Magnitude 3.5 Earthquake Struck 2 km S of Monreal del Llano, Spain on December 16, 2008 13:48:21

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:37:58

On December 16, 2008 13:48:21 an earthquake with magnitude of 3.5 on the richter scale hit 2 km S of Monreal del Llano, Spain. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 15.3 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -2.758° and latitude 39.547°. 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 16, 2008 13:48:21 had a magnitude of 3.5 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 Monreal del Llano in Cuenca, Spain, located 2 kilometers or 1 miles ↖ NW of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Belmonte (Cuenca, Spain) located 4 km (2 mi) ↗ NE and Osa de la Vega (Cuenca, Spain) located 12 km (7 mi) ↖ NW of the epicenter.

In total, we found 227 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
2 km (1 mi) ↖ NW Monreal del Llano Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
4 km (2 mi) ↗ NE Belmonte Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
12 km (7 mi) ↖ NW Osa de la Vega Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
12 km (7 mi) ↗ NE Rada de Haro Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
17 km (10 mi) ↑ N Fuentelespino de Haro Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
17 km (10 mi) ↑ N Tresjuncos Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
19 km (12 mi) ↗ NE Carrascosa de Haro Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
22 km (14 mi) ↗ NE Villar de la Encina Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
24 km (15 mi) ↑ N Alconchel de la Estrella Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
26 km (16 mi) ↗ NE Villalgordo del Marquesado Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
27 km (16 mi) ↑ N Villarejo de Fuentes Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
28 km (17 mi) ↗ NE Santa María del Campo Rus Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
29 km (18 mi) ↗ NE Pinarejo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
30 km (18 mi) ↗ NE Montalbanejo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
30 km (19 mi) ↑ N Villar de Cañas Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
30 km (19 mi) ↖ NW Almonacid del Marquesado Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
32 km (20 mi) → E San Clemente Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
34 km (21 mi) ↗ NE Castillo de Garcimuñoz Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
37 km (23 mi) ↑ N Montalbo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
39 km (24 mi) ↗ NE Cervera del Llano Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
39 km (24 mi) ↑ N Villares del Saz Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
40 km (24 mi) ↗ NE Torrubia del Castillo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (25 mi) ↗ NE Honrubia Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (26 mi) ↗ NE Olivares de Júcar Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
41 km (25 mi) ↖ NW Saelices Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
42 km (26 mi) → E Vara de Rey Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
42 km (26 mi) ↑ N Zafra de Záncara Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
43 km (27 mi) → E Atalaya del Cañavate Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
45 km (28 mi) ↑ N Villarejo-Periesteban Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (28 mi) ↑ N Palomares del Campo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
46 km (29 mi) ↗ NE Belmontejo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
47 km (29 mi) ↑ N San Lorenzo de la Parrilla Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
48 km (30 mi) ↗ NE Villaverde y Pasaconsol Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↖ NW Rozalén del Monte Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
49 km (30 mi) ↗ NE Valverde de Júcar Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) → E Sisante Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
50 km (31 mi) → E Tébar Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
51 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Buenache de Alarcón Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Hontecillas Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↗ NE Mota de Altarejos Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↑ N Torrejoncillo del Rey Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↑ N Altarejos Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
53 km (33 mi) ↗ NE Albaladejo del Cuende Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
54 km (33 mi) ↑ N Huerta de la Obispalía Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
56 km (35 mi) ↑ N Fresneda de Altarejos Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
56 km (35 mi) ↗ NE Olmedilla de Alarcón Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
57 km (35 mi) ↗ NE Alarcón Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
57 km (35 mi) ↖ NW Alcázar del Rey Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
60 km (37 mi) ↗ NE Barchín del Hoyo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) ↗ NE Piqueras del Castillo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
62 km (38 mi) ↑ N Pineda de Gigüela Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
63 km (39 mi) ↗ NE Valhermoso de la Fuente Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
64 km (39 mi) ↗ NE Valverdejo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
64 km (39 mi) ↗ NE Olmeda del Rey Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
66 km (41 mi) ↗ NE Chumillas Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
