Magnitude 2.2 Earthquake Struck 7 km WSW of Becerreá, Spain on January 20, 2008 21:37:40

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:34:44

On January 20, 2008 21:37:40 an earthquake with magnitude of 2.2 on the richter scale hit 7 km WSW of Becerreá, Spain. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 5.5 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -7.241° and latitude 42.821°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on January 20, 2008 21:37:40 had a magnitude of 2.2 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 Baralla in Lugo, Spain, located 7 kilometers or 4 miles ↖ NW of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Becerreá (Lugo, Spain) located 7 km (4 mi) ↗ NE and Láncara (Lugo, Spain) located 9 km (5 mi) ← W 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
7 km (4 mi) ↖ NW Baralla Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
7 km (4 mi) ↗ NE Becerreá Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
9 km (5 mi) ← W Láncara Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
12 km (7 mi) ↓ S Samos Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
14 km (9 mi) ↙ SW Sarria Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
15 km (9 mi) ↖ NW O Páramo Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
22 km (14 mi) ↓ S O Incio Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
24 km (15 mi) ↖ NW Castroverde Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
27 km (16 mi) ↙ SW Paradela Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
30 km (19 mi) ↙ SW Portomarín Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
30 km (19 mi) ← W Ourol Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
33 km (20 mi) ← W Lugo Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
38 km (23 mi) ↓ S Quiroga Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
40 km (24 mi) ↓ S Monforte de Lemos Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (27 mi) ↖ NW Meira Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (27 mi) ↖ NW Outeiro de Rei Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) ↖ NW Rábade Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) ↓ S Pantón Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (27 mi) ↖ NW Castro de Rei Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (27 mi) ↖ NW Mos Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Monterroso Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (30 mi) ↓ S Sober Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↘ SE Petín Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Chantada Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW Taboada Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) ← W Friol Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (32 mi) ↓ S Castro Caldelas Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (32 mi) ↓ S Lobios Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (32 mi) ↖ NW Begonte Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
56 km (35 mi) ↘ SE Manzaneda Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) ↑ N Ríotorto Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) ↓ S Luintra Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
61 km (38 mi) ↙ SW Rodeiro Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
61 km (38 mi) ↓ S Nogueira de Ramuín Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW Vilalba Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW Abadín Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
64 km (39 mi) ↓ S Montederramo Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
65 km (40 mi) ↖ NW Mondoñedo Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
66 km (41 mi) ↓ S Esgos Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
66 km (41 mi) ← W Santiso A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
66 km (41 mi) ← W Guitiriz Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
67 km (41 mi) ↙ SW Coles Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) ↙ SW Dozón Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) ← W Sobrado A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (43 mi) ↓ S Maceda Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (43 mi) ↓ S Pereiro de Aguiar Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (43 mi) ↑ N Trabada Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
71 km (44 mi) ↙ SW Piñor Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ↓ S Baños de Molgas Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ↙ SW Lalín Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ↙ SW Amoeiro Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
74 km (46 mi) ↓ S Ourense Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (46 mi) ← W Boimorto A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (46 mi) ← W Arzúa A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
76 km (47 mi) ← W Vilasantar A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ← W Aranga A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ↙ SW Maside Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
79 km (49 mi) ↑ N Barreiros Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
79 km (49 mi) ↓ S Ambía Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (49 mi) ↓ S Taboadela Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (50 mi) ↙ SW Toén Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
81 km (50 mi) ↑ N Ribadeo Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
81 km (50 mi) ↙ SW O Carballiño Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
81 km (50 mi) ↖ NW Muras Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
81 km (50 mi) ← W Curtis A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (52 mi) ↓ S Allariz Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ↙ SW Silleda Pontevedra 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ↖ NW Foz Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ← W Monfero A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↙ SW San Amaro Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ← W Irixoa A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
