Magnitude 2.8 Earthquake Struck Spain on October 20, 2005 09:58:11

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:27:26

On October 20, 2005 09:58:11 an earthquake with magnitude of 2.8 on the richter scale hit Spain. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 11.3 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -7.128° and latitude 42.474°. 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, 2005 09:58:11 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 Petín in Ourense, Spain, located 10 kilometers or 6 miles ↓ S of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Quiroga (Lugo, Spain) located 12 km (7 mi) ← W and Manzaneda (Ourense, Spain) located 20 km (12 mi) ↓ S of the epicenter.

In total, we found 103 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
10 km (6 mi) ↓ S Petín Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
12 km (7 mi) ← W Quiroga Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
20 km (12 mi) ↓ S Manzaneda Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
25 km (15 mi) ← W O Incio Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
26 km (16 mi) ↙ SW Castro Caldelas Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
32 km (19 mi) ← W Monforte de Lemos Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
32 km (20 mi) ↖ NW Samos Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
33 km (21 mi) ↙ SW Lobios Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Montederramo Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Sober Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
38 km (24 mi) ← W Pantón Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (25 mi) ↖ NW Sarria Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
42 km (26 mi) ↖ NW Becerreá Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (28 mi) ↖ NW Láncara Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) ↖ NW Baralla Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Maceda Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (30 mi) ← W Paradela Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Esgos Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Luintra Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (31 mi) ↙ SW Nogueira de Ramuín Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (32 mi) ↙ SW Baños de Molgas Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
54 km (33 mi) ← W Portomarín Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
54 km (34 mi) ↖ NW O Páramo Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
54 km (34 mi) ← W Chantada Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
57 km (35 mi) ↙ SW Pereiro de Aguiar Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) ↙ SW Coles Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) ↙ SW Ambía Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
59 km (36 mi) ↖ NW Ourol Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (39 mi) ↙ SW Taboadela Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) ↙ SW Ourense Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) ← W Taboada Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
63 km (39 mi) ↙ SW Allariz Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW Castroverde Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
67 km (42 mi) ↙ SW Amoeiro Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
67 km (42 mi) ← W Monterroso Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (42 mi) ↖ NW Lugo Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
70 km (43 mi) ↙ SW Toén Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
70 km (43 mi) ← W Rodeiro Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
71 km (44 mi) ← W Piñor Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ← W Dozón Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
74 km (45 mi) ↙ SW Maside Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ↙ SW O Carballiño Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ↙ SW San Amaro Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
79 km (49 mi) ↙ SW Castrelo de Miño Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (49 mi) ↙ SW Cenlle Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (49 mi) ↖ NW Outeiro de Rei Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
81 km (50 mi) ↖ NW Rábade Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
81 km (50 mi) ↙ SW Cartelle Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
82 km (51 mi) ↖ NW Friol Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ← W Lalín Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ↖ NW Mos Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (52 mi) ↙ SW Beade Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ↖ NW Meira Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ↙ SW Boborás Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↖ NW Castro de Rei Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
85 km (53 mi) ↙ SW Ribadavia Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
86 km (53 mi) ↙ SW Carballeda de Avia Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) ← W Santiso A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
88 km (54 mi) ↖ NW Begonte Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
92 km (57 mi) ↙ SW Avión Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
92 km (57 mi) ↙ SW Melón Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
94 km (58 mi) ← W Silleda Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
96 km (60 mi) ← W Sobrado A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
97 km (60 mi) ← W Arzúa A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
97 km (60 mi) ↖ NW Ríotorto Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ↖ NW Guitiriz Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ← W Boimorto A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
102 km (63 mi) ↖ NW Vilalba Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
103 km (64 mi) ↙ SW Covelo Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
103 km (64 mi) ↖ NW Abadín Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
104 km (65 mi) ← W Vilasantar A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
105 km (65 mi) ↖ NW Mondoñedo Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
105 km (65 mi) ← W Touro A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
