Magnitude 2.6 Earthquake Struck 5 km W of Hamm, Germany on June 17, 2004 22:03:31

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:22:38

On June 17, 2004 22:03:31 an earthquake with magnitude of 2.6 on the richter scale hit 5 km W of Hamm, Germany. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 1.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 7.743° and latitude 51.671°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on June 17, 2004 22:03:31 had a magnitude of 2.6 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 Hamm in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, located 5 kilometers or 3 miles ↗ NE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Werne (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) located 7 km (4 mi) ↙ SW and Bönen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) located 8 km (5 mi) ↘ SE of the epicenter.

In total, we found 218 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
5 km (3 mi) ↗ NE Hamm North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
7 km (4 mi) ↙ SW Werne North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
8 km (5 mi) ↘ SE Bönen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
9 km (5 mi) ↙ SW Bergkamen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
10 km (6 mi) ↓ S Kamen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
13 km (8 mi) ↖ NW Drensteinfurt North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
14 km (8 mi) ↑ N Ahlen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
15 km (9 mi) ↓ S Unna North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
15 km (9 mi) ↙ SW Lünen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
15 km (9 mi) ↖ NW Ascheberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
16 km (10 mi) ↙ SW Lanstrop North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
16 km (10 mi) ← W Nordkirchen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
16 km (10 mi) → E Welver North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
17 km (10 mi) ↘ SE Werl North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
19 km (11 mi) ← W Selm North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
20 km (12 mi) ↑ N Sendenhorst North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
20 km (12 mi) ↓ S Holzwickede North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
21 km (13 mi) ↘ SE Wickede North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
21 km (13 mi) ↘ SE Fröndenberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
22 km (14 mi) ↗ NE Beckum North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
23 km (14 mi) ← W Lüdinghausen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
24 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Waltrop North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
25 km (16 mi) ↙ SW Dortmund North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
25 km (15 mi) ↘ SE Menden North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
25 km (15 mi) ← W Olfen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
27 km (16 mi) → E Soest North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
27 km (17 mi) ↙ SW Datteln North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
27 km (16 mi) ↖ NW Senden North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
27 km (16 mi) ↗ NE Ennigerloh North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
28 km (17 mi) ↓ S Schwerte North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
29 km (18 mi) ↑ N Everswinkel North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
30 km (19 mi) → E Bad Sassendorf North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
31 km (19 mi) ↘ SE Hemer North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
32 km (20 mi) → E Möhnesee North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
32 km (20 mi) ↓ S Iserlohn North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
32 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Castrop-Rauxel North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
32 km (20 mi) ↗ NE Oelde North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
33 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Oer-Erkenschwick North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
33 km (20 mi) ↖ NW Münster North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
34 km (21 mi) ↑ N Telgte North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
35 km (22 mi) ↗ NE Wadersloh North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
35 km (21 mi) ↑ N Warendorf North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
36 km (22 mi) ← W Dülmen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
36 km (22 mi) ↓ S Herdecke North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
36 km (22 mi) ↙ SW Witten North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
38 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Recklinghausen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
38 km (24 mi) ↙ SW Herne North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
38 km (24 mi) ↘ SE Balve North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
38 km (23 mi) ↑ N Beelen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
39 km (24 mi) ↘ SE Arnsberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
39 km (24 mi) ↓ S Wetter (Ruhr) North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
39 km (24 mi) ↖ NW Nottuln North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
39 km (24 mi) ↖ NW Regierungsbezirk Münster North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
39 km (24 mi) ← W Haltern am See North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
39 km (24 mi) ↓ S Hagen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
40 km (25 mi) ↓ S Nachrodt-Wiblingwerde North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↗ NE Langenberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↗ NE Lippstadt North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↖ NW Havixbeck North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↑ N Sassenberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
41 km (25 mi) → E Erwitte North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↓ S Altena North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↙ SW Herten North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
42 km (26 mi) → E Anröchte North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Sundern North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↙ SW Bochum North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Regierungsbezirk Arnsberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
43 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Neuenrade North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
43 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Bochum-Hordel North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
43 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Hordel North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
43 km (26 mi) ↗ NE Rheda-Wiedenbrück North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
45 km (28 mi) ↘ SE Werdohl North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
45 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Marl North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
46 km (28 mi) ↗ NE Harsewinkel North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
46 km (28 mi) ↖ NW Billerbeck North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
48 km (29 mi) ↓ S Gevelsberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
48 km (30 mi) → E Warstein North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
48 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Gelsenkirchen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
49 km (31 mi) ↓ S Sprockhövel North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
49 km (30 mi) ↗ NE Rietberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
49 km (30 mi) ← W Klein Reken North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
49 km (30 mi) ↓ S Ennepetal North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
49 km (30 mi) ← W Coesfeld North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
49 km (30 mi) ↓ S Breckerfeld North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Hattingen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
50 km (31 mi) ↓ S Lüdenscheid North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
50 km (31 mi) ↓ S Schalksmühle North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
50 km (31 mi) ↗ NE Gütersloh North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
51 km (32 mi) → E Meschede North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
51 km (32 mi) → E Rüthen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
52 km (32 mi) ↓ S Schwelm North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
52 km (32 mi) ↘ SE Plettenberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
54 km (33 mi) ↘ SE Herscheid North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
55 km (34 mi) ↘ SE Eslohe North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
56 km (35 mi) ↓ S Halver North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
57 km (35 mi) → E Bestwig North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
58 km (36 mi) ↘ SE Finnentrop North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
58 km (36 mi) ↘ SE Bamenohl North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
58 km (36 mi) ↓ S Radevormwald North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
58 km (36 mi) ↗ NE Steinhagen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
