Magnitude 3.3 Earthquake Struck 3 km SSE of Florennes, Belgium on September 13, 2008 01:14:24

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:37:11

On September 13, 2008 01:14:24 an earthquake with magnitude of 3.3 on the richter scale hit 3 km SSE of Florennes, Belgium. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 5.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 4.630Β° and latitude 50.220Β°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on September 13, 2008 01:14:24 had a magnitude of 3.3 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 Florennes in Wallonia, Belgium, located 3 kilometers or 2 miles β†– NW of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Philippeville (Wallonia, Belgium) located 6 km (4 mi) ↙ SW and Mettet (Wallonia, Belgium) located 11 km (7 mi) ↑ N of the epicenter.

In total, we found 169 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
3 km (2 mi) β†– NW Florennes Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
6 km (4 mi) ↙ SW Philippeville Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
11 km (7 mi) ↑ N Mettet Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
12 km (7 mi) β†˜ SE Doische Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
13 km (8 mi) β†’ E HastiΓ¨re-Lavaux Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
14 km (8 mi) ← W Walcourt Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
15 km (9 mi) β†– NW Gerpinnes Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
15 km (9 mi) β†— NE Onhaye Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
16 km (10 mi) ↙ SW Cerfontaine Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
16 km (10 mi) β†’ E Givet Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
16 km (10 mi) β†˜ SE Vireux-Wallerand Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
17 km (10 mi) β†˜ SE Vireux-Molhain Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
19 km (12 mi) β†’ E Fromelennes Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
19 km (11 mi) β†— NE Province de Namur Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
19 km (12 mi) β†– NW La BruyΓ¨re Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
20 km (12 mi) β†— NE Dinant Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
20 km (13 mi) ↓ S Couvin Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
20 km (12 mi) ↑ N Fosses-la-Ville Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
20 km (12 mi) β†— NE AnhΓ©e Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
21 km (13 mi) β†– NW ChΓ’telet Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
21 km (13 mi) β†– NW Aiseau Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
21 km (13 mi) β†— NE Yvoir Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
22 km (14 mi) ↙ SW Froidchapelle Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
24 km (14 mi) ↑ N Profondeville Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
24 km (15 mi) β†˜ SE Haybes Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
24 km (15 mi) β†– NW Farciennes Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
25 km (15 mi) ↑ N Floreffe Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
25 km (15 mi) β†– NW Charleroi Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
26 km (16 mi) β†˜ SE Fumay Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
26 km (16 mi) β†’ E Beauraing Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
27 km (16 mi) β†’ E Houyet Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
27 km (17 mi) ← W Thuin Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
27 km (17 mi) ← W Beaumont Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
29 km (18 mi) ↙ SW Chimay Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
29 km (18 mi) β†– NW Fleurus Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
29 km (18 mi) ← W Lobbes Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
31 km (19 mi) β†˜ SE Revin Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
32 km (20 mi) ← W Anderlues Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
32 km (20 mi) β†— NE Assesse Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
32 km (20 mi) β†– NW Courcelles Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
32 km (20 mi) ↑ N Namur Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
33 km (20 mi) ↓ S Rocroi Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
34 km (21 mi) β†— NE Ciney Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
34 km (21 mi) β†˜ SE Gedinne Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
34 km (21 mi) β†– NW Brunehault Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
34 km (21 mi) β†– NW Sombreffe Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
36 km (22 mi) β†– NW Pont-Γ -Celles Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
37 km (23 mi) ← W Morlanwelz-Mariemont Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
37 km (23 mi) β†— NE Gesves Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
37 km (23 mi) β†’ E Wellin Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
37 km (23 mi) β†˜ SE MonthermΓ© Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
37 km (23 mi) β†– NW Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
38 km (23 mi) ↑ N Gembloux Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
38 km (23 mi) β†˜ SE Deville Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
39 km (24 mi) β†– NW Villers-la-Ville Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
39 km (24 mi) β†— NE Hamois Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
40 km (25 mi) β†˜ SE Thilay Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
40 km (24 mi) β†˜ SE Les Hautes-RiviΓ¨res Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
