Magnitude 2.6 Earthquake Struck 8 km SE of Lourdes, France on November 16, 2008 22:54:31

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:37:44

On November 16, 2008 22:54:31 an earthquake with magnitude of 2.6 on the richter scale hit 8 km SE of Lourdes, France. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 2.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 0.013° and latitude 43.036°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on November 16, 2008 22:54:31 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 Bagnères-de-Bigorre in Occitanie, France, located 11 kilometers or 7 miles ↗ NE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Pouzac (Occitanie, France) located 11 km (7 mi) ↗ NE and Gerde (Occitanie, France) located 12 km (7 mi) ↗ NE of the epicenter.

In total, we found 117 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
11 km (7 mi) ↗ NE Bagnères-de-Bigorre Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
11 km (7 mi) ↗ NE Pouzac Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
12 km (7 mi) ↗ NE Gerde Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
13 km (8 mi) → E Campan Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
14 km (8 mi) ↗ NE Département des Hautes-Pyrénées Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
18 km (11 mi) ↑ N Horgues Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
18 km (11 mi) ↑ N Juillan Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
18 km (11 mi) ↑ N Odos Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
19 km (12 mi) ↑ N Barbazan-Debat Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
19 km (12 mi) ↑ N Laloubère Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
20 km (12 mi) ↑ N Soues Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
21 km (13 mi) ↖ NW Ibos Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
22 km (14 mi) ↑ N Séméac Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
22 km (14 mi) ↑ N Tarbes Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
24 km (14 mi) ↑ N Aureilhan Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
25 km (15 mi) ↗ NE Capvern Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
25 km (15 mi) ↗ NE Tournay Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
27 km (17 mi) ↑ N Oursbelille Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
28 km (17 mi) ↑ N Orleix Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
28 km (17 mi) ↑ N Bazet Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
30 km (19 mi) ↗ NE La Barthe-de-Neste Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
31 km (19 mi) ↗ NE Lannemezan Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
31 km (19 mi) ↑ N Andrest Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
35 km (21 mi) → E Saint-Lary-Soulan Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
39 km (24 mi) ↑ N Vic-en-Bigorre Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
40 km (25 mi) ↑ N Rabastens-de-Bigorre Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
43 km (27 mi) ↑ N Trie-sur-Baïse Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
45 km (28 mi) ↗ NE Montréjeau Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
45 km (28 mi) ↗ NE Gourdan-Polignan Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
47 km (29 mi) ↘ SE Bielsa Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (29 mi) ↑ N Maubourguet Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
49 km (31 mi) ↑ N Miélan Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
53 km (33 mi) ↗ NE Labarthe-Rivière Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
53 km (33 mi) ↗ NE Villeneuve-de-Rivière Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
54 km (33 mi) → E Bagnères-de-Luchon Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
55 km (34 mi) ↑ N Marciac Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
55 km (34 mi) ↘ SE Puértolas Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
56 km (34 mi) ↘ SE Gistaín Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
57 km (35 mi) ↘ SE Plan Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) ↗ NE Saint-Gaudens Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
59 km (36 mi) ↗ NE Boulogne-sur-Gesse Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
60 km (37 mi) ↘ SE Laspuña Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
61 km (38 mi) ↑ N Mirande Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
62 km (38 mi) → E Les Lleida 🇪🇸 Spain
63 km (39 mi) ↗ NE Masseube Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
63 km (39 mi) ↘ SE Sahún Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
63 km (39 mi) ↘ SE Benasque Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
64 km (39 mi) → E Aspet Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
65 km (40 mi) ↘ SE Labuerda Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
65 km (40 mi) ↘ SE Boltaña Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
65 km (40 mi) ↘ SE Sesué Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
68 km (42 mi) ↘ SE Chía Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (43 mi) ↘ SE Aínsa Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (42 mi) ↑ N Seissan Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
