Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Struck 3 km W of Wittorf, Germany on October 20, 2004 06:59:14

Last Updated: 2020-09-18 20:07:11

On October 20, 2004 06:59:14 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.5 on the richter scale hit 3 km W of Wittorf, Germany. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 5.5 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 9.467Β° and latitude 53.011Β°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on October 20, 2004 06:59:14 had a magnitude of 4.5 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 Kirchwalsede in Lower Saxony, Germany, located 4 kilometers or 2 miles ← W of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Bothel (Lower Saxony, Germany) located 6 km (4 mi) ↑ N and Buchholz (Lower Saxony, Germany) located 6 km (3 mi) β†’ E of the epicenter.

In total, we found 252 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
4 km (2 mi) ← W Kirchwalsede Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
6 km (4 mi) ↑ N Bothel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
6 km (3 mi) β†’ E Buchholz Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
8 km (5 mi) β†’ E VisselhΓΆvede Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
8 km (5 mi) ↑ N HemsbΓΌnde Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
10 km (6 mi) ↑ N Brockel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
11 km (7 mi) β†– NW Rotenburg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
11 km (7 mi) ← W Ahausen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
11 km (7 mi) β†— NE Hemslingen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
12 km (7 mi) ↙ SW Kirchlinteln Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
16 km (10 mi) ← W Hellwege Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
16 km (10 mi) β†– NW BΓΆtersen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
17 km (10 mi) ↑ N Scheeßel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
17 km (10 mi) ← W Hassendorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
17 km (10 mi) β†˜ SE Bomlitz Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
18 km (11 mi) β†˜ SE Walsrode Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
18 km (11 mi) ↙ SW Verden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
19 km (12 mi) ← W Sottrum Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
19 km (11 mi) ↙ SW Langwedel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
21 km (13 mi) ← W Reeßum Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
22 km (13 mi) ↑ N Fintel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
22 km (13 mi) β†˜ SE Bad Fallingbostel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
22 km (13 mi) ↑ N LauenbrΓΌck Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
23 km (14 mi) ↓ S DΓΆrverden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
24 km (15 mi) ← W Ottersberg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
24 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Blender Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
24 km (15 mi) β†— NE Schneverdingen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
24 km (15 mi) β†– NW Gyhum Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
24 km (15 mi) β†– NW Horstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
25 km (15 mi) ↓ S Rethem Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
25 km (15 mi) β†’ E Soltau Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
26 km (16 mi) ↙ SW Morsum Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
26 km (16 mi) ↙ SW Ahsen-Oetzen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
26 km (16 mi) ↙ SW Hilgermissen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
26 km (16 mi) β†– NW Elsdorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
28 km (17 mi) ← W Vorwerk Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
28 km (17 mi) β†˜ SE Hodenhagen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
28 km (17 mi) β†˜ SE Ahlden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
29 km (18 mi) ← W Achim Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
29 km (18 mi) ↑ N Sittensen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
30 km (19 mi) ↓ S Eystrup Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
30 km (18 mi) ← W Oyten Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
30 km (18 mi) ↙ SW Thedinghausen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
31 km (19 mi) ↑ N Otter Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
31 km (19 mi) ↑ N Wistedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
31 km (19 mi) ↙ SW Martfeld Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
31 km (19 mi) ↓ S Hoya Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
32 km (20 mi) ↙ SW Schwarme Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
32 km (19 mi) ← W Wilstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
33 km (21 mi) β†– NW Kirchtimke Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
33 km (21 mi) ↑ N Welle Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
34 km (21 mi) ↙ SW Emtinghausen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
34 km (21 mi) β†– NW Zeven Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
34 km (21 mi) ↓ S Haßbergen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
34 km (21 mi) ↑ N Tostedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
34 km (21 mi) ↙ SW Riede Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
34 km (21 mi) ↓ S BΓΌcken Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
35 km (21 mi) β†– NW Heeslingen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
35 km (21 mi) ← W Tarmstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
35 km (22 mi) β†˜ SE Gilten Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
36 km (22 mi) ↑ N Handeloh Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
