Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Struck 2 km WSW of Villa Rumipal, Argentina on March 05, 2003 15:22:12

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:17:59

On March 05, 2003 15:22:12 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.1 on the richter scale hit 2 km WSW of Villa Rumipal, Argentina. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 33.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -64.507° and latitude -32.201°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on March 05, 2003 15:22:12 had a magnitude of 4.1 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 Rumipal in Córdoba, Argentina, located 2 kilometers or 1 miles ↗ NE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Villa del Dique (Córdoba, Argentina) located 5 km (3 mi) ↗ NE and Embalse (Córdoba, Argentina) located 8 km (5 mi) ↗ NE of the epicenter.

In total, we found 54 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
2 km (1 mi) ↗ NE Villa Rumipal Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
5 km (3 mi) ↗ NE Villa del Dique Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
8 km (5 mi) ↗ NE Embalse Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
9 km (5 mi) ↙ SW Departamento de Calamuchita Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
14 km (9 mi) ↖ NW Santa Rosa de Calamuchita Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
23 km (14 mi) ↗ NE Almafuerte Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
25 km (15 mi) → E Los Cóndores Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
25 km (15 mi) ↖ NW Villa General Belgrano Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
27 km (17 mi) ↑ N San Agustín Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
35 km (22 mi) ↗ NE Corralito Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
37 km (23 mi) ↗ NE Río Tercero Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
47 km (29 mi) ↑ N Despeñaderos Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
49 km (30 mi) → E Tancacha Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
58 km (36 mi) ↗ NE Villa Ascasubi Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
61 km (38 mi) ↑ N Alta Gracia Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
79 km (49 mi) ↖ NW Cuesta Blanca Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
81 km (50 mi) ↗ NE Laguna Larga Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
82 km (51 mi) ↗ NE Pilar Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
83 km (51 mi) ↑ N Malagueño Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
83 km (51 mi) ↑ N Río Segundo Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
84 km (52 mi) ↗ NE Oncativo Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
85 km (53 mi) ↑ N Toledo Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
86 km (53 mi) ↑ N Villa Carlos Paz Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
90 km (55 mi) ↗ NE Oliva Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
92 km (57 mi) ↑ N Córdoba Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
93 km (58 mi) ↗ NE Costa Sacate Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
96 km (60 mi) ↑ N La Calera Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
97 km (60 mi) ↗ NE James Craik Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
100 km (62 mi) ↑ N Malvinas Argentinas Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
101 km (63 mi) ↑ N Saldán Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
102 km (63 mi) ↑ N Villa Allende Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
105 km (65 mi) ↑ N Mendiolaza Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
106 km (66 mi) ↑ N Cosquín Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
107 km (66 mi) ↗ NE Departamento de Río Segundo Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
107 km (66 mi) ↗ NE Las Junturas Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
108 km (67 mi) → E Tío Pujio Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
109 km (67 mi) ↑ N Unquillo Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
109 km (67 mi) ↑ N Monte Cristo Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
116 km (72 mi) ↗ NE Villa del Rosario Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
116 km (72 mi) ↑ N Río Ceballos Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
119 km (74 mi) ↑ N Departamento de Colón Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
119 km (74 mi) ↑ N Salsipuedes Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
120 km (74 mi) ↑ N Valle Hermoso Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
122 km (76 mi) ↑ N Piquillín Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
123 km (76 mi) ↑ N La Falda Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
125 km (77 mi) ↑ N Huerta Grande Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
127 km (79 mi) ↑ N Agua de Oro Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
129 km (80 mi) ↑ N Villa Giardino Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
134 km (83 mi) ↑ N La Granja Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
135 km (84 mi) ↑ N La Cumbre Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
137 km (85 mi) ↗ NE Santiago Temple Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
141 km (87 mi) ↑ N Jesús María Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
156 km (97 mi) ↑ N Departamento de Río Primero Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
156 km (97 mi) ↑ N Santa Rosa de Río Primero Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 14 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
6 km (4 mi) → E EMBALSE Nuclear 648.0 MW
8 km (5 mi) ↗ NE FITZ SIMON Hydro 10.8 MW
17 km (10 mi) ↗ NE BENJAMIN REOLIN Hydro 38.4 MW
25 km (15 mi) ↗ NE PIEDRAS MORAS Hydro 6.3 MW
33 km (20 mi) ↗ NE CT 13 DE JULIO Gas 26.0 MW
40 km (25 mi) ↑ N LOS MOLINOS II Hydro 4.5 MW
40 km (25 mi) ↑ N LOS MOLINOS I Hydro 59.04 MW
85 km (53 mi) ↑ N SUDOESTE Gas 140.0 MW
86 km (54 mi) ↗ NE PILAR ZANICHELLI Coal 216.0 MW
87 km (54 mi) ↗ NE PILAR BICENTENARIO Gas 467.0 MW
87 km (54 mi) ↗ NE PIEDRA DEL AGUILA (CPSA) Hydro 1400.0 MW
93 km (58 mi) ↑ N CASSAFFOUSTH Hydro 17.28 MW
94 km (58 mi) ↑ N SAN ROQUE Hydro 26.0 MW
94 km (58 mi) ↑ N DEAN FUNES Gas 70.12 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 4 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.1 earthquake that struck 2 km WSW of Villa Rumipal, Argentina on March 05, 2003 15:22:12. These types were Gas power plants, Coal power plants, Nuclear 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 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.


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.

Nuclean Power

Nuclear power plant bear an inherent risk during earthquake events, as we all witnessed on 11 of Mars 2011 in Fukushima. However, According to the World Nuclear Association, nuclear facilities are designed to witstand earthquakes.

"Nuclear facilities are designed so that earthquakes and other external events will not jeopardise the safety of the plant. In France for instance, nuclear plants are designed to withstand an earthquake twice as strong as the 1000-year event calculated for each site. It is estimated that, worldwide, 20% of nuclear reactors are operating in areas of significant seismic activity. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has a Safety Guide on Seismic Risks for Nuclear Power Plants. Various systems are used in planning, including Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment (PSHA), which is recommended by IAEA and widely accepted."

"Peak ground acceleration (PGA) or design basis earthquake ground motion (DBGM) is measured in Galileo units – Gal (cm/sec2) or g – the force of gravity, one g being 980 Gal. PGA has long been considered an unsatisfactory indicator of damage to structures, and some seismologists are proposing to replace it with cumulative average velocity (CAV) as a more useful metric than ground acceleration since it brings in displacement and duration and "operators are able to determine the absence of potential damages with high confidence" according to the IAEA."

"The logarithmic Richter magnitude scale (or more precisely the Moment Magnitude Scale more generally used today*) measures the overall energy released in an earthquake, and there is not always a good correlation between that and intensity (ground motion) in a particular place. Japan has a seismic intensity scale in shindo units 0 to 7, with weak/strong divisions at levels 5 and 6, hence ten levels. This describes the surface intensity at particular places, rather than the magnitude of the earthquake itself."

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.

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 4.1 Earthquake Struck 2 km WSW of Villa Rumipal, Argentina on March 05, 2003 15:22:12
Date and Time
2003-03-05 15:22:12 (UTC)
4.1 Magnitude (richter scle)
33.0 km
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