60 km (37 mi) ↓ S Kierspe North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
61 km (37 mi) ↙ SW Velbert North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
61 km (38 mi) ↘ SE Attendorn North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
61 km (38 mi) ↓ S Wuppertal North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
63 km (39 mi) ↓ S Meinerzhagen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
64 km (39 mi) ↓ S Hückeswagen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
65 km (40 mi) ↘ SE Lennestadt North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
65 km (40 mi) ↙ SW Wülfrath North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
66 km (41 mi) ↘ SE Bad Fredeburg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
66 km (41 mi) ↓ S Wipperfürth North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
66 km (41 mi) ↓ S Remscheid North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
67 km (41 mi) ↓ S Marienheide North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
68 km (42 mi) ↘ SE Schmallenberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
69 km (43 mi) ↘ SE Kirchhundem North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
69 km (43 mi) ↓ S Wermelskirchen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
71 km (44 mi) ↘ SE Olpe North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
71 km (44 mi) ↓ S Solingen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
72 km (45 mi) ↓ S Gummersbach North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
72 km (44 mi) ↘ SE Drolshagen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
72 km (44 mi) ↓ S Bergneustadt North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
76 km (47 mi) ↓ S Kürten North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
76 km (47 mi) ↓ S Lindlar North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
78 km (48 mi) ↓ S Burscheid North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
78 km (48 mi) ↘ SE Wenden North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
79 km (49 mi) ↓ S Engelskirchen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
79 km (49 mi) ↘ SE Hilchenbach North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
80 km (49 mi) ↘ SE Kreuztal North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
81 km (50 mi) ↓ S Wiehl North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
82 km (51 mi) ↘ SE Bad Berleburg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
83 km (51 mi) ↘ SE Erndtebrück North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
83 km (51 mi) ↓ S Odenthal North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
85 km (53 mi) ↘ SE Friesenhagen Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
86 km (53 mi) ↘ SE Freudenberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
86 km (53 mi) ↓ S Nümbrecht North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
87 km (54 mi) ↘ SE Netphen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
87 km (54 mi) ↓ S Bergisch Gladbach North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
88 km (54 mi) ↓ S Overath North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
88 km (55 mi) ↓ S Waldbröl North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
88 km (55 mi) ↓ S Much North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
89 km (55 mi) ↓ S Morsbach North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
90 km (56 mi) ↘ SE Siegen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
91 km (56 mi) ↘ SE Niederfischbach Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
93 km (58 mi) ↓ S Ruppichteroth North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
94 km (58 mi) ↓ S Rath North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
94 km (58 mi) ↓ S Rösrath North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
94 km (59 mi) ↓ S Birken-Honigsessen Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
94 km (58 mi) ↘ SE Bad Laasphe North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
95 km (59 mi) ↘ SE Katzwinkel Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
95 km (59 mi) ↘ SE Brachbach Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
95 km (59 mi) ↓ S Höhenberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
95 km (59 mi) ↓ S Ostheim North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
95 km (59 mi) ↘ SE Mudersbach Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
96 km (59 mi) ↘ SE Kirchen Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
97 km (60 mi) ↓ S Eil North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
97 km (60 mi) ↓ S Gremberghoven North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
97 km (60 mi) ↘ SE Wallmenroth Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
98 km (61 mi) ↘ SE Scheuerfeld Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
98 km (61 mi) ↘ SE Betzdorf Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
98 km (61 mi) ↘ SE Neunkirchen North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
98 km (61 mi) ↘ SE Wilnsdorf North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
98 km (61 mi) ↓ S Fürthen Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
99 km (61 mi) ↓ S Etzbach Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
99 km (61 mi) ↘ SE Mittelhof Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
99 km (62 mi) ↘ SE Alsdorf Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
99 km (61 mi) ↓ S Wissen Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
99 km (61 mi) ↓ S Lohmar North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
99 km (61 mi) ↓ S Porz am Rhein North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
100 km (62 mi) ↓ S Hamm Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
100 km (62 mi) ↘ SE Herdorf Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
100 km (62 mi) ↓ S Wahn-Heide North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
101 km (63 mi) ↓ S Pracht Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
101 km (62 mi) ↓ S Roth Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
102 km (63 mi) ↓ S Eitorf North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
102 km (63 mi) ↓ S Breitscheidt Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
102 km (63 mi) ↘ SE Gebhardshain Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
103 km (64 mi) ↘ SE Niederdreisbach Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
103 km (64 mi) ↓ S Siegburg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
104 km (65 mi) ↘ SE Elkenroth Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
104 km (64 mi) ↓ S Hennef North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
104 km (65 mi) ↘ SE Burbach North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
104 km (64 mi) ↓ S Troisdorf North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
104 km (64 mi) ↓ S Stoßdorf North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
105 km (65 mi) ↘ SE Weitefeld Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
105 km (65 mi) ↘ SE Daaden Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
106 km (66 mi) ↓ S Sankt Augustin North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
106 km (66 mi) ↓ S Weyerbusch Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
107 km (66 mi) ↘ SE Derschen Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
107 km (66 mi) ↘ SE Friedewald Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
107 km (66 mi) ↓ S Niederkassel North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
107 km (66 mi) ↘ SE Neunkhausen Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
108 km (67 mi) ↘ SE Nauroth Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
108 km (67 mi) ↓ S Mammelzen Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
108 km (67 mi) ↘ SE Haiger Hesse 🇩🇪 Germany
109 km (68 mi) ↘ SE Müschenbach Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
109 km (68 mi) ↓ S Altenkirchen Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
110 km (68 mi) ↘ SE Nister Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
110 km (68 mi) ↘ SE Dillenburg Hesse 🇩🇪 Germany
111 km (69 mi) ↘ SE Hattert Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
112 km (69 mi) ↘ SE Hachenburg Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
113 km (70 mi) ↘ SE Breitscheid Hesse 🇩🇪 Germany
113 km (70 mi) ↓ S Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
113 km (70 mi) ↓ S Asbach Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
113 km (70 mi) ↘ SE Hof Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
114 km (71 mi) ↘ SE Bad Marienberg Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
114 km (71 mi) ↓ S Flammersfeld Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
114 km (70 mi) ↘ SE Unnau Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
115 km (71 mi) ↘ SE Langenbach bei Marienberg Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
115 km (71 mi) ↘ SE Alpenrod Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
116 km (72 mi) ↓ S Königswinter North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
116 km (72 mi) ↘ SE Mittenaar Hesse 🇩🇪 Germany
116 km (72 mi) ↘ SE Herborn Hesse 🇩🇪 Germany
117 km (73 mi) ↓ S Windhagen Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
118 km (73 mi) ↘ SE Rehe Rhineland-Palatinate 🇩🇪 Germany
119 km (74 mi) ↘ SE Merkenbach Hesse 🇩🇪 Germany
119 km (74 mi) ↓ S Bad Honnef North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany
119 km (74 mi) ↘ SE Driedorf Hesse 🇩🇪 Germany
120 km (75 mi) ↘ SE Sinn Hesse 🇩🇪 Germany
123 km (76 mi) ↓ S Wachtberg North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪 Germany

