Magnitude 2.3 Earthquake Struck 17 km SSE of Blayney, Australia on May 03, 2004 22:09:14

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:22:14

On May 03, 2004 22:09:14 an earthquake with magnitude of 2.3 on the richter scale hit 17 km SSE of Blayney, Australia. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 149.352Β° and latitude -33.668Β°. 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 03, 2004 22:09:14 had a magnitude of 2.3 on the richter scale.

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 Blayney in New South Wales, Australia, located 21 kilometers or 13 miles ← W of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Bathurst Regional (New South Wales, Australia) located 26 km (16 mi) ↑ N and Millthorpe (New South Wales, Australia) located 29 km (18 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
21 km (13 mi) ← W Blayney New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
26 km (16 mi) ↑ N Bathurst Regional New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
29 km (18 mi) β†– NW Millthorpe New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
32 km (20 mi) ↑ N South Bathurst New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
32 km (20 mi) ↑ N Mitchell New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
34 km (21 mi) ↑ N Windradyne New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
34 km (21 mi) ↑ N Bathurst city centre New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
34 km (21 mi) ↑ N West Bathurst New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
35 km (21 mi) ↑ N Llanarth New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
35 km (22 mi) ↑ N Abercrombie New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
35 km (21 mi) ↑ N Bathurst New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
36 km (22 mi) ↑ N Kelso New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
37 km (23 mi) ↑ N Eglinton New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
40 km (25 mi) β†— NE Raglan New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
43 km (26 mi) β†– NW Orange Municipality New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
48 km (30 mi) β†– NW Orange New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
67 km (42 mi) β†— NE Portland New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
71 km (44 mi) β†— NE Wallerawang New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
72 km (45 mi) β†— NE South Bowenfels New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
75 km (46 mi) β†— NE Bowenfels New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
86 km (53 mi) β†— NE Blackheath New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
86 km (53 mi) β†— NE Lithgow New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
88 km (55 mi) β†’ E Katoomba New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
90 km (56 mi) β†’ E Leura New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
94 km (58 mi) β†’ E Wentworth Falls New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
98 km (61 mi) β†— NE Blue Mountains Municipality New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
98 km (61 mi) β†’ E Bullaburra New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
99 km (62 mi) β†’ E Lawson New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
102 km (63 mi) β†’ E Hazelbrook New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
106 km (66 mi) ↑ N Kandos New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
121 km (75 mi) ↑ N Mudgee New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
124 km (77 mi) ↑ N Mid-Western Regional New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia
146 km (90 mi) ↑ N Gulgong New South Wales πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 6 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
15 km (9 mi) ← W Blayney Wind Farm Wind 9.9 MW
71 km (44 mi) β†— NE Mt Piper Coal 1400.0 MW
73 km (45 mi) β†— NE Wallerawang C Coal 500.0 MW
113 km (70 mi) β†– NW Burrendong Hydro 19.0 MW
141 km (87 mi) β†– NW Bodangora Wind Farm Wind 113.0 MW
146 km (91 mi) ↑ N Beryl AU Solar 87.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 4 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 2.3 earthquake that struck 17 km SSE of Blayney, Australia on May 03, 2004 22:09:14. These types were Solar power plants, Coal power plants, Hydro power plants, Wind 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.

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.

Wind Power

In the event of a severe earthquake, wind power plants typically pose lower risks to people and ecosystems compared to some other types of power generation, such as nuclear or fossil fuel power plants. Below you'll find potential risks to still consider.

Turbine Collapse

The most significant risk to people is the potential collapse of wind turbine towers during a severe earthquake. If a wind turbine were to collapse, it could cause injury or loss of life to anyone in the vicinity.

Wildlife Impact

Wind turbines can pose a risk to local wildlife. In the event of an earthquake, there could be concerns about the displacement or injury of wildlife in the vicinity of the turbines or wild fires resulting from internal malfunction of turbines.

While wind power plants do have risks associated with earthquakes, they are generally considered to be a lower-risk energy source in terms of environmental and safety concerns when compared to certain other forms of power generation. Proper planning, engineering, and maintenance practices help mitigate these risks and ensure the safe operation of wind 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.

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 2.3 Earthquake Struck 17 km SSE of Blayney, Australia on May 03, 2004 22:09:14
Date and Time
2004-05-03 22:09:14 (UTC)
Magnitude
2.3 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.0 km
Reports
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