66 km (41 mi) ↑ N Huete Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
67 km (41 mi) ↑ N Villarejo de la Peñuela Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
70 km (44 mi) ↑ N Villar de Olalla Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
71 km (44 mi) → E Villanueva de la Jara Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
71 km (44 mi) ↗ NE Gabaldón Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
75 km (46 mi) ↗ NE Motilla del Palancar Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
77 km (47 mi) ↑ N Chillarón de Cuenca Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
77 km (48 mi) ↗ NE Almodóvar del Pinar Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ↗ NE Monteagudo de las Salinas Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ↗ NE Fuentes Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
78 km (48 mi) ↑ N Cuenca Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
82 km (51 mi) ↗ NE Campillo de Altobuey Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
85 km (52 mi) → E Castillejo de Iniesta Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
85 km (53 mi) ↗ NE Reíllo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
85 km (53 mi) ↗ NE Paracuellos Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
86 km (53 mi) ↑ N Mariana Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
86 km (53 mi) ↑ N Gascueña Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
86 km (53 mi) ↗ NE Arguisuelas Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
86 km (53 mi) ↑ N Villar de Domingo García Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
86 km (53 mi) ↑ N Bascuñana de San Pedro Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
86 km (54 mi) ↗ NE Cañada del Hoyo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) ↑ N Tinajas Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
87 km (54 mi) → E Iniesta Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
88 km (55 mi) ↑ N Olmedilla de Eliz Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
88 km (54 mi) ↑ N Olmeda de la Cuesta Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ↑ N Castillo-Albaráñez Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
89 km (55 mi) ↑ N Villalba del Rey Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
90 km (56 mi) ↑ N Arrancacepas Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
90 km (55 mi) ↗ NE Carboneras de Guadazaón Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
91 km (56 mi) ↑ N Buendía Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
91 km (56 mi) ↑ N Buciegas Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
92 km (57 mi) ↗ NE Yémeda Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
93 km (58 mi) → E Graja de Iniesta Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
93 km (57 mi) ↑ N Torralba Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
93 km (58 mi) ↗ NE Puebla del Salvador Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
94 km (58 mi) ↗ NE Pajarón Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
94 km (58 mi) ↑ N Canalejas del Arroyo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↗ NE Cardenete Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) → E Villarta Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↑ N Villalba de la Sierra Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↑ N Cañaveras Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
95 km (59 mi) ↑ N Cañaveruelas Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
96 km (59 mi) ↑ N Zarzuela Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
96 km (60 mi) → E Villalpardo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
97 km (60 mi) ↑ N Alcohujate Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
98 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Pajaroncillo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
99 km (62 mi) ↑ N Albalate de las Nogueras Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
99 km (61 mi) → E Minglanilla Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
99 km (61 mi) ↗ NE Valdemorillo de la Sierra Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ↑ N Uña Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ↑ N Portilla Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
100 km (62 mi) ↗ NE Enguídanos Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
102 km (63 mi) ↗ NE Villar del Humo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
102 km (63 mi) ↑ N San Pedro Palmiches Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
102 km (63 mi) ↑ N Villaconejos de Trabaque Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
103 km (64 mi) ↑ N Sacedón Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
103 km (64 mi) ↑ N Villar del Infantado Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
103 km (64 mi) ↑ N Alcocer Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
104 km (64 mi) ↑ N Arcos de la Sierra Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
104 km (65 mi) ↗ NE Valdemoro-Sierra Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
106 km (65 mi) ↑ N Castillejo-Sierra Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
106 km (66 mi) ↗ NE Beamud Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
107 km (66 mi) ↑ N Fresneda de la Sierra Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
107 km (67 mi) ↑ N Millana Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
107 km (67 mi) ↖ NW Auñón Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
107 km (66 mi) ↑ N Priego Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
108 km (67 mi) ↗ NE Boniches Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
108 km (67 mi) ↑ N Albendea Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