41 km (25 mi) β†’ E Daverdisse Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
41 km (25 mi) β†˜ SE BiΓ¨vre Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
42 km (26 mi) β†’ E Rochefort Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
42 km (26 mi) β†— NE Ohey Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
42 km (26 mi) ↓ S Renwez Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
42 km (26 mi) β†– NW Manage Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
42 km (26 mi) ↓ S Rimogne Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
43 km (26 mi) ↑ N Chastre-Villeroux-Blanmont Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
43 km (26 mi) β†– NW Seneffe Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
43 km (26 mi) ↓ S Signy-le-Petit Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
44 km (27 mi) β†— NE Andenne Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
44 km (27 mi) β†’ E Tellin Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
45 km (28 mi) ↑ N Noville-les-Bois Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
45 km (28 mi) ↑ N Γ‰ghezΓ©e Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
45 km (28 mi) β†– NW Genappe Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
45 km (28 mi) β†˜ SE Nouzonville Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
46 km (28 mi) β†˜ SE Gespunsart Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
46 km (29 mi) ↑ N Perwez Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
47 km (29 mi) β†— NE Havelange Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
47 km (29 mi) β†˜ SE Neufmanil Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
47 km (29 mi) β†– NW Nivelles Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
47 km (29 mi) β†˜ SE Tournes Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
47 km (29 mi) ↑ N Forville Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
49 km (30 mi) β†˜ SE Warcq Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
49 km (30 mi) β†˜ SE Aiglemont Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
49 km (30 mi) ↑ N HΓ©ron Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
50 km (31 mi) β†˜ SE Montcy-Notre-Dame Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
50 km (31 mi) β†˜ SE Charleville-MΓ©ziΓ¨res Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
50 km (31 mi) β†— NE Marche-en-Famenne Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
50 km (31 mi) β†’ E Paliseul Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
51 km (32 mi) β†˜ SE Saint-Laurent Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
51 km (32 mi) β†˜ SE Prix-lΓ¨s-MΓ©ziΓ¨res Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
51 km (32 mi) ↑ N Wasseiges Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
51 km (31 mi) ↑ N Burdinne Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
51 km (32 mi) β†’ E Nassogne Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
51 km (31 mi) β†— NE Marchin Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
51 km (32 mi) β†’ E Libin Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
53 km (33 mi) β†— NE Modave Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
53 km (33 mi) β†— NE Somme-Leuze Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
53 km (33 mi) β†˜ SE Villers-Semeuse Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
54 km (33 mi) β†— NE Wanze Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
54 km (34 mi) β†˜ SE La Francheville Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
54 km (33 mi) β†— NE Huy Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
55 km (34 mi) β†˜ SE Vivier-au-Court Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
55 km (34 mi) β†˜ SE Lumes Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
55 km (34 mi) β†— NE Clavier Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
56 km (35 mi) β†˜ SE Bouillon Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
56 km (34 mi) β†˜ SE Vrigne-aux-Bois Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
56 km (35 mi) ↑ N Braives Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
57 km (35 mi) β†˜ SE Saint-Menges Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
57 km (35 mi) β†’ E Saint-Hubert Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
58 km (36 mi) β†— NE Hotton Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
58 km (36 mi) β†˜ SE Flize Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
59 km (36 mi) β†˜ SE Floing Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
59 km (36 mi) β†˜ SE Nouvion-sur-Meuse Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
59 km (37 mi) β†— NE Villers-le-Bouillet Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
60 km (37 mi) β†˜ SE Donchery Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
60 km (37 mi) β†˜ SE Dom-le-Mesnil Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
60 km (37 mi) β†— NE Amay Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
60 km (37 mi) β†— NE Tinlot Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
60 km (37 mi) β†— NE Durbuy Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
60 km (37 mi) β†’ E Bertrix Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
61 km (38 mi) β†˜ SE Sedan Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
62 km (38 mi) β†— NE Rendeux Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
63 km (39 mi) β†˜ SE Balan Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
64 km (40 mi) β†— NE Nandrin Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
64 km (39 mi) β†— NE Ouffet Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
65 km (40 mi) β†— NE Verlaine Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
65 km (40 mi) β†’ E Tenneville Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
