Magnitude 2.8 Earthquake Struck 31 km SE of Batlow, Australia on April 08, 2002 21:40:19

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:15:23

On April 08, 2002 21:40:19 an earthquake with magnitude of 2.8 on the richter scale hit 31 km SE of Batlow, Australia. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 148.418Β° and latitude -35.695Β°. 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 08, 2002 21:40:19 had a magnitude of 2.8 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 Batlow in New South Wales, Australia, located 31 kilometers or 19 miles ← W of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Tumbarumba (New South Wales, Australia) located 37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW and Tumut (New South Wales, Australia) located 46 km (29 mi) β†– NW of the epicenter.

In total, we found 33 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
31 km (19 mi) ← W Batlow New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Tumbarumba New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
46 km (29 mi) β†– NW Tumut New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
63 km (39 mi) β†˜ SE Kosciuszko National Park New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
67 km (41 mi) β†— NE Kambah Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
67 km (41 mi) β†— NE Chapman Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
68 km (42 mi) β†— NE Duffy Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
68 km (42 mi) β†— NE Rivett Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
68 km (42 mi) β†— NE Fisher Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
68 km (42 mi) β†— NE Stirling Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
69 km (43 mi) β†— NE Wright Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
69 km (43 mi) β†— NE Holder Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
69 km (43 mi) β†— NE Waramanga Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
70 km (43 mi) β†— NE Coombs Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
70 km (43 mi) β†— NE Weston Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
72 km (45 mi) ↓ S Corryong Victoria πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
74 km (46 mi) β†— NE Hawker Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
75 km (47 mi) β†— NE Weetangera Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
75 km (46 mi) β†— NE Holt Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
75 km (46 mi) β†— NE Higgins Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
76 km (47 mi) β†— NE Macgregor Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
76 km (47 mi) β†— NE Latham Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
76 km (47 mi) β†— NE Scullin Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
76 km (47 mi) β†— NE Page Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
77 km (48 mi) β†— NE Florey Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
77 km (48 mi) ↑ N Dunlop Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
78 km (48 mi) β†— NE Charnwood Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
78 km (48 mi) β†— NE Flynn Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
78 km (49 mi) β†— NE Melba Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
79 km (49 mi) β†— NE Fraser Australian Capital Territory πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
80 km (50 mi) β†˜ SE East Jindabyne New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
82 km (51 mi) β†˜ SE Jindabyne New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
83 km (51 mi) β†˜ SE Berridale New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 11 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
14 km (9 mi) ← W Tumut 3 Hydro 1500.0 MW
17 km (11 mi) β†– NW Jounama Hydro 14.0 MW
21 km (13 mi) ↓ S Tumut 2 (Upper Tumut) Hydro 336.0 MW
28 km (17 mi) ↓ S Tumut 1 (Upper Tumut) Hydro 616.0 MW
36 km (22 mi) β†– NW Blowering Hydro 70.0 MW
51 km (31 mi) β†– NW Visy Pulp and Paper Tumut Biomass 20.0 MW
64 km (40 mi) ↓ S Murray 1 Hydro 950.0 MW
65 km (40 mi) ↓ S Murray 2 Hydro 552.0 MW
72 km (45 mi) ↓ S Guthega Hydro 80.0 MW
74 km (46 mi) ↑ N Belconnen Waste 1.0 MW
84 km (52 mi) β†˜ SE Jindabyne Dam Mini Hydro Hydro 1.1 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 3 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 2.8 earthquake that struck 31 km SE of Batlow, Australia on April 08, 2002 21:40:19. These types were Biomass 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.

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 2.8 Earthquake Struck 31 km SE of Batlow, Australia on April 08, 2002 21:40:19
Date and Time
2002-04-08 21:40:19 (UTC)
Magnitude
2.8 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.0 km
Reports
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