32 mi) ↓ S Ebstorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
52 km (32 mi) ↓ S Hanstedt Eins Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
53 km (33 mi) ↓ S Suhlendorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
53 km (33 mi) ↙ SW Toppenstedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
53 km (33 mi) ↙ SW Eyendorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
53 km (33 mi) ↓ S Uelzen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
54 km (33 mi) ↙ SW Amelinghausen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
55 km (34 mi) ↙ SW Garlstorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
55 km (34 mi) ↘ SE Woltersdorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
56 km (35 mi) ↓ S Wriedel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
56 km (34 mi) ↘ SE Wustrow Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
56 km (35 mi) ↙ SW Soderstorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
56 km (35 mi) ↙ SW Brackel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
57 km (35 mi) ↓ S Gerdau Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
57 km (35 mi) ↘ SE Schnega Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
57 km (35 mi) ↘ SE Bergen an der Dumme Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
59 km (37 mi) ↓ S Soltendieck Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
59 km (37 mi) ↓ S Wieren Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
59 km (36 mi) ↓ S Wrestedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
59 km (36 mi) ↙ SW Hanstedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
59 km (36 mi) ↙ SW Marxen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
60 km (37 mi) ↙ SW Seevetal Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
61 km (38 mi) ↓ S Eimke Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
61 km (38 mi) ↙ SW Bendestorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
62 km (39 mi) ↓ S Stadensen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
62 km (38 mi) ↙ SW Jesteburg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
63 km (39 mi) ↓ S Suderburg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
64 km (39 mi) ↘ SE Salzwedel Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
67 km (42 mi) ↙ SW Buchholz in der Nordheide Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
68 km (42 mi) ↓ S Lüder Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
68 km (42 mi) ↙ SW Bispingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
70 km (43 mi) ↙ SW Munster Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
73 km (45 mi) ↓ S Faßberg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
74 km (46 mi) ↓ S Unterlüß Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
75 km (47 mi) ↓ S Sprakensehl Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
76 km (47 mi) ↓ S Wittingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
77 km (47 mi) ↓ S Hankensbüttel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
79 km (49 mi) ↘ SE Beetzendorf Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
80 km (50 mi) ↙ SW Wietzendorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
82 km (51 mi) ↓ S Dedelstorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
82 km (51 mi) ↓ S Hermannsburg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
86 km (53 mi) ↓ S Eschede Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
86 km (53 mi) ↓ S Steinhorst Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
88 km (55 mi) ↓ S Groß Oesingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
88 km (55 mi) ↘ SE Klötze Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
88 km (54 mi) ↓ S Eldingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
89 km (55 mi) ↘ SE Brome Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
89 km (55 mi) ↓ S Wahrenholz Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
90 km (56 mi) ↓ S Bergen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
92 km (57 mi) ↓ S Tülau Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
92 km (57 mi) ↓ S Wesendorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
93 km (57 mi) ↘ SE Kusey Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
94 km (58 mi) ↓ S Beedenbostel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
95 km (59 mi) ↓ S Ummern Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
96 km (60 mi) ↘ SE Parsau Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
97 km (60 mi) ↓ S Lachendorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
97 km (60 mi) ↓ S Ahnsbeck Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
97 km (60 mi) ↓ S Wagenhoff Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
98 km (61 mi) ↓ S Barwedel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
99 km (61 mi) ↓ S Tiddische Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
100 km (62 mi) ↓ S Sassenburg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
101 km (62 mi) ↓ S Jembke Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
102 km (63 mi) ↓ S Celle Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
102 km (63 mi) ↘ SE Rühen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
102 km (63 mi) ↓ S Wienhausen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
102 km (63 mi) ↓ S Langlingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
103 km (64 mi) ↓ S Müden Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
104 km (65 mi) ↓ S Hambühren Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
104 km (64 mi) ↓ S Tappenbeck Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
105 km (65 mi) ↓ S Osloß Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
105 km (65 mi) ↓ S Weyhausen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
105 km (65 mi) ↓ S Gifhorn Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
105 km (65 mi) ↘ SE Mieste Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
106 km (65 mi) ↓ S Eicklingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
107 km (66 mi) ↘ SE Grafhorst Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
108 km (67 mi) ↓ S Wathlingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
108 km (67 mi) ↓ S Adelheidsdorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
108 km (67 mi) ↘ SE Oebisfelde Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
109 km (67 mi) ↘ SE Danndorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
109 km (68 mi) ↓ S Wolfsburg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
109 km (68 mi) ↓ S Meinersen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
110 km (68 mi) ↓ S Isenbüttel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
110 km (68 mi) ↓ S Ribbesbüttel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
111 km (68 mi) ↓ S Calberlah Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
111 km (69 mi) ↓ S Westhagen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
111 km (69 mi) ↘ SE Velpke Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
112 km (69 mi) ↓ S Rötgesbüttel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
112 km (69 mi) ↓ S Wasbüttel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
113 km (70 mi) ↓ S Detmerode Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
113 km (70 mi) ↘ SE Bahrdorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
114 km (70 mi) ↓ S Uetze Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
114 km (71 mi) ↘ SE Groß Twülpstedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
115 km (71 mi) ↓ S Hänigsen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
117 km (73 mi) ↓ S Rethen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
117 km (73 mi) ↓ S Adenbüttel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
