Magnitude 4.4 Earthquake Struck 7 km W of Santa Rosa del Conlara, Argentina on December 17, 2012 08:38:25

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:49:37

On December 17, 2012 08:38:25 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.4 on the richter scale hit 7 km W of Santa Rosa del Conlara, Argentina. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 20.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude -65.287° and latitude -32.342°. 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 17, 2012 08:38:25 had a magnitude of 4.4 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 Santa Rosa del Conlara in San Luis, Argentina, located 7 kilometers or 4 miles → E of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Merlo (San Luis, Argentina) located 25 km (15 mi) → E and Departamento de San Javier (Córdoba, Argentina) located 30 km (19 mi) ↑ N of the epicenter.

In total, we found 13 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
7 km (4 mi) → E Santa Rosa del Conlara San Luis 🇦🇷 Argentina
25 km (15 mi) → E Merlo San Luis 🇦🇷 Argentina
30 km (19 mi) ↑ N Departamento de San Javier Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
44 km (27 mi) ↑ N Villa Dolores Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
48 km (30 mi) ↑ N Villa Las Rosas Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
59 km (36 mi) ← W Candelaria San Luis 🇦🇷 Argentina
65 km (40 mi) ↑ N Departamento de San Alberto Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
70 km (43 mi) ↗ NE Villa Berna Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
73 km (45 mi) ↑ N Mina Clavero Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
75 km (46 mi) ↑ N Villa Cura Brochero Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
115 km (71 mi) ↑ N Salsacate Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
130 km (81 mi) ↑ N San Carlos Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina
149 km (92 mi) ↖ NW Departamento de Minas Córdoba 🇦🇷 Argentina

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
57 km (35 mi) ↑ N LA VIÑA Hydro 16.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck 7 km W of Santa Rosa del Conlara, Argentina on December 17, 2012 08:38:25. These types were 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 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.


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.

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 4.4 Earthquake Struck 7 km W of Santa Rosa del Conlara, Argentina on December 17, 2012 08:38:25
Date and Time
2012-12-17 08:38:25 (UTC)
4.4 Magnitude (richter scle)
20.0 km
0 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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