85 km (53 mi) ↖ NW As Pontes de García Rodríguez A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
85 km (53 mi) ↙ SW Boborás Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) ← W Touro A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) ↙ SW Cenlle Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) ← W Cesuras A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ← W Coirós A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ← W Mesia A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ↙ SW Castrelo de Miño Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
90 km (56 mi) ↙ SW Beade Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
92 km (57 mi) ↙ SW Cartelle Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
93 km (58 mi) ↙ SW Carballeda de Avia Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
94 km (58 mi) ← W Betanzos A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
94 km (58 mi) ↙ SW Ribadavia Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↙ SW Avión Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ← W Abegondo A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
97 km (60 mi) ← W Miño A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
97 km (60 mi) ← W Bergondo A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
98 km (61 mi) ← W Oroso A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
99 km (61 mi) ← W Ordes A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
101 km (62 mi) ↙ SW Melón Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
101 km (63 mi) ← W Fene A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
101 km (62 mi) ← W Carral A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
101 km (63 mi) ← W Sada A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
102 km (63 mi) ↖ NW Moeche A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
104 km (64 mi) ← W Cambre A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
104 km (64 mi) ← W Oleiros A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
105 km (65 mi) ← W Ares A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
106 km (66 mi) ← W Culleredo A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
108 km (67 mi) ← W Mugardos A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
108 km (67 mi) ← W Ferrol A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
108 km (67 mi) ← W Narón A Coruña 🇪🇸 Spain
111 km (69 mi) ↙ SW Covelo Pontevedra 🇪🇸 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
7 km (4 mi) ↗ NE HORTA MEDIO AMBIENTE Waste 14.94 MW
14 km (9 mi) ↙ SW P.E. SERRA DO PARAMO Wind 20.0 MW
15 km (9 mi) ↘ SE PARQUE EOLICO SAN XOAN Wind 15.84 MW
20 km (12 mi) ↑ N P.E. BULLANA Wind 38.0 MW
38 km (23 mi) ↓ S MONTEFURADO 3 Hydro 44.29 MW
43 km (27 mi) ↖ NW P.E. SERRA DE MEIRA Wind 49.3 MW
44 km (27 mi) ↙ SW BELESAR GRUPO 2 Hydro 331.01 MW
47 km (29 mi) ↘ SE PUENTE BIBEY 4 Hydro 312.41 MW
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW P.E. CHANTADA Wind 48.0 MW
49 km (30 mi) ↘ SE PONTENOVO 1 Hydro 25.77 MW
49 km (30 mi) ↙ SW P.E. PEDRA CHANTADA Wind 21.78 MW
51 km (32 mi) ↓ S LAS CONCHAS GRUPO 1 Hydro 49.38 MW
55 km (34 mi) ↙ SW P.E. MONTE CABEZA Wind 36.8 MW
55 km (34 mi) ↓ S REGUEIRO GRUPO 2 Hydro 28.64 MW
55 km (34 mi) ↓ S RAMIRO II Wind 49.5 MW
56 km (34 mi) ↓ S LOS PEARES GRUPO 2 Hydro 181.02 MW
56 km (35 mi) ↓ S San Esteban II Grupo 1 Hydro 438.45 MW
60 km (37 mi) ↖ NW PAPELERA ROMANI Oil 18.801 MW
61 km (38 mi) ↙ SW P.E. RIOBOO Wind 20.8 MW
61 km (38 mi) ↓ S P. E. SAN ESTEBAN FASE I Wind 66.47 MW
61 km (38 mi) ↓ S SAN PEDRO 2 Hydro 34.36 MW
62 km (38 mi) ↓ S P.E. CARBALLEIRA Wind 24.42 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW P.E. FARRAPA I Wind 20.0 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW P.E. ALABE-TERRAL Wind 27.0 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW P.E. ALABE-MONTEMAYOR SUR Wind 12.75 MW
64 km (40 mi) ↓ S P.E. PENA ARMADA Wind 20.7 MW
64 km (40 mi) ↓ S P.E. PENA DA CRUZ Wind 22.95 MW
64 km (39 mi) ↖ NW PARQUE EOLICO A CARBA Wind 19.5 MW
64 km (39 mi) ↖ NW P. E. DE MONTOUTO Wind 20.46 MW
64 km (40 mi) ↓ S P.E. SERRA DO BURGO Y AMPLIACION(11050 KW 31/5/05) Wind 27.2 MW
64 km (40 mi) ↓ S P.E. MONTE ESQUINZA - SAN CRISTOBAL Wind 15.75 MW
70 km (43 mi) ↙ SW SNIACE Gas 93.0 MW
71 km (44 mi) ↓ S VELLE GRUPO 2 Hydro 86.48 MW
73 km (45 mi) ↙ SW P.E. MONTE CARRIO (ANTES MONTE CASTELO) Wind 31.45 MW
74 km (46 mi) ↖ NW SANTIAGO-JARES 2 Hydro 53.15 MW
77 km (48 mi) ↖ NW P. E. SERRA DA LOBA Wind 36.0 MW
78 km (48 mi) ← W MANDEO-ZARZO Hydro 25.6 MW
81 km (50 mi) ↖ NW PARQUE EOLICO MURAS II Wind 24.42 MW
81 km (50 mi) ↓ S TORAN Hydro 13.12 MW
81 km (50 mi) ↖ NW P.E. LEBOREIRO Wind 21.12 MW
83 km (51 mi) ↙ SW PARQUE EOLICO COUTO DE SAN SEBASTIAN Wind 18.0 MW
84 km (52 mi) ← W P. E. AMPLIACION SERRA DA LOBA (PENA REVOLTA) Wind 10.0 MW
85 km (53 mi) ↙ SW ALBARELLOS GRUPO 1 Hydro 67.6 MW
85 km (53 mi) ↖ NW CTCC AS PONTES GRUPO 5 Gas 855.67 MW
92 km (57 mi) ↙ SW CASTRELO GRUPO 1 Hydro 135.59 MW
95 km (59 mi) ↖ NW EUME GR 1 Hydro 54.4 MW
97 km (60 mi) ↖ NW P.E. DE MONTE MARBAN Wind 11.4 MW
97 km (60 mi) ↙ SW PORTO GR 1 Hydro 17.6 MW
97 km (60 mi) ↖ NW P.E. DE MONTE DA SERRA Wind 14.4 MW
102 km (63 mi) ← W MEIRAMA GRUPO 1 Coal 557.2 MW
103 km (64 mi) ← W P.E. DE CASTELO Wind 16.5 MW
108 km (67 mi) ← W FORESTAL DEL ATLANTICO Oil 24.8 MW
108 km (67 mi) ↙ SW P. E. MONTE SEIXO-CANDO Wind 34.98 MW
108 km (67 mi) ↙ SW P. E. SERRA DO CANDO Wind 29.23 MW
114 km (70 mi) ↙ SW P.E. TEA Wind 48.1 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 6 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 2.2 earthquake that struck 7 km WSW of Becerreá, Spain on January 20, 2008 21:37:40. 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 2.2 Earthquake Struck 7 km WSW of Becerreá, Spain on January 20, 2008 21:37:40
Date and Time
2008-01-20 21:37:40 (UTC)
Magnitude
2.2 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
5.5 km
Reports
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