Magnitude 2.7 Earthquake Struck 10 km W of Encinedo, Spain on May 18, 2008 12:04:49

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:36:02

On May 18, 2008 12:04:49 an earthquake with magnitude of 2.7 on the richter scale hit 10 km W of Encinedo, Spain. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 20.8 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -6.725° and latitude 42.272°. 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 18, 2008 12:04:49 had a magnitude of 2.7 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 Encinedo in Léon, Spain, located 10 kilometers or 6 miles → E of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Benuza (Léon, Spain) located 14 km (8 mi) ↑ N and Castrillo de Cabrera (Léon, Spain) located 16 km (10 mi) ↗ NE of the epicenter.

In total, we found 108 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
10 km (6 mi) → E Encinedo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
14 km (8 mi) ↑ N Benuza Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
16 km (10 mi) ↗ NE Castrillo de Cabrera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
17 km (10 mi) ↖ NW Puente de Domingo Flórez Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
23 km (14 mi) → E Truchas Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
24 km (15 mi) ↖ NW Carucedo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
24 km (15 mi) ↑ N Borrenes Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
26 km (16 mi) ↑ N Priaranza del Bierzo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
27 km (16 mi) ← W O Barco de Valdeorras Ourense 🇪🇸 Spain
29 km (18 mi) ↖ NW Sobrado Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
31 km (19 mi) ↖ NW Carracedelo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
32 km (20 mi) ↑ N Ponferrada Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) ↖ NW Villadecanes Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) ↑ N Molinaseca Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) ↑ N Camponaraya Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) ↖ NW Corullón Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
36 km (22 mi) ↖ NW Oencia Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
36 km (22 mi) ↑ N Cacabelos Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
37 km (23 mi) ↖ NW Villafranca del Bierzo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
40 km (24 mi) ↑ N Castropodame Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (26 mi) ↑ N Congosto Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (25 mi) ↑ N Cubillos del Sil Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (25 mi) ↑ N Arganza Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (25 mi) ↗ NE Luyego Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (27 mi) ↖ NW Trabadelo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (26 mi) ↖ NW Barjas Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (27 mi) ↗ NE Santa Colomba de Somoza Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
44 km (27 mi) ↑ N Sancedo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (28 mi) ↖ NW Vega de Valcarce Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (28 mi) ↑ N Bembibre Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) ↑ N Torre del Bierzo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (30 mi) ↗ NE Castrillo de la Valduerna Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) ↑ N Toreno Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) ↑ N Vega de Espinareda Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) ↖ NW Balboa Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (32 mi) ↑ N Berlanga del Bierzo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Brazuelo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Val de San Lorenzo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Santiago Millas Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Destriana Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↑ N Folgoso de la Ribera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
55 km (34 mi) ↑ N Fabero Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
56 km (35 mi) → E Quintana y Congosto Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) ↗ NE Astorga Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
59 km (36 mi) ↗ NE Valderrey Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) ↗ NE Villaobispo de Otero Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) ↖ NW Candín Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) ↗ NE Villamontán de la Valduerna Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
61 km (38 mi) ↗ NE Villagatón Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
61 km (38 mi) ↗ NE Magaz de Cepeda Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
61 km (38 mi) → E Castrocalbón Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
61 km (38 mi) ↗ NE San Justo de la Vega Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) ↗ NE Riego de la Vega Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) ↑ N Igüeña Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
64 km (39 mi) ↑ N Páramo del Sil Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
64 km (40 mi) ↗ NE Palacios de la Valduerna Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
65 km (40 mi) ↗ NE Villamejil Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
66 km (41 mi) ↗ NE Santa María de la Isla Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
67 km (42 mi) ↑ N Peranzanes Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) → E Santa Elena de Jamuz Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) ↗ NE La Bañeza Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) ↗ NE San Cristóbal de la Polantera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (43 mi) ↗ NE Soto de la Vega Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
70 km (43 mi) ↗ NE Villarejo de Órbigo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
70 km (43 mi) ↗ NE Villares de Órbigo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
70 km (43 mi) ↗ NE Quintana del Castillo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
71 km (44 mi) ↗ NE Regueras de Arriba Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
71 km (44 mi) ↑ N Palacios del Sil Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
72 km (44 mi) ↗ NE Hospital de Órbigo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
72 km (44 mi) ↗ NE Villazala Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
72 km (44 mi) → E Quintana del Marco Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
72 km (45 mi) ↗ NE Benavides Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) → E Cebrones del Río Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ↗ NE Valdefuentes del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ↗ NE Provincia de León Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (47 mi) ↗ NE Santa Marina del Rey Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (46 mi) ↗ NE Turcia Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
77 km (48 mi) ↑ N Murias de Paredes Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
77 km (48 mi) → E Roperuelos del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (49 mi) ↗ NE Bustillo del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
79 km (49 mi) ↗ NE Urdiales del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (50 mi) ↗ NE Valdesamario Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (49 mi) ↖ NW Navia de Suarna Lugo 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (49 mi) ↗ NE Laguna Dalga Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (50 mi) ↗ NE Santa María del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
81 km (50 mi) ↑ N Villablino Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
81 km (50 mi) ↗ NE Carrizo de la Ribera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
81 km (50 mi) ↗ NE Zotes del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ↗ NE Villadangos del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↗ NE Cimanes del Tejar Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↗ NE San Pedro Bercianos Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↗ NE Llamas de la Ribera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↗ NE Bercianos del Páramo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
85 km (53 mi) ↗ NE Pobladura de Pelayo García Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) → E Laguna de Negrillos Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
88 km (55 mi) ↗ NE Soto y Amío Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ↑ N Cabrillanes Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ↗ NE Santa María de Ordás Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ↗ NE Chozas de Abajo Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
91 km (56 mi) ↗ NE Valverde de la Virgen Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
96 km (60 mi) ↑ N Sena de Luna Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
97 km (60 mi) ↑ N San Emiliano Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
98 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Sariegos Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
99 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Carrocera Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
101 km (63 mi) ↗ NE Cuadros Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
107 km (66 mi) ↗ NE La Robla Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
108 km (67 mi) ↗ NE La Pola de Gordón Léon 🇪🇸 Spain
114 km (71 mi) ↗ NE Villamanín Léon 🇪🇸 Spain

