Magnitude 2.7 Earthquake Struck 48 km SSE of Santa Luzia, Portugal on October 12, 2008 05:18:02

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:37:27

On October 12, 2008 05:18:02 an earthquake with magnitude of 2.7 on the richter scale hit 48 km SSE of Santa Luzia, Portugal. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 24.7 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -7.384° and latitude 36.730°. 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 12, 2008 05:18:02 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 Santa Luzia in Faro, Portugal, located 48 kilometers or 29 miles ↖ NW of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Cabanas de Tavira (Faro, Portugal) located 48 km (30 mi) ↖ NW and Fuzeta (Faro, Portugal) located 48 km (30 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
48 km (29 mi) ↖ NW Santa Luzia Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
48 km (30 mi) ↖ NW Cabanas de Tavira Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
48 km (30 mi) ↖ NW Fuzeta Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
49 km (30 mi) ↖ NW Luz Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
50 km (31 mi) ↖ NW Altura Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
50 km (31 mi) ↖ NW Manta Rota Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
50 km (31 mi) ↖ NW Conceição Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
50 km (31 mi) ↖ NW Tavira Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
50 km (31 mi) ↖ NW Monte Gordo Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
51 km (32 mi) ↖ NW Vila Real de Santo António Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
51 km (31 mi) ↖ NW Vila Nova De Cacela Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
51 km (32 mi) ← W Olhão Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
52 km (32 mi) ↑ N Isla Cristina Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↖ NW Laranjeiro Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
53 km (33 mi) ↖ NW Moncarapacho Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
53 km (33 mi) ↖ NW Ayamonte Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) ← W Faro Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
59 km (37 mi) ↖ NW Castro Marim Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
60 km (37 mi) ↑ N Lepe Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) ← W Estói Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
63 km (39 mi) ↑ N Villablanca Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
64 km (40 mi) ↑ N Cartaya Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
66 km (41 mi) ← W Santa Bárbara de Nexe Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
67 km (42 mi) ↖ NW São Brás de Alportel Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
69 km (43 mi) ← W Almancil Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
73 km (45 mi) ↑ N San Silvestre de Guzmán Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ← W Loulé Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
74 km (46 mi) ← W Quarteira Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
76 km (47 mi) ← W Vilamoura Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
80 km (50 mi) ↖ NW Alcoutim Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
82 km (51 mi) ← W Olhos de Água Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
82 km (51 mi) ← W Boliqueime Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
82 km (51 mi) ↖ NW Sanlúcar de Guadiana Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ↑ N San Bartolomé de la Torre Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
85 km (53 mi) ↑ N Villanueva de los Castillejos Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
86 km (53 mi) ← W Albufeira Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
87 km (54 mi) ← W Ferreiras Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
88 km (54 mi) ← W Paderne Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
91 km (56 mi) ← W Tunes Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
92 km (57 mi) ← W Guia Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
94 km (58 mi) ↑ N Alosno Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
94 km (58 mi) ← W Algoz Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
95 km (59 mi) ← W Pêra Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
95 km (59 mi) ← W Armação de Pêra Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
96 km (59 mi) ← W Alcantarilha Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
99 km (61 mi) ↑ N Puebla de Guzmán Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
99 km (61 mi) ← W Silves Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
99 km (61 mi) ← W São Bartolomeu de Messines Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
100 km (62 mi) ← W Porches Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
105 km (65 mi) ↖ NW Almodôvar Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
105 km (65 mi) ↖ NW Minas de São Domingos Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
106 km (66 mi) ↖ NW Mértola Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
112 km (69 mi) ↑ N Paymogo Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
112 km (70 mi) ← W São Marcos da Serra Faro 🇵🇹 Portugal
113 km (70 mi) ↑ N Cabezas Rubias Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
119 km (74 mi) ↑ N Santa Bárbara de Casa Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
124 km (77 mi) ↖ NW Castro Verde Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
133 km (82 mi) ↖ NW Aldeia Nova de São Bento Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
134 km (83 mi) ↖ NW Ourique Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
136 km (84 mi) ↖ NW Serpa Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
137 km (85 mi) ↖ NW Cabeça Gorda Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
138 km (86 mi) ↖ NW Salvada Beja 🇵🇹 Portugal
138 km (85 mi) ↑ N Rosal de la Frontera Huelva 🇪🇸 Spain
145 km (90 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
51 km (31 mi) ↖ NW Sotavento (Aterro Sanitário) Waste 1.2 MW
56 km (35 mi) ← W Estoi 1 Solar 1.0 MW
57 km (35 mi) ← W Estoi 3 Solar 1.0 MW
57 km (35 mi) ← W Estoi 2 Solar 1.0 MW
60 km (37 mi) ↑ N El Escambron Solar 4.7 MW
62 km (38 mi) ↑ N La Flamenca Solar 7.2 MW
69 km (42 mi) ← W Sol Cativante 7 Solar 4.0 MW
69 km (42 mi) ← W Sol Cativante 5 Solar 6.0 MW
74 km (46 mi) ↖ NW Solara4 Solar 218.8 MW
76 km (47 mi) ↖ NW Malhanito Wind 66.7 MW
85 km (53 mi) ↖ NW Martim Longo 3 Solar 1.0 MW
85 km (53 mi) ↖ NW Martim Longo 1 Solar 1.102 MW
85 km (53 mi) ↖ NW Martim Longo 2 Solar 1.102 MW
85 km (53 mi) ↖ NW Luz-On Solar 1.2 MW
87 km (54 mi) ↑ N PARQUE EOLICO VALDEFUENTES Wind 28.0 MW
87 km (54 mi) ↑ N PARQUE EOLICO LA RETUERTA Wind 38.0 MW
88 km (55 mi) ↖ NW P. E. AMPLIACION PUERTO DE MALAGA Wind 12.85 MW
88 km (55 mi) ↖ NW PARQUE EOLICO PUERTO DE MALAGA Wind 12.0 MW
89 km (55 mi) ← W Ferreiras Solar 6.0 MW
91 km (57 mi) ↖ NW Baixo Alentejo / Mértola Wind 43.7 MW
92 km (57 mi) ← W Avalades Solar 14.0 MW
95 km (59 mi) ↖ NW Serra do Mú Wind 30.7 MW
95 km (59 mi) ← W Pico Alto Wind 6.0 MW
99 km (61 mi) ↑ N PARQUE EOLICO LAS CABEZAS Wind 17.4 MW
102 km (63 mi) ↖ NW Castanhos Solar 1.3 MW
103 km (64 mi) ↖ NW Olva Solar 2.2 MW
106 km (66 mi) ↖ NW Almodôvar Solar 1.1 MW
110 km (68 mi) ↖ NW Porteirinhos Solar 6.0 MW
115 km (71 mi) ↖ NW Interior Alentejano Solar 2.2 MW
126 km (78 mi) ↖ NW Ourique Solar 46.0 MW
147 km (91 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 2.7 earthquake that struck 48 km SSE of Santa Luzia, Portugal on October 12, 2008 05:18:02. These types were Solar power plants, Wind power plants, Hydro power plants, Waste 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 2.7 Earthquake Struck 48 km SSE of Santa Luzia, Portugal on October 12, 2008 05:18:02
Date and Time
2008-10-12 05:18:02 (UTC)
Magnitude
2.7 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
24.7 km
Reports
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