Magnitude 3.1 Earthquake Struck 4 km SSW of Sauveterre-de-Béarn, France on December 02, 2008 11:48:41

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:37:52

On December 02, 2008 11:48:41 an earthquake with magnitude of 3.1 on the richter scale hit 4 km SSW of Sauveterre-de-Béarn, France. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 5.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -0.960° and latitude 43.360°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on December 02, 2008 11:48:41 had a magnitude of 3.1 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 Sauveterre-de-Béarn in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France, located 4 kilometers or 3 miles ↑ N of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Saint-Palais (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France) located 6 km (4 mi) ↙ SW and Salies-de-Béarn (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France) located 13 km (8 mi) ↑ N of the epicenter.

In total, we found 154 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
4 km (3 mi) ↑ N Sauveterre-de-Béarn Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
6 km (4 mi) ↙ SW Saint-Palais Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
13 km (8 mi) ↑ N Salies-de-Béarn Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
16 km (10 mi) ↘ SE Mauléon-Licharre Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
16 km (10 mi) ↘ SE Chéraute Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
16 km (10 mi) → E Navarrenx Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
18 km (11 mi) ↘ SE Département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
18 km (11 mi) ↑ N Puyoô Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
20 km (12 mi) ↗ NE Orthez Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
20 km (12 mi) ← W Bidache Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
21 km (13 mi) ↖ NW Labatut Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
23 km (14 mi) ← W Bardos Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
23 km (14 mi) ↑ N Habas Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
24 km (15 mi) → E Lucq-de-Béarn Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
24 km (15 mi) ↖ NW Peyrehorade Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
25 km (15 mi) ↗ NE Lagor Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
26 km (16 mi) ↗ NE Mont Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
28 km (17 mi) ← W Hasparren Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
29 km (18 mi) ↗ NE Mourenx Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
30 km (19 mi) ← W Urt Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
30 km (19 mi) → E Monein Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
31 km (19 mi) ↙ SW Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
31 km (19 mi) ↑ N Amou Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
31 km (19 mi) ↗ NE Artix Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
31 km (19 mi) ↗ NE Arthez-de-Béarn Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
32 km (19 mi) → E Ledeuix Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
32 km (19 mi) ← W Briscous Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
33 km (20 mi) → E Oloron-Sainte-Marie Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
33 km (20 mi) ← W Urcuit Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
34 km (21 mi) ↘ SE Arette Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
35 km (21 mi) ← W Saint-Martin-de-Hinx Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
35 km (22 mi) ↙ SW Cambo-les-Bains Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
36 km (22 mi) ↙ SW Itxassou Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
37 km (23 mi) ← W Lahonce Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
37 km (23 mi) ↗ NE Denguin Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
37 km (23 mi) → E Arbus Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
38 km (23 mi) ← W Saint-André-de-Seignanx Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
39 km (24 mi) → E Poey-de-Lescar Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
40 km (24 mi) ← W Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
40 km (24 mi) → E Artiguelouve Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
41 km (25 mi) → E Lasseube Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
42 km (26 mi) ↗ NE Uzein Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
43 km (27 mi) → E Ogeu-les-Bains Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
44 km (27 mi) → E Lescar Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
45 km (28 mi) → E Billère Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
45 km (28 mi) → E Lons Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
46 km (29 mi) ↗ NE Sauvagnon Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
47 km (29 mi) → E Jurançon Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
48 km (30 mi) → E Gan Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
48 km (30 mi) → E Pau Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
48 km (30 mi) → E Gelos Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
49 km (30 mi) ↗ NE Montardon Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
49 km (30 mi) ↓ S Orbara Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↗ NE Serres-Castet Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
50 km (31 mi) → E Bosdarros Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
50 km (31 mi) → E Mazères-Lezons Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
50 km (31 mi) → E Bizanos Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
51 km (31 mi) ↗ NE Navailles-Angos Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
51 km (31 mi) → E Arudy Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
51 km (32 mi) ↓ S Aria Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) → E Idron Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
52 km (32 mi) ↓ S Garralda Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) → E Louvie-Juzon Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
53 km (33 mi) → E Buros Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
54 km (34 mi) → E Assat Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
55 km (34 mi) ↓ S Oronz Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
56 km (35 mi) → E Bordes Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
56 km (35 mi) → E Ousse Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
56 km (34 mi) → E Morlaas Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