36 km (22 mi) ↑ N Heidenau Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
36 km (22 mi) ↓ S RΓΆhrsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
37 km (23 mi) ← W Grasberg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
37 km (23 mi) β†– NW Hepstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Bruchhausen-Vilsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
37 km (23 mi) β†˜ SE Essel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
37 km (23 mi) ↓ S Heemsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
38 km (23 mi) β†˜ SE Schwarmstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
38 km (23 mi) ↓ S Balge Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
38 km (23 mi) ↑ N Kakenstorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
39 km (24 mi) ↓ S Drakenburg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
39 km (24 mi) ↓ S Steimbke Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
40 km (24 mi) ↙ SW SΓΌstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
40 km (25 mi) β†– NW Breddorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
40 km (25 mi) ← W Lilienthal Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
40 km (25 mi) ↙ SW Asendorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
41 km (25 mi) ↓ S Wietzen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↑ N Hollenstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) β†– NW Rhade Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↑ N Wenzendorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) ← W Worpswede Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↓ S StΓΆckse Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
42 km (26 mi) ↑ N Sauensiek Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
43 km (27 mi) ↓ S Nienburg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
43 km (27 mi) β†– NW Selsingen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
43 km (26 mi) β†– NW Ahlerstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
43 km (27 mi) ↓ S Marklohe Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
43 km (26 mi) ↑ N Regesbostel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
44 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Syke Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
44 km (27 mi) ← W Bremen Bremen πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
44 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Engeln Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
46 km (28 mi) ↑ N Beckdorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
46 km (28 mi) ↑ N Moisburg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
46 km (28 mi) ↑ N Appel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
47 km (29 mi) β†˜ SE Wietze Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
47 km (29 mi) β†˜ SE Lindwedel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
48 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Sudwalde Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
48 km (29 mi) ↑ N Apensen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
48 km (29 mi) ← W Stuhr Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
49 km (30 mi) ↓ S Binnen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
50 km (31 mi) ← W Osterholz-Scharmbeck Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
50 km (31 mi) ↓ S Borstel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
50 km (31 mi) ↓ S Pennigsehl Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
50 km (31 mi) ↙ SW Siedenburg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
51 km (31 mi) ← W Vollersode Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
51 km (32 mi) ↓ S Estorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
51 km (32 mi) ↓ S Liebenau Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
51 km (31 mi) ↙ SW Mellinghausen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
51 km (32 mi) β†– NW Gnarrenburg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
51 km (32 mi) ↓ S Husum Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
52 km (32 mi) ↙ SW Kirchseelte Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
52 km (32 mi) ↙ SW Bassum Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
52 km (32 mi) ↙ SW SchwafΓΆrden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
52 km (32 mi) ← W Ritterhude Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
54 km (34 mi) ← W Burglesum Bremen πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
54 km (33 mi) ← W Hambergen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
55 km (34 mi) ↓ S Landesbergen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
55 km (34 mi) ↙ SW Hassel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
56 km (34 mi) ↓ S Neustadt am RΓΌbenberge Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
56 km (34 mi) ← W Delmenhorst Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
56 km (34 mi) ↙ SW DΓΌnsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
57 km (35 mi) ↓ S Steyerberg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
57 km (35 mi) ↙ SW Groß Ippener Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
57 km (35 mi) ↙ SW Sulingen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
59 km (37 mi) ↙ SW Harpstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
59 km (36 mi) ← W Lemwerder Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
59 km (36 mi) ↙ SW Ehrenburg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
59 km (37 mi) ← W Axstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
59 km (36 mi) ← W Vegesack Bremen πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
60 km (37 mi) ↙ SW Twistringen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
61 km (38 mi) ↓ S Stolzenau Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