118 km (73 mi) ↓ S Didderse Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
118 km (73 mi) ↓ S Vordorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
119 km (74 mi) ↓ S Abbesbüttel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
119 km (74 mi) ↓ S Neubrück Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
120 km (74 mi) ↓ S Lehre Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
120 km (75 mi) ↓ S Edemissen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
120 km (75 mi) ↓ S Dollbergen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
120 km (74 mi) ↓ S Bevenrode Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
121 km (75 mi) ↓ S Burgdorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
122 km (75 mi) ↓ S Klein Schwülper Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
122 km (76 mi) ↘ SE Grasleben Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
122 km (76 mi) ↘ SE Weferlingen Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
122 km (75 mi) ↘ SE Flechtingen Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
123 km (76 mi) ↓ S Meerdorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
124 km (77 mi) ↓ S Wendeburg Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
124 km (77 mi) ↓ S Arpke Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
125 km (78 mi) ↘ SE Mariental Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
128 km (79 mi) ↓ S Königslutter am Elm Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
128 km (79 mi) ↓ S Peine Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
129 km (80 mi) ↓ S Braunschweig Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
129 km (80 mi) ↓ S Lehrte Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
129 km (80 mi) ↓ S Cremlingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
130 km (81 mi) ↓ S Destedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
131 km (81 mi) ↘ SE Süpplingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
131 km (81 mi) ↘ SE Helmstedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
132 km (82 mi) ↓ S Veltheim Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
132 km (82 mi) ↓ S Vechelde Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
133 km (82 mi) ↓ S Sickte Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
134 km (83 mi) ↓ S Erkerode Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
134 km (83 mi) ↘ SE Erxleben Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
135 km (84 mi) ↘ SE Wolsdorf Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
135 km (83 mi) ↓ S Ilsede Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
135 km (84 mi) ↘ SE Harbke Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
135 km (84 mi) ↓ S Evessen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
136 km (84 mi) ↓ S Sehnde Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
136 km (84 mi) ↓ S Leiferde Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
137 km (85 mi) ↘ SE Wefensleben Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
137 km (85 mi) ↘ SE Büddenstedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
138 km (86 mi) ↘ SE Sommersdorf Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
138 km (85 mi) ↓ S Dettum Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
139 km (86 mi) ↓ S Lengede Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
139 km (86 mi) ↓ S Hohenhameln Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
140 km (87 mi) ↘ SE Ummendorf Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
140 km (87 mi) ↓ S Schöppenstedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
140 km (87 mi) ↓ S Wolfenbüttel Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
141 km (87 mi) ↘ SE Schöningen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
141 km (88 mi) ↘ SE Eilsleben Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
141 km (88 mi) ↘ SE Völpke Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
142 km (88 mi) ↓ S Salzgitter Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
142 km (88 mi) ↓ S Algermissen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
142 km (88 mi) ↓ S Wittmar Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
142 km (88 mi) ↓ S Söhlde Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
143 km (89 mi) ↘ SE Hötensleben Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
144 km (89 mi) ↓ S Remlingen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
145 km (90 mi) ↓ S Uehrde Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
145 km (90 mi) ↓ S Kissenbrück Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
145 km (90 mi) ↓ S Schellerten Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
146 km (91 mi) ↓ S Harsum Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
147 km (91 mi) ↘ SE Jerxheim Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
147 km (91 mi) ↘ SE Ausleben Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
147 km (91 mi) ↓ S Sarstedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
149 km (93 mi) ↓ S Giesen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
149 km (92 mi) ↓ S Flöthe Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
150 km (93 mi) ↓ S Börßum Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
152 km (94 mi) ↓ S Elbe Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
152 km (94 mi) ↘ SE Hornhausen Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪 Germany
153 km (95 mi) ↓ S Hildesheim Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
153 km (95 mi) ↓ S Baddeckenstedt Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
154 km (96 mi) ↓ S Heere Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
154 km (96 mi) ↓ S Holle Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
156 km (97 mi) ↓ S Haverlah Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
157 km (97 mi) ↓ S Sehlde Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
159 km (99 mi) ↓ S Diekholzen Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
161 km (100 mi) ↓ S Bad Salzdetfurth Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany
164 km (102 mi) ↓ S Sibbesse Lower Saxony 🇩🇪 Germany

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 18 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
7 km (4 mi) ↙ SW Boizenburg Solar 6.6 MW
36 km (22 mi) ← W Geesthacht Hydro 119.1 MW
37 km (23 mi) ↘ SE Karwitz Solar Power Plant Solar 10.1 MW
65 km (40 mi) ↘ SE Steinitz Gas 11.4 MW
66 km (41 mi) ↘ SE Fuchsberg II Solar 6.3 MW
67 km (41 mi) ↘ SE Fuchsberg I Solar 9.9 MW
96 km (60 mi) ↓ S GUD-Anlage DREWSEN Gas 13.0 MW
104 km (64 mi) ↓ S Müden Hydro 16.4 MW
107 km (66 mi) ↓ S HKW West Coal 138.5 MW
108 km (67 mi) ↓ S HKW Nord Coal 61.5 MW
122 km (76 mi) ↘ SE Weferlingen Solar 4.5 MW
127 km (79 mi) ↓ S Schandelah Solar 8.7 MW
127 km (79 mi) ↓ S HKW-Mitte Gas 137.3 MW
130 km (80 mi) ↓ S EEW Energy from Waste Hannover GmbH Waste 22.5 MW
132 km (82 mi) ↓ S KWM Coal 690.0 MW
137 km (85 mi) ↘ SE Buschhaus power station Coal 352.0 MW
137 km (85 mi) ↘ SE TRV Buschhaus Waste 37.5 MW
142 km (88 mi) ↓ S Kraftwerk Salzgitter Other 288.5 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 6 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 3.5 earthquake that struck 10 km ENE of Boizenburg, Germany on May 19, 2000 19:22:40. These types were Gas power plants, Coal power plants, Hydro power plants, Waste power plants, Solar power plants, Other 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.

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 3.5 Earthquake Struck 10 km ENE of Boizenburg, Germany on May 19, 2000 19:22:40
Date and Time
2000-05-19 19:22:40 (UTC)
Magnitude
3.5 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.0 km
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