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 42 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
1 km (0 mi) ↑ N MVA Hamm Waste 14.6 MW
2 km (1 mi) ← W Gersteinwerk Gas 2004.5 MW
9 km (5 mi) ↙ SW BMKW Bergkamen Biomass 17.7 MW
9 km (5 mi) ↙ SW Bergkamen power station Coal 717.0 MW
12 km (7 mi) ↗ NE Trianel Natural Gaskraftwerk Gas 838.0 MW
15 km (9 mi) ↗ NE Westfalen Coal 1049.0 MW
19 km (11 mi) ↙ SW BMK Lünen Biomass 20.0 MW
20 km (12 mi) ↙ SW Trianel Kohlekraftwerk Lünen Coal 746.0 MW
20 km (12 mi) ↙ SW Lünen power station (KSBG) Coal 473.0 MW
24 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Dortmund Gas 26.0 MW
25 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Biomass Generator #14 Other 16.0 MW
30 km (19 mi) ↓ S AMK - Abfallentsorgungsgesellschaft des Märkischen Kreises mbH Waste 12.6 MW
31 km (19 mi) ↖ NW Heizkraftwerk Hafen Gas 100.2 MW
32 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Energiezentrale Gas 11.1 MW
33 km (20 mi) ↓ S Heizkraftwerk Hagen-Kabel Gas 230.0 MW
34 km (21 mi) ↙ SW BMHKW-RE Recklinghausen Biomass 14.0 MW
35 km (21 mi) ↓ S Koepchenwerk Hydro 153.0 MW
38 km (23 mi) ↙ SW HKW Hiltrop Gas 44.0 MW
38 km (23 mi) ↘ SE Reno De Medici Coal 19.0 MW
40 km (25 mi) ↙ SW Herne power station Coal 729.0 MW
41 km (26 mi) ↙ SW RZR Herten II Waste 29.6 MW
41 km (26 mi) ↙ SW Bochum Gas 20.7 MW
41 km (25 mi) ↓ S Biomasse-Verstromungs-Anlage Biomass 20.0 MW
43 km (27 mi) ↓ S Kraftwerk Werdohl-Elverlingsen Coal 310.0 MW
44 km (27 mi) ← W Kraftwerk III Gas 139.0 MW
44 km (27 mi) ← W Kraftwerk II Coal 296.2 MW
44 km (27 mi) ← W Chemiepark Marl power station Coal 136.0 MW
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Energiezentrum Mohn Media Gas 22.0 MW
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE KWK Gütersloh Biomass 12.1 MW
52 km (32 mi) ↘ SE Pumpspeicherwerk Rönkhausen Hydro 138.0 MW
58 km (36 mi) ↓ S Spitzenlastanlage Barmen Oil 60.0 MW
58 km (36 mi) ↓ S HKW Barmen Gas 82.0 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↓ S Wuppertal-Elberfeld power station Coal 85.0 MW
64 km (40 mi) ↓ S Müllheizkraftwerk Wuppertal Waste 30.0 MW
64 km (40 mi) ↘ SE Bigge Hydro 15.0 MW
92 km (57 mi) ↓ S HKW Merheim Gas 15.8 MW
104 km (65 mi) ↓ S Troisdorf Oberlar Solar Power Plant Solar 3.5 MW
107 km (67 mi) ↘ SE Nauroth Solar Power Plant Solar 8.5 MW
110 km (68 mi) ↘ SE Biomass Generator #8 Biomass 14.0 MW
113 km (70 mi) ↓ S Heizkraftwerk Karlstraße 2 Gas 95.0 MW
113 km (70 mi) ↓ S Heizkraftwerk Karlstraße 1 Waste 12.0 MW
117 km (73 mi) ↘ SE Driedorf Solar Power Plant Solar 5.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 8 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 2.6 earthquake that struck 5 km W of Hamm, Germany on June 17, 2004 22:03:31. These types were Oil power plants, Biomass power plants, Coal power plants, Other power plants, Solar power plants, Waste power plants, Gas 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.