61 km (38 mi) ↓ S Leese Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
62 km (38 mi) ← W Ganderkesee Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
62 km (38 mi) ↙ SW Barenburg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
62 km (39 mi) ← W Schwanewede Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
62 km (39 mi) ↓ S Kirchdorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
62 km (39 mi) ↓ S Rehburg-Loccum Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
63 km (39 mi) β†– NW Beverstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
63 km (39 mi) ← W Bokel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
63 km (39 mi) ← W WulsbΓΌttel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
64 km (40 mi) ↓ S Hagenburg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
65 km (40 mi) ↙ SW Varrel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
65 km (40 mi) β†˜ SE Garbsen-Mitte Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
65 km (40 mi) β†˜ SE Langenhagen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
65 km (40 mi) β†˜ SE Isernhagen Farster Bauerschaft Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
65 km (40 mi) ↓ S Wunstorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
65 km (40 mi) ← W Bramstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
66 km (41 mi) β†˜ SE Garbsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
66 km (41 mi) β†˜ SE Auf der Horst Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
66 km (41 mi) ↓ S Bahrenborstel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
67 km (41 mi) ← W Hagen im Bremischen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
67 km (42 mi) ↓ S WΓΆlpinghausen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
67 km (41 mi) β†– NW Lunestedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
67 km (41 mi) ↙ SW Drentwede Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
67 km (42 mi) ← W Hude Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
67 km (42 mi) ← W Uthlede Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
68 km (42 mi) ↓ S Uchte Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
68 km (42 mi) β†˜ SE Seelze Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
69 km (42 mi) ↓ S Auhagen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
69 km (43 mi) ↓ S Sachsenhagen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
70 km (44 mi) ↓ S Raddestorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
70 km (43 mi) ↓ S Haste Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
71 km (44 mi) ← W Elsfleth Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
71 km (44 mi) ↓ S Hohnhorst Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
71 km (44 mi) ↙ SW Eydelstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
71 km (44 mi) β†˜ SE Groß Munzel Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
72 km (45 mi) ↙ SW Barnstorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
72 km (44 mi) ↓ S Pollhagen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
73 km (45 mi) ↓ S Lindhorst Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
73 km (45 mi) ↙ SW Barver Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
73 km (45 mi) ↓ S LΓΌdersfeld Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
73 km (45 mi) ↓ S Wiedensahl Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
73 km (45 mi) β†˜ SE Hannover Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
73 km (45 mi) ← W Sandstedt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
74 km (46 mi) ↓ S Warmsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
74 km (46 mi) ↓ S Beckedorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
74 km (46 mi) ← W Brake (Unterweser) Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
74 km (46 mi) ↓ S Lauenhagen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
75 km (46 mi) β†˜ SE Großgoltern Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
75 km (46 mi) ↓ S Bad Nenndorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
76 km (47 mi) ↓ S NiedernwΓΆhren Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
76 km (47 mi) ↓ S Heuerßen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
77 km (48 mi) β†˜ SE Ronnenberg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
77 km (48 mi) ↓ S Meerbeck Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
78 km (48 mi) β†˜ SE Gehrden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
78 km (48 mi) ↓ S Petershagen North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
78 km (48 mi) ↙ SW Wagenfeld Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
78 km (48 mi) ↓ S Stadthagen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
78 km (48 mi) ↓ S Rodenberg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
79 km (49 mi) ↓ S Hespe Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
79 km (49 mi) ↓ S Barsinghausen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
79 km (49 mi) β†˜ SE Hemmingen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
79 km (49 mi) ↙ SW Rehden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
80 km (50 mi) β†˜ SE Laatzen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
80 km (50 mi) ↓ S Apelern Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
80 km (50 mi) β†˜ SE Egestorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
81 km (50 mi) ↙ SW Wetschen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
81 km (50 mi) ↓ S Helpsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
82 km (51 mi) ↓ S Lauenau Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
82 km (51 mi) ↓ S Seggebruch Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
82 km (51 mi) ↓ S NienstΓ€dt Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
82 km (51 mi) β†˜ SE Wennigsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
84 km (52 mi) ↓ S HΓΌlsede Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
