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The chance of earthquake damage in Abilene is about the same as Kansas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Abilene is lower than Kansas average and is much higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #194

Abilene, KS
0.03
Kansas
0.05
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Abilene, KS
0.0000
Kansas
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #427

Abilene, KS
217.06
Kansas
252.53
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 4,177 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Abilene, KS were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:5Cold:8Dense Fog:9Drought:4
Dust Storm:0Flood:223Hail:2,288Heat:21Heavy Snow:25
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:12Landslide:0Strong Wind:43
Thunderstorm Winds:1,367Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:53Winter Weather:28
Other:90 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Abilene, KS.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Abilene, KS.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Abilene, KS.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 70 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Abilene, KS.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
0.71972-04-30338°55'N / 97°14'W1.50 Miles300 Yards06250K0Dickinson
2.81964-06-21238°57'N / 97°11'W000K0Dickinson
6.21964-06-21338°57'N / 97°22'W39°02'N / 97°14'W8.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Dickinson
9.01959-12-26239°02'N / 97°19'W2.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Dickinson
10.32008-06-11338°54'N / 97°07'W38°59'N / 96°57'W13.00 Miles880 Yards1320.2M0KDickinson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is the first segment of a tornado that moved through 2 counties. This tornado continued northeast out of Dickinson County and dissipated shortly after entering Geary County. The tornado first touched down at a farmstead to the north-northwest of the town of Enterprise. A grain bin was destroyed, and some tree damage was observed. Damage was also noted to another farmstead where a grain bin was destroyed, as were a center pivot and several power poles. The tornado then entered Chapman on the southwest side. It was reported that 70 homes were completely destroyed, and 215 damaged. In all, three-quarters of the buildings in town sustained damage. Two churches were demolished. The town's middle school and high school were both severely damaged. Approximately 100 residents were in the locker rooms of the high school seeking shelter from the storm when the tornado struck. Trees across town were twisted and nearly stripped of their leaves and branches. For the most part, the downtown business section received only minor damage. Once outside the town, another farmstead was hit which damaged trees and outbuildings before lifting to the northeast of town. Debris from the town was littered for several miles east of the town. Dozens of individuals sustained minor injuries. Three were critically injured. One death was reported when a tree was blown onto a woman who had just put here daughter into the carseat of her vehicle. Thousands of volunteers took part in the clean-up effort over the next few weeks. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two long lived supercells wreaked havoc across portions of north central and northeast Kansas on the night of June 11th. Three significant tornadoes touched down, caused millions of dollars in damage, killed two, and critically injured three citizens. The town of Chapman saw the most extensive damage. Approximately three-quarters of the town were damaged by the tornado that passed through. Numerous homes were demolished, as were both the middle school and high school. One death occured, as a result of a tree having fallen onto a young woman oustide her car, who had just placed her daughter into her car seat. The most severe, but more localized damage occurred in the Miller Ranch neighborhood in Manhattan, where several homes were completely destroyed. Several buildings on the Kansas StiThe Soldier, Kansas tornado was responsible for the other death. A man was killed in his mobile home when it flipped several times and was found a few miles from it's original location. The unoccupied home a few hundred feet from the mobile home went virtually untouched. Thousands of citizens turned up over the next few weeks to help with the clean-up effort in both Chapman and Manhattan.
12.51973-09-25338°58'N / 97°28'W39°05'N / 97°22'W9.40 Miles100 Yards1225.0M0Ottawa
14.01973-09-25339°05'N / 97°22'W39°08'N / 97°18'W4.70 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Dickinson
15.81951-05-21239°02'N / 96°58'W000K0Geary
16.71960-04-13238°54'N / 97°32'W1.00 Mile150 Yards003K0Saline
17.21950-07-01238°42'N / 97°05'W0025K0Dickinson
18.72008-06-11338°45'N / 97°40'W38°51'N / 97°24'W16.00 Miles225 Yards002.6M0KSaline
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Widespread damage was noted to several homes, businesses, and trees along the tornadoes path. One cabinet making business had a 10000 square foot section of roof removed, with a total of 20000 square feet of damage to the structure as a sprinkler main broke pouring water onto the factory floor. Several homes sustained damage due to garage doors collapsing in the wind and ultimately lifting the roofs off of the homes. One home sustained slightly more damage than the rest, as two exterior walls were also blown out. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Supercell thunderstorms erupted along a strong cold front across Central Kansas. The supercell storms produced destructive hail and damaging winds, along with tornadoes across Central, Kansas. A few strong tornadoes touched down just south of Salina, Kansas. The supercells would continue to track to the northeast and eventually produce the tornadoes that would hit Chapman, Kansas and Manhattan, Kansas.