109 km (67 mi) ↗ NE Campillos-Sierra Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
109 km (68 mi) ↑ N Cañamares Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
109 km (68 mi) ↗ NE Cañete Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
109 km (67 mi) ↗ NE San Martín de Boniches Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
109 km (68 mi) ↑ N Valdeolivas Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
111 km (69 mi) ↑ N Arandilla del Arroyo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
112 km (69 mi) ↑ N Pareja Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
112 km (70 mi) ↗ NE Huérguina Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
112 km (70 mi) ↑ N Escamilla Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
112 km (70 mi) ↗ NE Narboneta Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
113 km (70 mi) ↑ N Salmerón Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
113 km (70 mi) ↗ NE Huerta del Marquesado Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
113 km (70 mi) ↖ NW Berninches Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
113 km (70 mi) → E Villargordo del Cabriel Valencia 🇪🇸 Spain
114 km (71 mi) ↑ N Alocén Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
114 km (71 mi) ↑ N Huélamo Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
114 km (71 mi) ↗ NE Henarejos Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
114 km (71 mi) ↑ N Fuertescusa Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
114 km (70 mi) ↗ NE Campillos-Paravientos Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
114 km (71 mi) ↗ NE Valdemeca Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
114 km (71 mi) ↗ NE Mira Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
115 km (71 mi) ↑ N Castilforte Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
116 km (72 mi) ↑ N Alique Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
116 km (72 mi) ↗ NE Laguna del Marquesado Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
116 km (72 mi) ↗ NE Tejadillos Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
117 km (73 mi) ↗ NE Fuentelespino de Moya Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
117 km (72 mi) ↑ N Alcantud Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
117 km (72 mi) ↑ N Chillarón del Rey Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
118 km (73 mi) ↑ N Cañizares Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
119 km (74 mi) ↑ N Mantiel Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
119 km (74 mi) ↑ N Durón Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
119 km (73 mi) ↗ NE Alcalá de la Vega Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
119 km (74 mi) ↗ NE Salinas del Manzano Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
120 km (74 mi) ↑ N Vindel Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
120 km (74 mi) ↖ NW Budia Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
121 km (75 mi) ↑ N Vega del Codorno Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
121 km (75 mi) ↑ N Peralveche Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
121 km (75 mi) ↗ NE Zafrilla Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
122 km (76 mi) ↑ N Santa María del Val Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
123 km (76 mi) ↗ NE Algarra Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
123 km (76 mi) ↗ NE Salvacañete Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
125 km (77 mi) ↗ NE Casas de Garcimolina Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
126 km (78 mi) ↑ N Lagunaseca Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
126 km (78 mi) ↑ N Carrascosa Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
127 km (79 mi) ↑ N Masegosa Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
127 km (79 mi) ↑ N Beteta Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
128 km (79 mi) ↑ N Arbeteta Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
128 km (80 mi) ↑ N Guadalaviar Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
129 km (80 mi) ↑ N Henche Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
129 km (80 mi) ↑ N Trillo Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
130 km (81 mi) ↑ N Cueva del Hierro Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
131 km (81 mi) ↑ N Valsalobre Cuenca 🇪🇸 Spain
131 km (81 mi) ↗ NE Frías de Albarracín Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
132 km (82 mi) ↑ N Griegos Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
132 km (82 mi) ↑ N Villar del Cobo Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
133 km (82 mi) ↑ N Valtablado del Río Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
133 km (82 mi) ↑ N Villanueva de Alcorón Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
133 km (83 mi) ↑ N Solanillos del Extremo Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
135 km (84 mi) ↗ NE Terriente Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
135 km (84 mi) ↗ NE Moscardón Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
136 km (84 mi) ↗ NE Calomarde Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
136 km (85 mi) ↑ N Peralejos de las Truchas Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
136 km (84 mi) ↑ N Poveda de la Sierra Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
137 km (85 mi) ↑ N Armallones Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
137 km (85 mi) ↑ N Peñalén Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
138 km (86 mi) ↗ NE Jabaloyas Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
139 km (86 mi) ↑ N Ocentejo Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
140 km (87 mi) ↗ NE Tramacastilla Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