85 km (52 mi) ↓ S Obernkirchen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
85 km (53 mi) β†˜ SE Pattensen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
86 km (53 mi) ↓ S Rahden North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
87 km (54 mi) ↓ S Ahnsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
88 km (54 mi) ↓ S Minden North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
88 km (54 mi) ↓ S BΓΌckeburg Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
89 km (55 mi) ↓ S Bad Eilsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
89 km (55 mi) ↓ S Hille North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
89 km (55 mi) β†˜ SE Springe Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
90 km (56 mi) ↓ S Luhden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
90 km (56 mi) ↓ S Espelkamp North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
90 km (56 mi) ↓ S Heeßen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
90 km (56 mi) ↓ S Bad MΓΌnder am Deister Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
94 km (58 mi) ↓ S Hessisch Oldendorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
94 km (58 mi) ↓ S Porta Westfalica North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
95 km (59 mi) ↓ S Rinteln Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
96 km (60 mi) β†˜ SE Nordstemmen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
97 km (60 mi) ↓ S HΓΌllhorst North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
97 km (60 mi) ↓ S LΓΌbbecke North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
97 km (60 mi) β†˜ SE Heyersum Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
99 km (62 mi) ↓ S Bad Oeynhausen North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
99 km (61 mi) β†˜ SE CoppenbrΓΌgge Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
100 km (62 mi) β†˜ SE Elze Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
101 km (63 mi) ↓ S Bad Holzhausen North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
101 km (62 mi) ↓ S Hameln Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
102 km (63 mi) ↓ S Preußisch Oldendorf North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
102 km (63 mi) β†˜ SE Betheln Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
102 km (63 mi) ↓ S Vlotho North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
103 km (64 mi) ↓ S Obernbeck North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
105 km (65 mi) ↓ S LΓΆhne North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
105 km (65 mi) β†˜ SE Eime Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
105 km (65 mi) β†˜ SE Salzhemmendorf Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
105 km (65 mi) β†˜ SE Gronau Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
106 km (66 mi) β†˜ SE Heinsen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
106 km (66 mi) β†˜ SE Banteln Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
106 km (66 mi) ↓ S Kirchlengern North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
107 km (67 mi) ↓ S Aerzen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
107 km (66 mi) ↓ S RΓΆdinghausen North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
108 km (67 mi) ↓ S BΓΌnde North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
108 km (67 mi) β†˜ SE Rheden Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
109 km (68 mi) β†˜ SE BrΓΌggen Lower Saxony πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
110 km (68 mi) ↓ S Hiddenhausen North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
112 km (69 mi) ↓ S DΓΆrentrup North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
113 km (70 mi) ↓ S Herford North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
113 km (70 mi) ↓ S Bad Salzuflen North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
114 km (71 mi) ↓ S Enger North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
117 km (72 mi) ↓ S Spenge North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
125 km (78 mi) ↓ S Bielefeld North Rhine-Westphalia πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 19 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
17 km (10 mi) β†˜ SE Heizkraftwerk Bomlitz Gas 22.1 MW
40 km (24 mi) ← W Hastedt power station Coal 119.0 MW
40 km (25 mi) ← W Weserkraftwerk Bremen Hydro 9.9 MW
44 km (27 mi) ← W MHKW Waste 44.0 MW
50 km (31 mi) ← W KW Hafen Waste 33.0 MW
50 km (31 mi) ← W Hafen power station Coal 427.0 MW
53 km (33 mi) ← W KW MittelsbΓΌren Oil 198.0 MW
53 km (33 mi) ↓ S Landesbergen Biomasse Biomass 20.0 MW
66 km (41 mi) ↓ S Sigmundshall Gas 19.0 MW
66 km (41 mi) ← W Bremen-Farge power station Coal 350.0 MW
66 km (41 mi) β†˜ SE GKH Hannover power station Coal 272.0 MW
72 km (45 mi) β†˜ SE GKL Gas 230.0 MW
73 km (45 mi) β†˜ SE KWH Gas 102.0 MW
76 km (47 mi) ↓ S Heyden power station Coal 875.0 MW
101 km (63 mi) ↓ S Enertec Hameln Waste 31.5 MW
106 km (66 mi) ↓ S KW Kirchlengern Gas 201.5 MW
108 km (67 mi) ↓ S Grohnde Nuclear 1360.0 MW
122 km (76 mi) ↓ S MVA Bielefeld Waste 34.0 MW
125 km (78 mi) ↓ S GuD Kraftwerk Hillegossen Gas 37.5 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 7 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.5 earthquake that struck 3 km W of Wittorf, Germany on October 20, 2004 06:59:14. These types were Gas power plants, Coal power plants, Oil power plants, Waste power plants, Hydro power plants, Biomass power plants, Nuclear 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.

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.

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 4.5 Earthquake Struck 3 km W of Wittorf, Germany on October 20, 2004 06:59:14
Date and Time
2004-10-20 06:59:14 (UTC)
Magnitude
4.5 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
5.5 km
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