70 km (43 mi) ↘ SE Castejón de Sos Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
70 km (44 mi) ↘ SE Seira Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
72 km (44 mi) ↘ SE Bisaurri Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
73 km (45 mi) ↗ NE Aurignac Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
77 km (47 mi) ↗ NE Salies-du-Salat Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
77 km (47 mi) ↗ NE L’Isle-en-Dodon Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
78 km (48 mi) ↘ SE Laspaúles Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
81 km (50 mi) ↘ SE Palo Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
82 km (51 mi) ↗ NE Martres-Tolosane Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
86 km (53 mi) ↘ SE Bonansa Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) ↗ NE Lombez Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
88 km (54 mi) ↘ SE Bárcabo Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ↘ SE Abizanda Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ↗ NE Cazères Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
89 km (55 mi) ↗ NE Samatan Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
89 km (55 mi) ↗ NE Le Fousseret Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
91 km (56 mi) → E Saint-Lizier Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
92 km (57 mi) → E Saint-Girons Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
93 km (57 mi) → E Montjoie-en-Couserans Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
94 km (58 mi) ↘ SE Naval Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
97 km (60 mi) ↘ SE Graus Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
98 km (61 mi) ↘ SE Capella Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
98 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Rieumes Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
99 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Rieux-Volvestre Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
100 km (62 mi) ↗ NE Montesquieu-Volvestre Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
101 km (62 mi) → E Espot Lleida 🇪🇸 Spain
101 km (63 mi) ↗ NE Bérat Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
102 km (63 mi) ↗ NE Carbonne Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
102 km (63 mi) ↘ SE Lascuarre Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
103 km (64 mi) ↘ SE Castigaleu Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
104 km (65 mi) ↗ NE Sainte-Foy-de-Peyrolières Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
104 km (65 mi) ↗ NE Marquefave Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
105 km (65 mi) ↗ NE Haute-Garonne Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
105 km (65 mi) ↗ NE Longages Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
107 km (66 mi) ↗ NE Lherm Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
107 km (67 mi) ↗ NE Saint-Lys Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
108 km (67 mi) ↗ NE Noé Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
108 km (67 mi) ↗ NE Lavernose-Lacasse Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
109 km (68 mi) ↗ NE Lacasse Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
110 km (68 mi) ↗ NE Labastidette Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
110 km (68 mi) ↗ NE Pujaudran Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
110 km (68 mi) ↗ NE Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
111 km (69 mi) ↗ NE Fontenilles Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
111 km (69 mi) ↗ NE Le Fauga Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
111 km (69 mi) ↗ NE Lézat-sur-Lèze Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
113 km (70 mi) ↗ NE Fonsorbes Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
114 km (71 mi) → E Sort Lleida 🇪🇸 Spain
115 km (71 mi) ↗ NE Beaumont-sur-Lèze Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
116 km (72 mi) ↗ NE Muret Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
116 km (72 mi) ↗ NE Eaunes Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
116 km (72 mi) ↗ NE Seysses Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
118 km (73 mi) ↗ NE Frouzins Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
118 km (73 mi) ↗ NE La Salvetat-Saint-Gilles Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
119 km (73 mi) ↗ NE Lagardelle-sur-Lèze Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
119 km (73 mi) → E Farrera Lleida 🇪🇸 Spain
119 km (74 mi) ↗ NE Plaisance-du-Touch Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
119 km (74 mi) ↗ NE Saubens Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
120 km (74 mi) ↗ NE Villeneuve-Tolosane Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
121 km (75 mi) ↗ NE Labarthe-sur-Lèze Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
121 km (75 mi) ↗ NE Cugnaux Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
121 km (75 mi) ↗ NE Roquettes Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
122 km (75 mi) ↗ NE Tournefeuille Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
123 km (76 mi) ↗ NE Pinsaguel Occitanie 🇫🇷 France