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 30 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
22 km (13 mi) ← W SOBRADELO 2 Hydro 44.25 MW
25 km (15 mi) ← W PORTODEMOUROS GRUPO 2 Hydro 88.12 MW
26 km (16 mi) ↖ NW CORNATEL GR 1 Hydro 130.66 MW
26 km (16 mi) ↖ NW QUERENO GR 1 Hydro 36.46 MW
26 km (16 mi) ↖ NW PURINARSA TRATAMIENTO DE PURINES Waste 15.0 MW
40 km (24 mi) ↑ N COMPOSTILLA II GR 5 Coal 1005.14 MW
40 km (24 mi) ↑ N P. E. EL REDONDAL (2 FASE 28/3/05) Wind 30.6 MW
53 km (33 mi) ↑ N CORBERA Wind 49.2 MW
64 km (39 mi) ↑ N LAS ONDINAS GR 1 Hydro 82.46 MW
64 km (40 mi) ↑ N ANLLARES GR 1 Coal 346.84 MW
74 km (46 mi) ↗ NE SANTA MARINA GR 3 Hydro 34.68 MW
105 km (65 mi) ↖ NW P.E. SIERRA DEL ACEBO Wind 17.82 MW
105 km (65 mi) ↖ NW PARQUE EOLICO LA CUESTA Wind 27.2 MW
106 km (66 mi) ↗ NE LA ROBLA GRUPO 2 Coal 619.06 MW
107 km (66 mi) ↖ NW SALIME 4 Hydro 157.24 MW
111 km (69 mi) ↑ N P. E. SIERRA DE LOS LAGOS Wind 38.94 MW
116 km (72 mi) ↑ N NARCEA GRUPO 3 Coal 553.64 MW
121 km (75 mi) ↑ N P.E. BELMONTE Wind 34.85 MW
121 km (75 mi) ↑ N P.E. SIERRA DE TINEO Wind 44.0 MW
121 km (75 mi) ↑ N P.E. PICO GALLO Wind 24.42 MW
123 km (76 mi) ↑ N PROAZA 1 Hydro 49.54 MW
124 km (77 mi) ↖ NW DOIRAS 1 Hydro 61.94 MW
130 km (81 mi) ↑ N ARBON 2 Hydro 56.04 MW
132 km (82 mi) ↑ N P.E. SIERRA DE LOS BAOS Y PUMAR Wind 30.6 MW
134 km (83 mi) ↑ N SOTO RIBERA 3 Coal 346.25 MW
135 km (83 mi) ↑ N CTCC SOTO DE RIBERA GRUPO 5 Gas 854.17 MW
138 km (86 mi) ↑ N PARQUE EOLICO LA BOBIA - SAN ISIDRO Wind 49.3 MW
140 km (87 mi) ↑ N COGENERACION NAVIA Gas 24.0 MW
142 km (88 mi) ↑ N CT LADA 4 Coal 347.7 MW
164 km (101 mi) ↑ N ABONO 2 Coal 877.66 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 5 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 2.7 earthquake that struck 10 km W of Encinedo, Spain on May 18, 2008 12:04:49. These types were Waste power plants, Wind power plants, Hydro power plants, Coal 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.

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 2.7 Earthquake Struck 10 km W of Encinedo, Spain on May 18, 2008 12:04:49
Date and Time
2008-05-18 12:04:49 (UTC)
Magnitude
2.7 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
20.8 km
Reports
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