Magnitude 2.6 Earthquake Struck 33 km SSE of Monte Gordo, Portugal on September 22, 2008 17:17:13

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:37:14

On September 22, 2008 17:17:13 an earthquake with magnitude of 2.6 on the richter scale hit 33 km SSE of Monte Gordo, Portugal. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 58.2 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -7.360° and latitude 36.888°. 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 22, 2008 17:17:13 had a magnitude of 2.6 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 Monte Gordo in Faro, Portugal, located 33 kilometers or 20 miles ↖ NW of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Vila Real de Santo António (Faro, Portugal) located 34 km (21 mi) ↖ NW and Manta Rota (Faro, Portugal) located 34 km (21 mi) ↖ NW of the epicenter.

In total, we found 64 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
33 km (20 mi) ↖ NW Monte Gordo Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
34 km (21 mi) ↖ NW Vila Real de Santo António Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
34 km (21 mi) ↖ NW Manta Rota Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
34 km (21 mi) ↖ NW Cabanas de Tavira Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
34 km (21 mi) ↑ N Isla Cristina Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) ↖ NW Altura Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
35 km (22 mi) ← W Santa Luzia Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
35 km (21 mi) ↖ NW Vila Nova De Cacela Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
36 km (22 mi) ↖ NW Tavira Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
36 km (22 mi) ↖ NW Conceição Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
36 km (22 mi) ↖ NW Ayamonte Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
38 km (23 mi) ← W Luz Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
39 km (24 mi) ← W Fuzeta Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
43 km (27 mi) ← W Olhão Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
43 km (27 mi) ← W Moncarapacho Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
43 km (26 mi) ↑ N Lepe Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (26 mi) ↖ NW Castro Marim Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
44 km (27 mi) ← W Laranjeiro Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
46 km (28 mi) ↑ N Villablanca Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) ↑ N Cartaya Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ← W Estói Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
52 km (32 mi) ← W Faro Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
55 km (34 mi) ↑ N San Silvestre de Guzmán Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
57 km (35 mi) ← W São Brás de Alportel Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
59 km (36 mi) ← W Santa Bárbara de Nexe Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
63 km (39 mi) ← W Almancil Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
65 km (40 mi) ↑ N San Bartolomé de la Torre Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
65 km (40 mi) ← W Loulé Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
65 km (40 mi) ↖ NW Alcoutim Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
65 km (40 mi) ↖ NW Sanlúcar de Guadiana Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) ← W Quarteira Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
68 km (42 mi) ↑ N Villanueva de los Castillejos Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
70 km (43 mi) ← W Vilamoura Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
76 km (47 mi) ← W Boliqueime Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
76 km (47 mi) ↑ N Alosno Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
77 km (47 mi) ← W Olhos de Água Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
81 km (50 mi) ← W Paderne Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
81 km (50 mi) ↑ N Puebla de Guzmán Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
82 km (51 mi) ← W Albufeira Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
82 km (51 mi) ← W Ferreiras Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
85 km (53 mi) ← W Tunes Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
87 km (54 mi) ← W Guia Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
88 km (54 mi) ↖ NW Minas de São Domingos Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
89 km (55 mi) ↖ NW Mértola Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
89 km (55 mi) ← W Algoz Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
90 km (56 mi) ← W Pêra Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
91 km (56 mi) ← W Alcantarilha Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
91 km (57 mi) ← W São Bartolomeu de Messines Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
91 km (56 mi) ← W Armação de Pêra Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
93 km (58 mi) ↖ NW Almodôvar Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
93 km (58 mi) ← W Silves Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
94 km (58 mi) ↑ N Paymogo Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
96 km (59 mi) ← W Porches Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
96 km (59 mi) ↑ N Cabezas Rubias Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
102 km (63 mi) ↑ N Santa Bárbara de Casa Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
104 km (64 mi) ← W São Marcos da Serra Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
110 km (68 mi) ↖ NW Castro Verde Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
115 km (71 mi) ↖ NW Aldeia Nova de São Bento Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
118 km (73 mi) ↖ NW Serpa Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
120 km (74 mi) ↑ N Rosal de la Frontera Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
121 km (75 mi) ↖ NW Cabeça Gorda Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
122 km (76 mi) ↖ NW Salvada Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
122 km (76 mi) ↖ NW Ourique Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
131 km (81 mi) ↖ NW Aljustrel Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal

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
36 km (22 mi) ↖ NW Sotavento (Aterro Sanitário) Waste 1.2 MW
42 km (26 mi) ↖ NW El Escambron Solar 4.7 MW
44 km (27 mi) ↑ N La Flamenca Solar 7.2 MW
48 km (30 mi) ← W Estoi 3 Solar 1.0 MW
48 km (30 mi) ← W Estoi 1 Solar 1.0 MW
49 km (30 mi) ← W Estoi 2 Solar 1.0 MW
59 km (36 mi) ↖ NW Solara4 Solar 218.8 MW
60 km (37 mi) ← W Sol Cativante 5 Solar 6.0 MW
60 km (37 mi) ← W Sol Cativante 7 Solar 4.0 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW Malhanito Wind 66.7 MW
69 km (43 mi) ↑ N PARQUE EOLICO LA RETUERTA Wind 38.0 MW
69 km (43 mi) ↑ N PARQUE EOLICO VALDEFUENTES Wind 28.0 MW
70 km (43 mi) ↖ NW Luz-On Solar 1.2 MW
70 km (43 mi) ↖ NW Martim Longo 1 Solar 1.102 MW
70 km (43 mi) ↖ NW Martim Longo 2 Solar 1.102 MW
70 km (43 mi) ↖ NW Martim Longo 3 Solar 1.0 MW
71 km (44 mi) ↖ NW PARQUE EOLICO PUERTO DE MALAGA Wind 12.0 MW
71 km (44 mi) ↖ NW P. E. AMPLIACION PUERTO DE MALAGA Wind 12.85 MW
77 km (47 mi) ↖ NW Baixo Alentejo / Mértola Wind 43.7 MW
81 km (50 mi) ↑ N PARQUE EOLICO LAS CABEZAS Wind 17.4 MW
84 km (52 mi) ← W Ferreiras Solar 6.0 MW
84 km (52 mi) ← W Serra do Mú Wind 30.7 MW
86 km (53 mi) ← W Avalades Solar 14.0 MW
87 km (54 mi) ↖ NW Castanhos Solar 1.3 MW
87 km (54 mi) ← W Pico Alto Wind 6.0 MW
88 km (54 mi) ↖ NW Olva Solar 2.2 MW
93 km (58 mi) ↖ NW Almodôvar Solar 1.1 MW
97 km (60 mi) ↖ NW Porteirinhos Solar 6.0 MW
102 km (63 mi) ↖ NW Interior Alentejano Solar 2.2 MW
113 km (70 mi) ↖ NW Ourique Solar 46.0 MW
132 km (82 mi) ↖ NW Roxo Hydro 1.7 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 4 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 2.6 earthquake that struck 33 km SSE of Monte Gordo, Portugal on September 22, 2008 17:17:13. These types were Solar power plants, Waste power plants, Hydro power plants, Wind 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.

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.

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 2.6 Earthquake Struck 33 km SSE of Monte Gordo, Portugal on September 22, 2008 17:17:13
Date and Time
2008-09-22 17:17:13 (UTC)
Magnitude
2.6 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
58.2 km
Reports
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