140 km (87 mi) ↗ NE Royuela Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
141 km (88 mi) ↑ N Chequilla Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
141 km (88 mi) ↑ N Checa Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
142 km (88 mi) ↗ NE Saldón Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
142 km (88 mi) ↑ N Orea Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
142 km (88 mi) ↑ N Megina Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
142 km (88 mi) ↗ NE Valdecuenca Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
143 km (88 mi) ↗ NE Torres de Albarracín Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
143 km (88 mi) ↑ N Zaorejas Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
144 km (89 mi) ↑ N Taravilla Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
146 km (90 mi) ↑ N Pinilla de Molina Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
146 km (90 mi) ↑ N Bronchales Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
146 km (90 mi) ↑ N Baños de Tajo Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
146 km (90 mi) ↑ N Orihuela del Tremedal Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
146 km (91 mi) ↑ N Terzaga Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
147 km (91 mi) ↗ NE Albarracín Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
147 km (91 mi) ↑ N Alcoroches Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
149 km (92 mi) ↑ N Fuembellida Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
150 km (93 mi) ↗ NE Monterde de Albarracín Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
151 km (93 mi) ↑ N Alustante Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
151 km (93 mi) ↑ N Tierzo Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
152 km (94 mi) ↑ N Piqueras Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
155 km (96 mi) ↑ N Adobes Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
156 km (97 mi) ↑ N Torrecuadrada de Molina Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
156 km (97 mi) ↑ N Torremochuela Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
157 km (97 mi) ↑ N Pozondón Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
158 km (98 mi) ↑ N Anquela del Pedregal Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
159 km (99 mi) ↑ N Tordesilos Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
160 km (99 mi) ↑ N Tordellego Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
161 km (100 mi) ↑ N Ródenas Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
162 km (101 mi) ↑ N Almohaja Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
163 km (101 mi) ↑ N Setiles Guadalajara 🇪🇸 Spain
163 km (101 mi) ↑ N Peracense Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
165 km (102 mi) ↑ N Villar del Salz Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
170 km (105 mi) ↑ N Ojos Negros Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain
172 km (107 mi) ↑ N Pozuel del Campo Teruel 🇪🇸 Spain

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 35 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
12 km (7 mi) ↖ NW Dulcinea Solar 31.8 MW
12 km (7 mi) ↖ NW TRATAMIENTO DE PURINES OSA DE LA VEGA Waste 14.6 MW
35 km (22 mi) ↑ N Villar de Cañas Solar 9.8 MW
44 km (27 mi) → E PARQUE EOLICO LOMILLA I Wind 33.0 MW
48 km (29 mi) → E PARQUE EOLICO LOMILLA II Wind 70.5 MW
50 km (31 mi) → E P. E. CUESTA COLORADA Wind 49.5 MW
50 km (31 mi) → E PARQUE EOLICO CALDERON Wind 18.0 MW
50 km (31 mi) → E P. E. CERRO DEL PALO Wind 49.5 MW
50 km (31 mi) → E P. E. LAS LOMILLAS Wind 49.5 MW
50 km (31 mi) → E PARQUE EOLICO LA MOLATA Wind 17.25 MW
50 km (31 mi) → E P.E. CERRO DEL CALDERON Wind 49.5 MW
50 km (31 mi) → E P.E. LA MUELA I Wind 49.5 MW
50 km (31 mi) → E PARQUE EOLICO LAS LOMILLAS Wind 12.0 MW
57 km (35 mi) ↗ NE C.H. EN ALARCON Hydro 15.89 MW
57 km (35 mi) ↗ NE Olmedilla de Alarcón Solar 10.0 MW
58 km (36 mi) → E PARQUE EOLICO EL PICAZO Wind 50.0 MW
58 km (36 mi) → E P.E. EL PICAZO Wind 14.0 MW
58 km (36 mi) ↗ NE Olmedilla Solar 60.0 MW
58 km (36 mi) ↗ NE Olmedilla de Alarcón 6MW Solar 6.0 MW
72 km (45 mi) → E Villanueva de la Jara Solar 5.2 MW
82 km (51 mi) ↗ NE PARQUE EOLICO LA MAZA Wind 22.95 MW
82 km (51 mi) ↗ NE P. E. MAZA Wind 49.5 MW
82 km (51 mi) ↗ NE P. E. CALLEJAS Wind 49.5 MW
89 km (55 mi) ↑ N Olmeda de la Cuesta Solar 7.6 MW
90 km (56 mi) → E Iniesta Solar 5.0 MW
91 km (56 mi) ↑ N BUENDIA GRUPO 1 Hydro 54.45 MW
99 km (61 mi) → E CONTRERAS II 1 Hydro 13.99 MW
102 km (63 mi) ↗ NE P.E. PICO COLLALBAS Wind 30.0 MW
107 km (67 mi) ↖ NW ENTREPENAS GRUPO 1 Hydro 40.8 MW
115 km (71 mi) ↗ NE PENA MIRA Wind 36.55 MW
128 km (80 mi) ↑ N TRILLO Nuclear 1003.41 MW
136 km (85 mi) ↑ N P.E.EL ROBLECILLO DE ARRIBA Wind 49.8 MW
163 km (101 mi) ↑ N PARQUE EOLICO SIERRA MENERA II Wind 39.95 MW
163 km (101 mi) ↑ N P.E. SIERRA LACERA Wind 36.9 MW
166 km (103 mi) ↑ N P.E. CALARES Wind 50.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 5 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 3.5 earthquake that struck 2 km S of Monreal del Llano, Spain on December 16, 2008 13:48:21. These types were Nuclear power plants, Solar power plants, Wind power plants, Waste power plants, Hydro 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."

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

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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 3.5 Earthquake Struck 2 km S of Monreal del Llano, Spain on December 16, 2008 13:48:21
Date and Time
2008-12-16 13:48:21 (UTC)
Magnitude
3.5 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
15.3 km
Reports
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