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.

Oil Power

Oil-fired power plants can pose significant risks to society, people, and ecosystems in the event of a severe earthquake.

Oil Spills & Fires

One of the most immediate dangers is the risk of oil spills and fires. The shaking during an earthquake can rupture storage tanks and pipelines, leading to the release of large quantities of oil. Spilled oil can catch fire, causing explosions and further environmental damage.

Air Quality Polution

Oil fires and releases can result in the release of toxic fumes and particulate matter into the air. This can lead to poor air quality, posing health risks to nearby communities. People exposed to these pollutants may experience respiratory issues and other health problems.

Water Pollution

Spilled oil can contaminate nearby water bodies, including rivers, lakes, and groundwater. This can harm aquatic ecosystems, killing fish and other wildlife, and disrupting the food chain. Drinking water supplies may also be compromised, impacting human health.

Soil Contamination

Oil spills can saturate the soil, making it less fertile and potentially rendering it unusable for agriculture. Soil contamination can persist for years, affecting local food production.

Long-Term Environmental Damage

The environmental damage caused by oil spills and fires can persist long after the earthquake event. Cleanup efforts can be costly and challenging, and ecosystems may take years or even decades to recover fully.

To mitigate these risks, most modern oil-fired power plants follow strict regulations, safety measures, and extensive emergency response plans are in place for oil power plants located in seismically active regions. This includes robust containment systems, automatic shutdown mechanisms, and well-trained response teams.

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 2.6 Earthquake Struck 5 km W of Hamm, Germany on June 17, 2004 22:03:31
Date and Time
2004-06-17 22:03:31 (UTC)
Magnitude
2.6 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
1.0 km
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