65 km (40 mi) β†˜ SE Ardennes Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
65 km (40 mi) β†˜ SE Herbeumont Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
65 km (40 mi) β†˜ SE Bazeilles Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
66 km (41 mi) β†— NE Γ‰rezΓ©e Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
66 km (41 mi) β†’ E Province du Luxembourg Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
67 km (42 mi) β†˜ SE Pouru-Saint-Remy Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
67 km (42 mi) β†˜ SE Douzy Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
67 km (42 mi) β†— NE Engis Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
67 km (41 mi) β†’ E Sainte-Ode Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
67 km (41 mi) β†’ E La Roche-en-Ardenne Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
68 km (42 mi) β†— NE Hamoir Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
69 km (43 mi) β†— NE Anthisnes Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
71 km (44 mi) β†’ E NeufchΓ’teau Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
71 km (44 mi) β†— NE FlΓ©malle-Haute Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
72 km (45 mi) β†— NE Comblain-au-Pont Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
72 km (45 mi) β†— NE FerriΓ¨res Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
73 km (45 mi) β†— NE Seraing Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
73 km (45 mi) β†˜ SE Chiny Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
73 km (45 mi) β†— NE Mons-lez-LiΓ¨ge Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
75 km (47 mi) β†’ E Vaux-sur-SΓ»re Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
75 km (46 mi) β†˜ SE Mouzon Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
75 km (46 mi) β†— NE Esneux Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
75 km (46 mi) β†˜ SE Florenville Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
75 km (47 mi) β†˜ SE Carignan Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
77 km (48 mi) β†˜ SE Blagny Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
79 km (49 mi) β†’ E LΓ©glise Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
81 km (50 mi) ↓ S ChΓ’teau-Porcien Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
81 km (50 mi) ↓ S Rethel Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
82 km (51 mi) ↓ S Sault-lΓ¨s-Rethel Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
82 km (51 mi) ↓ S Attigny Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
86 km (54 mi) β†’ E Tintigny Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
89 km (55 mi) β†˜ SE Stenay Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
89 km (55 mi) β†’ E Habay-la-Vieille Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
91 km (56 mi) β†˜ SE Vouziers Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
91 km (56 mi) β†˜ SE Meix-devant-Virton Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
92 km (57 mi) β†’ E Γ‰talle Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
94 km (58 mi) β†˜ SE MontmΓ©dy Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
97 km (60 mi) β†˜ SE Virton Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
97 km (60 mi) β†˜ SE Rouvroy Wallonia πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Belgium
100 km (62 mi) ↓ S Warmeriville Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
105 km (65 mi) ↓ S Pontfaverger-Moronvilliers Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France
111 km (69 mi) β†˜ SE Longuyon Grand-Est πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 31 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 (11 mi) ↙ SW PLATE TAILLE T Hydro 144.0 MW
18 km (11 mi) β†˜ SE CHOOZ Nuclear 3000.0 MW
22 km (13 mi) ← W Froidchapelle Wind Wind 25.0 MW
26 km (16 mi) β†– NW Marcinelle Energie (Carsid) Gas 405.0 MW
28 km (17 mi) β†– NW Amercoeur 1 R TGV Gas 451.0 MW
33 km (20 mi) ↑ N HU GRAND-MALADES Hydro 5.0 MW
34 km (21 mi) ↓ S REVIN Hydro 808.0 MW
40 km (24 mi) ↓ S Γ‰teigniΓ¨res Biomass 1.48 MW
43 km (27 mi) β†— NE HU ANDENNE Hydro 9.0 MW
45 km (27 mi) ↓ S Tarzy Wind 8.0 MW
49 km (30 mi) ↓ S Champlin Wind 27.5 MW
57 km (35 mi) β†— NE TIHANGE 1N Nuclear 962.0 MW
57 km (35 mi) β†— NE TIHANGE 3 Nuclear 2053.8 MW
58 km (36 mi) β†— NE HU AMPSIN-NEUVILLE Hydro 9.9 MW
69 km (42 mi) β†— NE AWIRS 4 Biomass 95.0 MW
71 km (44 mi) β†— NE HU IVOZ-RAMET Hydro 10.0 MW
74 km (46 mi) β†˜ SE Raucourt-et-Flaba Wind 12.0 MW
76 km (47 mi) β†˜ SE La Vierre Hydro 1.9 MW
76 km (47 mi) ↓ S Sorbon Wind 6.6 MW
77 km (48 mi) ↓ S Γ‰cly Wind 10.0 MW
77 km (48 mi) β†˜ SE Vaux-lΓ¨s-Mouzon Wind 7.269 MW
80 km (50 mi) β†— NE ANGLEUR TG 41 Gas 128.0 MW
80 km (50 mi) ↓ S Barby Wind 10.0 MW
81 km (50 mi) ↓ S ChΓ’teau-Porcien Wind 10.0 MW
86 km (53 mi) ↓ S Saulces-Champenoises Wind 20.0 MW
89 km (55 mi) ↓ S Saint-Loup-en-Champagne Wind 26.0 MW
89 km (55 mi) β†˜ SE Stenay Wind 11.5 MW
93 km (58 mi) ↓ S Leffincourt Wind 20.0 MW
95 km (59 mi) ↓ S Contreuve Wind 12.0 MW
103 km (64 mi) β†˜ SE Allondrelle-la-Malmaison Wind 10.76 MW
104 km (65 mi) ↓ S BΓ©theniville Solar 5.3238 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 6 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 3.3 earthquake that struck 3 km SSE of Florennes, Belgium on September 13, 2008 01:14:24. These types were Solar power plants, Wind power plants, Hydro power plants, Nuclear power plants, Biomass 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 3.3 Earthquake Struck 3 km SSE of Florennes, Belgium on September 13, 2008 01:14:24
Date and Time
2008-09-13 01:14:24 (UTC)
Magnitude
3.3 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
5.0 km
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