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 69 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
9 km (5 mi) ↘ SE Beaucens Hydro 3.014 MW
11 km (7 mi) → E Bagnères-de-Bigorre Hydro 2.13 MW
13 km (8 mi) ↑ N Bénac Biomass 1.67 MW
18 km (11 mi) → E Campan Hydro 9.91 MW
22 km (13 mi) ↑ N Tarbes Solar 1.13639 MW
22 km (14 mi) ↘ SE Luz-Saint-Sauveur Hydro 3.071 MW
23 km (14 mi) ↓ S PRAGNERES Hydro 189.2 MW
27 km (17 mi) → E Beyrède-Jumet Hydro 9.5 MW
29 km (18 mi) → E Arreau Hydro 10.495 MW
31 km (19 mi) ↘ SE Aragnouet Hydro 10.255 MW
32 km (19 mi) → E Guchen Hydro 6.5 MW
36 km (22 mi) ↗ NE Uglas Solar 1.71416 MW
39 km (24 mi) ↑ N Vic-en-Bigorre Solar 1.45188 MW
42 km (26 mi) → E Louron Hydro 49.3 MW
44 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Génos Hydro 1.312 MW
45 km (28 mi) → E Germ Hydro 3.1 MW
45 km (28 mi) → E Eget Hydro 37.3 MW
48 km (29 mi) → E Loudenvielle Hydro 7.7 MW
50 km (31 mi) ↗ NE Pointis-de-Rivière Hydro 7.015 MW
50 km (31 mi) ↑ N Sainte-Dode Solar 1.4495 MW
51 km (31 mi) → E Oo Hydro 30.0 MW
52 km (32 mi) → E Cierp-Gaud Hydro 11.0 MW
53 km (33 mi) ↘ SE LAFORTUNADA CINQUETA 1 Hydro 40.8 MW
53 km (33 mi) ↘ SE LAFORTUNADA CINCA 1 Hydro 41.4 MW
53 km (33 mi) ↘ SE SALINAS BRAS DEL PORT S.A. Gas 10.0 MW
54 km (33 mi) ↑ N Saint-Michel Solar 1.68546 MW
54 km (33 mi) ↗ NE Lodes Solar 1.01705 MW
55 km (34 mi) → E Portillon (Le) Hydro 95.0 MW
55 km (34 mi) → E Saint-Aventin Hydro 1.43 MW
56 km (34 mi) ↗ NE Valentine Hydro 8.2 MW
57 km (35 mi) ↑ N Berdoues Solar 1.6426 MW
58 km (36 mi) ↑ N Belloc-Saint-Clamens Solar 1.0357 MW
58 km (36 mi) → E Arlos Hydro 5.3 MW
58 km (36 mi) ↗ NE Saint-Gaudens Biomass 1.74 MW
60 km (37 mi) ↗ NE Miramont-de-Comminges Hydro 4.7 MW
62 km (38 mi) ↑ N Mirande Solar 15.65343 MW
62 km (39 mi) → E Fos Hydro 10.6 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↑ N Gremirande Solar 9.1 MW
63 km (39 mi) → E PONT DE REI 1 Hydro 46.14 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↘ SE ERISTE 1 Hydro 87.6 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↗ NE Pointis-Inard Hydro 4.55 MW
66 km (41 mi) → E BARRADOS Hydro 15.88 MW
68 km (42 mi) ↗ NE Castillon-de-Saint-Martory Hydro 1.9 MW
73 km (45 mi) → E VETEJAR Oil 12.9 MW
73 km (45 mi) → E VIELHA 1 Hydro 21.86 MW
75 km (47 mi) ↗ NE Saint-Martory Solar 1.48998 MW
76 km (47 mi) ↗ NE Mancioux Hydro 1.8 MW
76 km (47 mi) ↗ NE L'Isle-en-Dodon Solar 2.26612 MW
78 km (49 mi) ↗ NE Touille Hydro 1.925 MW
79 km (49 mi) → E MORALETS 1 Hydro 219.14 MW
80 km (49 mi) ↗ NE La Bastide-du-Salat Hydro 1.24 MW
81 km (50 mi) ↘ SE MEDIANO 1 Hydro 66.97 MW
85 km (53 mi) → E Castillon-en-Couserans Hydro 13.29 MW
87 km (54 mi) → E CALDES 2 Hydro 32.48 MW
89 km (55 mi) ↗ NE Le Fousseret Solar 1.03666 MW
90 km (56 mi) → E Saint-Lizier Hydro 3.107 MW
92 km (57 mi) → E Saint-Girons Hydro 4.79 MW
94 km (58 mi) → E Lacourt Hydro 3.6 MW
95 km (59 mi) ↗ NE Gratens Solar 1.48365 MW
100 km (62 mi) ↘ SE ESCALES 1 Hydro 35.85 MW
105 km (65 mi) → E MONTAMARA 1 Hydro 92.42 MW
105 km (65 mi) ↗ NE Daumazan-sur-Arize Solar 10.45652 MW
107 km (67 mi) ↗ NE Lavernose Solar 4.6 MW
110 km (68 mi) → E TAVASCAN INFERIOR Hydro 150.88 MW
111 km (69 mi) ↗ NE Fontenilles Solar 7.16417 MW
114 km (71 mi) → E LLAVORSI CARDOS 1 Hydro 52.4 MW
115 km (71 mi) ↗ NE Seysses Solar 4.54416 MW
118 km (73 mi) ↗ NE Plaisance-du-Touch Solar 2.62341 MW
125 km (77 mi) ↗ NE Portet-sur-Garonne Solar 2.12132 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 5 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 2.6 earthquake that struck 8 km SE of Lourdes, France on November 16, 2008 22:54:31. These types were Solar power plants, Biomass power plants, Oil power plants, Hydro 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.

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.

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.

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 2.6 Earthquake Struck 8 km SE of Lourdes, France on November 16, 2008 22:54:31
Date and Time
2008-11-16 22:54:31 (UTC)
Magnitude
2.6 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
2.0 km
Reports
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