58 km (36 mi) ↘ SE Urzainqui Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
58 km (36 mi) → E Boeil-Bezing Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
59 km (36 mi) → E Nay Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
59 km (37 mi) → E Laruns Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
59 km (37 mi) ↗ NE Garlin Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
60 km (37 mi) → E Mirepeix Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
61 km (37 mi) → E Nousty Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
62 km (38 mi) → E Asson Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
62 km (38 mi) → E Coarraze Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
62 km (38 mi) → E Igon Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
62 km (38 mi) → E Bénéjacq Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
62 km (38 mi) ↗ NE Sainte-Marie-de-Gosse Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
63 km (39 mi) ↘ SE Garde Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
63 km (39 mi) → E Soumoulou Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
65 km (40 mi) → E Lestelle-Bétharram Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
66 km (41 mi) → E Montaut Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
67 km (42 mi) ↘ SE Ansó Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
69 km (43 mi) ↘ SE Fago Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
70 km (44 mi) → E Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
71 km (44 mi) → E Pontacq Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
71 km (44 mi) ↘ SE Echo Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
72 km (45 mi) ↓ S Navascués Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
72 km (44 mi) ↓ S Aoiz Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
74 km (46 mi) → E Ger Nouvelle-Aquitaine 🇫🇷 France
75 km (46 mi) ↓ S Castillonuevo Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
76 km (47 mi) ↘ SE Aragüés del Puerto Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
76 km (47 mi) ↓ S Salvatierra de Esca Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
77 km (48 mi) → E Ossun Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
77 km (48 mi) ↘ SE Jasa Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
79 km (49 mi) → E Lourdes Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
79 km (49 mi) ↘ SE Canfranc Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
80 km (49 mi) → E Argelès-Gazost Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
81 km (50 mi) ↓ S Sigüés Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
82 km (51 mi) ↘ SE Sallent de Gállego Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ↘ SE Villanúa Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ↘ SE Borau Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
83 km (51 mi) ↓ S Lumbier Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) ↓ S Yesa Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
84 km (52 mi) → E Pierrefitte-Nestalas Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
86 km (53 mi) ↓ S Liédena Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
86 km (53 mi) → E Cauterets Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
86 km (53 mi) ↓ S Artieda Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
86 km (53 mi) ↘ SE Mianos Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) ↓ S Javier Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) ↘ SE Castiello de Jaca Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ↓ S Undués de Lerda Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
90 km (56 mi) ↘ SE Bagüés Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
90 km (56 mi) ↘ SE Puente la Reina de Jaca Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
91 km (56 mi) ↘ SE Hoz de Jaca Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
91 km (56 mi) ↓ S Sangüesa/Zangoza Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
94 km (58 mi) ↓ S Urriés Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
94 km (58 mi) → E Luz-Saint-Sauveur Occitanie 🇫🇷 France
94 km (58 mi) ↘ SE Jaca Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↓ S Navardún Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↘ SE Bailo Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↘ SE Santa Cruz de la Serós Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
97 km (60 mi) ↘ SE Longás Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
97 km (60 mi) ↓ S Isuerre Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
98 km (60 mi) ↓ S Lobera de Onsella Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
98 km (61 mi) ↓ S Sos del Rey Católico Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
98 km (61 mi) ↓ S Cáseda Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ↘ SE Yésero Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
101 km (63 mi) ↓ S Petilla de Aragón Navarra 🇪🇸 Spain
105 km (65 mi) ↘ SE Sabiñánigo Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
108 km (67 mi) ↘ SE Biel Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
108 km (67 mi) ↘ SE Broto Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
110 km (68 mi) ↓ S Luesia Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
111 km (69 mi) ↘ SE Yebra de Basa Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
112 km (69 mi) ↓ S Uncastillo Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
112 km (69 mi) ↓ S Castiliscar Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
112 km (69 mi) ↘ SE Agüero Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
117 km (73 mi) ↘ SE Fiscal Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
119 km (74 mi) ↘ SE Loarre Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
120 km (74 mi) ↓ S Orés Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
120 km (74 mi) ↓ S Layana Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
120 km (74 mi) ↘ SE Santa Eulalia de Gállego Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
122 km (76 mi) ↘ SE Ayerbe Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
122 km (76 mi) ↓ S Sádaba Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
123 km (76 mi) ↓ S Biota Zaragoza 🇪🇸 Spain
123 km (76 mi) ↘ SE Arguis Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
125 km (78 mi) ↘ SE Loscorrales Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
126 km (78 mi) ↘ SE Biscarrués Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
128 km (80 mi) ↘ SE Nueno Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain
134 km (83 mi) ↘ SE Igriés Huesca 🇪🇸 Spain