108 km (67 mi) ↖ NW Trabada Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
110 km (68 mi) ← W Curtis A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
111 km (69 mi) ↖ NW Aranga A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
116 km (72 mi) ← W Mesia A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
117 km (73 mi) ↖ NW Irixoa A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
117 km (72 mi) ← W Cesuras A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
118 km (73 mi) ↑ N Ribadeo Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
118 km (73 mi) ↖ NW Barreiros Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
119 km (74 mi) ↖ NW Monfero A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
120 km (74 mi) ↖ NW Muras Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
120 km (75 mi) ← W Oroso A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
120 km (75 mi) ↖ NW Coirós A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
122 km (75 mi) ↖ NW Foz Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
123 km (76 mi) ↖ NW As Pontes de García Rodríguez A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
124 km (77 mi) ← W Ordes A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
125 km (77 mi) ← W Abegondo A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
126 km (78 mi) ↖ NW Betanzos A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
129 km (80 mi) ↖ NW Bergondo A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
130 km (81 mi) ← W Carral A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
130 km (81 mi) ↖ NW Miño A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
134 km (83 mi) ← W Cambre A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
134 km (83 mi) ↖ NW Sada A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
136 km (84 mi) ↖ NW Fene A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
136 km (85 mi) ← W Culleredo A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
136 km (84 mi) ↖ NW Oleiros A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
139 km (86 mi) ↖ NW Ares A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
139 km (86 mi) ↖ NW Moeche A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
142 km (88 mi) ↖ NW Mugardos A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
143 km (89 mi) ↖ NW Ferrol A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
143 km (89 mi) ↖ NW Narón A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 55 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
11 km (7 mi) ↓ S PUENTE BIBEY 4 Hydro 312.41 MW
12 km (7 mi) ← W MONTEFURADO 3 Hydro 44.29 MW
14 km (8 mi) ↓ S PONTENOVO 1 Hydro 25.77 MW
24 km (15 mi) ↖ NW PARQUE EOLICO SAN XOAN Wind 15.84 MW
32 km (20 mi) ↓ S P.E. PENA ARMADA Wind 20.7 MW
32 km (20 mi) ↓ S P.E. PENA DA CRUZ Wind 22.95 MW
32 km (20 mi) ↓ S P.E. SERRA DO BURGO Y AMPLIACION(11050 KW 31/5/05) Wind 27.2 MW
32 km (20 mi) ↓ S P.E. MONTE ESQUINZA - SAN CRISTOBAL Wind 15.75 MW
33 km (21 mi) ↙ SW LAS CONCHAS GRUPO 1 Hydro 49.38 MW
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW RAMIRO II Wind 49.5 MW
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW REGUEIRO GRUPO 2 Hydro 28.64 MW
41 km (25 mi) ↖ NW P.E. SERRA DO PARAMO Wind 20.0 MW
42 km (26 mi) ↖ NW HORTA MEDIO AMBIENTE Waste 14.94 MW
43 km (27 mi) ↙ SW San Esteban II Grupo 1 Hydro 438.45 MW
48 km (30 mi) ↙ SW LOS PEARES GRUPO 2 Hydro 181.02 MW
50 km (31 mi) ← W BELESAR GRUPO 2 Hydro 331.01 MW
51 km (31 mi) ↙ SW SAN PEDRO 2 Hydro 34.36 MW
51 km (31 mi) ↙ SW P. E. SAN ESTEBAN FASE I Wind 66.47 MW
52 km (32 mi) ↙ SW P.E. CARBALLEIRA Wind 24.42 MW
54 km (34 mi) ← W P.E. CHANTADA Wind 48.0 MW
54 km (34 mi) ← W P.E. PEDRA CHANTADA Wind 21.78 MW
55 km (34 mi) ↑ N P.E. BULLANA Wind 38.0 MW
60 km (37 mi) ↙ SW VELLE GRUPO 2 Hydro 86.48 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↙ SW TORAN Hydro 13.12 MW
65 km (40 mi) ← W P.E. MONTE CABEZA Wind 36.8 MW
69 km (43 mi) ← W P.E. RIOBOO Wind 20.8 MW
72 km (45 mi) ← W SNIACE Gas 93.0 MW
83 km (51 mi) ← W P.E. MONTE CARRIO (ANTES MONTE CASTELO) Wind 31.45 MW
83 km (51 mi) ↖ NW P.E. SERRA DE MEIRA Wind 49.3 MW
83 km (51 mi) ↙ SW ALBARELLOS GRUPO 1 Hydro 67.6 MW
83 km (51 mi) ↙ SW CASTRELO GRUPO 1 Hydro 135.59 MW
90 km (56 mi) ↙ SW PORTO GR 1 Hydro 17.6 MW
94 km (58 mi) ← W PARQUE EOLICO COUTO DE SAN SEBASTIAN Wind 18.0 MW
99 km (61 mi) ↖ NW PAPELERA ROMANI Oil 18.801 MW
102 km (63 mi) ↖ NW PARQUE EOLICO A CARBA Wind 19.5 MW
102 km (63 mi) ↖ NW P. E. DE MONTOUTO Wind 20.46 MW
103 km (64 mi) ↖ NW P.E. FARRAPA I Wind 20.0 MW
103 km (64 mi) ↖ NW P.E. ALABE-TERRAL Wind 27.0 MW
103 km (64 mi) ↖ NW P.E. ALABE-MONTEMAYOR SUR Wind 12.75 MW
105 km (65 mi) ↙ SW P.E. TEA Wind 48.1 MW
107 km (66 mi) ↙ SW P. E. MONTE SEIXO-CANDO Wind 34.98 MW
107 km (66 mi) ↙ SW P. E. SERRA DO CANDO Wind 29.23 MW
111 km (69 mi) ↖ NW MANDEO-ZARZO Hydro 25.6 MW
113 km (70 mi) ↖ NW SANTIAGO-JARES 2 Hydro 53.15 MW
113 km (70 mi) ↖ NW P. E. SERRA DA LOBA Wind 36.0 MW
119 km (74 mi) ↖ NW P. E. AMPLIACION SERRA DA LOBA (PENA REVOLTA) Wind 10.0 MW
120 km (74 mi) ↖ NW PARQUE EOLICO MURAS II Wind 24.42 MW
120 km (74 mi) ↖ NW P.E. LEBOREIRO Wind 21.12 MW
123 km (76 mi) ↖ NW CTCC AS PONTES GRUPO 5 Gas 855.67 MW
130 km (81 mi) ↖ NW EUME GR 1 Hydro 54.4 MW
130 km (80 mi) ← W MEIRAMA GRUPO 1 Coal 557.2 MW
133 km (82 mi) ← W P.E. DE CASTELO Wind 16.5 MW
134 km (83 mi) ↖ NW P.E. DE MONTE DA SERRA Wind 14.4 MW
134 km (83 mi) ↖ NW P.E. DE MONTE MARBAN Wind 11.4 MW
142 km (88 mi) ↖ NW FORESTAL DEL ATLANTICO Oil 24.8 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 6 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 2.8 earthquake that struck Spain on October 20, 2005 09:58:11. These types were Oil power plants, Wind power plants, Hydro power plants, Coal power plants, Waste power plants, Gas 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.

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.

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.

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 Spain on October 20, 2005 09:58:11
Date and Time
2005-10-20 09:58:11 (UTC)
Magnitude
2.8 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
11.3 km
Reports
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