Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake Struck 5 km WNW of Beckum, Germany on December 20, 2008 04:48:16Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:38:00
On December 20, 2008 04:48:16 an earthquake with magnitude of 3.0 on the richter scale hit 5 km WNW of Beckum, Germany. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 7.972° and latitude 51.780°. 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 20, 2008 04:48:16 had a magnitude of 3.0 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 Beckum in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, located 5 kilometers or 3 miles → E of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Ahlen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) located 6 km (3 mi) ↙ SW and Ennigerloh (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) located 7 km (4 mi) ↑ N of the epicenter.
In total, we found 218 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.
Nearby Power Plants
We found a total 42 utility-scale power plants in the vecinity of the earthquakes epicenter. Ranging form closest to furtherst, one of these is a neaclear power plant.
|11 km (6 mi)||↓ S||Westfalen||Coal||1049.0 MW|
|12 km (7 mi)||↓ S||Trianel Natural Gaskraftwerk||Gas||838.0 MW|
|19 km (11 mi)||↙ SW||MVA Hamm||Waste||14.6 MW|
|21 km (13 mi)||↙ SW||Gersteinwerk||Gas||2004.5 MW|
|29 km (18 mi)||↙ SW||Bergkamen power station||Coal||717.0 MW|
|29 km (18 mi)||← W||Heizkraftwerk Hafen||Gas||100.2 MW|
|29 km (18 mi)||↙ SW||BMKW Bergkamen||Biomass||17.7 MW|
|33 km (20 mi)||↗ NE||Energiezentrum Mohn Media||Gas||22.0 MW|
|33 km (20 mi)||↗ NE||KWK Gütersloh||Biomass||12.1 MW|
|38 km (23 mi)||↙ SW||BMK Lünen||Biomass||20.0 MW|
|39 km (24 mi)||↙ SW||Trianel Kohlekraftwerk Lünen||Coal||746.0 MW|
|39 km (24 mi)||↙ SW||Lünen power station (KSBG)||Coal||473.0 MW|
|43 km (27 mi)||↘ SE||Reno De Medici||Coal||19.0 MW|
|44 km (27 mi)||↙ SW||Dortmund||Gas||26.0 MW|
|45 km (28 mi)||↙ SW||Biomass Generator #14||Other||16.0 MW|
|46 km (28 mi)||↓ S||AMK - Abfallentsorgungsgesellschaft des Märkischen Kreises mbH||Waste||12.6 MW|
|51 km (32 mi)||↙ SW||Energiezentrale||Gas||11.1 MW|
|52 km (32 mi)||↓ S||Heizkraftwerk Hagen-Kabel||Gas||230.0 MW|
|53 km (33 mi)||↙ SW||BMHKW-RE Recklinghausen||Biomass||14.0 MW|
|54 km (33 mi)||↓ S||Koepchenwerk||Hydro||153.0 MW|
|58 km (36 mi)||↙ SW||HKW Hiltrop||Gas||44.0 MW|
|58 km (36 mi)||↓ S||Kraftwerk Werdohl-Elverlingsen||Coal||310.0 MW|
|59 km (37 mi)||↓ S||Biomasse-Verstromungs-Anlage||Biomass||20.0 MW|
|59 km (37 mi)||↙ SW||Herne power station||Coal||729.0 MW|
|60 km (37 mi)||↙ SW||RZR Herten II||Waste||29.6 MW|
|60 km (37 mi)||↙ SW||Chemiepark Marl power station||Coal||136.0 MW|
|61 km (38 mi)||↙ SW||Kraftwerk III||Gas||139.0 MW|
|61 km (38 mi)||↙ SW||Bochum||Gas||20.7 MW|
|61 km (38 mi)||↘ SE||Pumpspeicherwerk Rönkhausen||Hydro||138.0 MW|
|61 km (38 mi)||↙ SW||Kraftwerk II||Coal||296.2 MW|
|76 km (47 mi)||↓ S||Bigge||Hydro||15.0 MW|
|77 km (48 mi)||↓ S||HKW Barmen||Gas||82.0 MW|
|77 km (48 mi)||↓ S||Spitzenlastanlage Barmen||Oil||60.0 MW|
|83 km (51 mi)||↙ SW||Wuppertal-Elberfeld power station||Coal||85.0 MW|
|84 km (52 mi)||↓ S||Müllheizkraftwerk Wuppertal||Waste||30.0 MW|
|111 km (69 mi)||↓ S||HKW Merheim||Gas||15.8 MW|
|119 km (74 mi)||↓ S||Nauroth Solar Power Plant||Solar||8.5 MW|
|120 km (74 mi)||↘ SE||Biomass Generator #8||Biomass||14.0 MW|
|122 km (76 mi)||↓ S||Troisdorf Oberlar Solar Power Plant||Solar||3.5 MW|
|126 km (78 mi)||↘ SE||Driedorf Solar Power Plant||Solar||5.0 MW|
|131 km (81 mi)||↓ S||Heizkraftwerk Karlstraße 2||Gas||95.0 MW|
|131 km (81 mi)||↓ S||Heizkraftwerk Karlstraße 1||Waste||12.0 MW|
Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes
We found 8 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 3.0 earthquake that struck 5 km WNW of Beckum, Germany on December 20, 2008 04:48:16. These types were Solar power plants, Oil power plants, Coal power plants, Gas power plants, Waste power plants, Other 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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-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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Information found on this page is a derivative set, based on sources mentioned below.
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.
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.