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 40 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
8 km (5 mi) ↘ SE Charritte-de-Bas Hydro 9.4 MW
20 km (12 mi) ↑ N Orthez Hydro 1.6 MW
20 km (12 mi) ↑ N Baigts-de-Béarn Hydro 7.905 MW
27 km (16 mi) → E Poey-d'Oloron Hydro 1.236 MW
30 km (18 mi) ↗ NE Pardies Hydro 2.4 MW
35 km (21 mi) ↘ SE Licq-Atherey Hydro 27.4 MW
37 km (23 mi) → E Oloron-Sainte-Marie Hydro 5.7 MW
38 km (24 mi) ↓ S Larrau Hydro 10.673 MW
39 km (24 mi) ↘ SE Arette Hydro 1.228 MW
43 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Lourdios-Ichère Hydro 1.105 MW
43 km (26 mi) → E Lescar Biomass 5.85 MW
44 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Banca Hydro 3.78 MW
45 km (28 mi) → E Jurançon Hydro 1.129 MW
45 km (28 mi) → E Lons Solar 4.51518 MW
48 km (30 mi) ↗ NE Philondenx Solar 2.76294 MW
48 km (29 mi) → E Buzy Hydro 9.8 MW
48 km (30 mi) → E Arudy Hydro 1.148 MW
49 km (30 mi) → E Pau Solar 4.44248 MW
57 km (35 mi) ↗ NE Sévignacq Solar 4.57288 MW
58 km (36 mi) → E Aste-Béon Hydro 1.12 MW
58 km (36 mi) → E Castet Hydro 1.62 MW
60 km (37 mi) → E Mirepeix Hydro 1.4 MW
68 km (42 mi) ↘ SE Laruns Hydro 19.739 MW
68 km (42 mi) ↘ SE Artouste Hydro 88.0 MW
69 km (43 mi) → E Arbéost Hydro 2.0 MW
76 km (47 mi) → E Lourdes Hydro 1.2 MW
79 km (49 mi) ↓ S CENTRAL HIDRAULICA DOMENO Hydro 20.4 MW
79 km (49 mi) ↘ SE IP 1 Hydro 88.85 MW
80 km (49 mi) → E Agos-Vidalos Hydro 1.6 MW
82 km (51 mi) ↘ SE LA SARRA Hydro 24.0 MW
83 km (51 mi) ↓ S PARQUE EOLICO IBARGOITI Wind 22.44 MW
85 km (52 mi) → E Soulom Hydro 57.0 MW
89 km (55 mi) ↘ SE LANUZA 1 Hydro 52.69 MW
89 km (55 mi) → E Villelongue Hydro 8.2 MW
91 km (56 mi) ↓ S PARQUE EOLICO AIBAR Wind 33.84 MW
91 km (56 mi) ↓ S PARQUE EOLICO SALAJONES Wind 19.14 MW
96 km (59 mi) ↘ SE BIESCAS II 1 Hydro 61.4 MW
98 km (61 mi) ↓ S P.E. SOS DEL REY CATOLICO Wind 48.75 MW
101 km (63 mi) ↓ S P.E. SIERRA DE SELVA Wind 33.0 MW
134 km (83 mi) ↘ SE EL PUEYO Hydro 14.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 4 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 3.1 earthquake that struck 4 km SSW of Sauveterre-de-Béarn, France on December 02, 2008 11:48:41. These types were Solar power plants, Wind power plants, Hydro power plants, Biomass 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.

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 3.1 Earthquake Struck 4 km SSW of Sauveterre-de-Béarn, France on December 02, 2008 11:48:41
Date and Time
2008-12-02 11:48:41 (UTC)
Magnitude
3.1 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
5.0 km
Reports
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