Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake Struck 4 km WSW of Melouza, Algeria on May 23, 2010 13:28:16

Last Updated: 2022-07-16 14:01:03

On May 23, 2010 13:28:16 an earthquake with magnitude of 5.2 on the richter scale hit 4 km WSW of Melouza, Algeria. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 1.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 4.142° and latitude 35.962°. According to documented reports 4 people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on May 23, 2010 13:28:16 had a magnitude of 5.2 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 Melouza in Bordj Bou Arréridj, Algeria, located 4 kilometers or 2 miles ↗ NE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Sidi Aïssa (M'Sila, Algeria) located 34 km (21 mi) ↙ SW and ‘Aïn el Hadjel (M'Sila, Algeria) located 40 km (24 mi) ↓ S of the epicenter.

In total, we found 19 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
4 km (2 mi) ↗ NE Melouza Bordj Bou Arréridj 🇩🇿 Algeria
34 km (21 mi) ↙ SW Sidi Aïssa M'Sila 🇩🇿 Algeria
40 km (24 mi) ↓ S ‘Aïn el Hadjel M'Sila 🇩🇿 Algeria
45 km (28 mi) ← W Sour el Ghozlane Bouïra 🇩🇿 Algeria
50 km (31 mi) ↖ NW Bouïra Bouïra 🇩🇿 Algeria
55 km (34 mi) ← W Aïn Bessem Bouïra 🇩🇿 Algeria
65 km (40 mi) ↖ NW Tizi-n-Tleta Tizi Ouzou 🇩🇿 Algeria
66 km (41 mi) ↖ NW Boghni Tizi Ouzou 🇩🇿 Algeria
69 km (43 mi) ↖ NW Draa el Mizan Bouïra 🇩🇿 Algeria
88 km (55 mi) ↙ SW ’Aïn Boucif Médéa 🇩🇿 Algeria
90 km (56 mi) ↙ SW Birine Djelfa 🇩🇿 Algeria
112 km (69 mi) ← W Berrouaghia Médéa 🇩🇿 Algeria
114 km (71 mi) ← W Bougara Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria
121 km (75 mi) ← W Bouinan Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria
125 km (77 mi) ↙ SW Aïn Oussera Djelfa 🇩🇿 Algeria
126 km (78 mi) ← W Souma Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria
130 km (81 mi) ← W Beni Mered Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria
130 km (81 mi) ← W Blida Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria
131 km (81 mi) ← W Boû Arfa Blida 🇩🇿 Algeria

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 1 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
110 km (68 mi) ← W SKB IPP Gas 484.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 5.2 earthquake that struck 4 km WSW of Melouza, Algeria on May 23, 2010 13:28:16. These types were 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.

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.

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.


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 5.2 Earthquake Struck 4 km WSW of Melouza, Algeria on May 23, 2010 13:28:16
Date and Time
2010-05-23 13:28:16 (UTC)
5.2 Magnitude (richter scle)
1.0 km
4 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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