18.91966-06-08239°08'N / 97°09'W39°13'N / 97°01'W8.90 Miles100 Yards0025K0Clay
19.91960-05-16239°12'N / 97°20'W0.30 Mile100 Yards0025K0Clay
20.01952-08-14238°41'N / 97°01'W1.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Dickinson
21.71962-06-24238°51'N / 97°37'W0.50 Mile27 Yards003K0Saline
21.91973-09-25339°03'N / 97°35'W39°18'N / 97°22'W20.70 Miles67 Yards0225.0M0Ottawa
23.01973-09-25338°37'N / 97°46'W38°58'N / 97°28'W29.00 Miles100 Yards0625.0M0Saline
23.11973-09-25339°08'N / 97°18'W39°23'N / 97°07'W19.80 Miles100 Yards02025.0M0Clay
23.21969-06-21338°49'N / 97°38'W2.00 Miles100 Yards06025.0M0Saline
23.41959-05-04239°15'N / 97°23'W39°15'N / 97°18'W3.80 Miles100 Yards00250K0Ottawa
25.12007-05-05239°04'N / 97°36'W39°13'N / 97°36'W11.00 Miles100 Yards150K0KOttawa
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near the intersection of Granite Rd and 190th Rd approximately 3 miles south of the Ottawa State Fishing Lake. It lifted approximately 11 miles north of it's touchdown point, at Rifle Rd between 200th and 210th Rds. 38 structures were destroyed or damaged; including homes, mobile homes, cabins, outbuildings, and small cottages. A mobile home that was anchored to the ground was totally destroyed by the tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An upper level low pressure system remained relatively stationary over the Central Plains Saturday through Monday, May 5th through May 7th. Severe weather swept across Northeast Kansas during the late evening hours the 5th, and the early morning of the 6th. Hail, strong winds, and tornadoes were all observed over the course of the evening. An F2 tornado that ripped across Ottawa County killed one woman, and injured one other when their mobile home was demolished. At least three other people were confirmed to have been injured during the tornado. NWS Storm Surveys the following day confirmed that damage was created by both tornadoes and strong winds across portions of northeast Kansas, but 6 tornadoes were confirmed. Cloud county qualified for FEMA funds.
25.61951-05-25339°16'N / 97°11'W39°19'N / 97°08'W4.10 Miles440 Yards10250K0Clay
25.81953-06-19238°36'N / 97°04'W38°36'N / 96°54'W8.80 Miles33 Yards0025K0Marion
26.01979-10-18239°11'N / 97°38'W39°17'N / 97°22'W15.80 Miles400 Yards0025K0Pawnee
27.41990-03-13238°36'N / 96°58'W38°54'N / 96°34'W30.00 Miles220 Yards002.5M0Morris
28.01992-06-15238°33'N / 97°30'W38°33'N / 97°21'W7.00 Miles73 Yards0025K0Mcpherson
29.01990-03-13238°28'N / 97°05'W38°36'N / 96°58'W10.00 Miles220 Yards002.5M0Marion
29.61954-04-05239°11'N / 96°55'W39°17'N / 96°46'W10.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Geary
29.71966-06-08339°04'N / 96°46'W39°16'N / 96°46'W13.80 Miles660 Yards0502.5M0Riley
29.91990-05-24338°29'N / 97°22'W38°30'N / 97°02'W18.00 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Marion
30.21979-10-18239°17'N / 97°22'W39°26'N / 96°58'W23.70 Miles400 Yards0112.5M0Clay
30.41973-09-26239°21'N / 97°05'W2.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Clay
33.51973-09-25239°18'N / 97°36'W39°21'N / 97°33'W4.30 Miles67 Yards00250K0Cloud
33.81971-06-06338°48'N / 96°37'W2.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Morris
35.62008-06-11439°07'N / 96°42'W39°12'N / 96°34'W9.00 Miles440 Yards000K0KRiley
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down to the southwest of Manahattan on a farm, and first destroyed a large machine shed, and threw a grain cart into an adjacent field. The tornado tracked to the northeast and destroyed several homes that were in the process of being built. Then, the tornado entered the Miller Ranch area of Manhattan, where the EF-4 damage was observed. Fifteen well built homes were completely destroyed. Nearby in the Amherst residential area, approximately thirty homes were damaged. A local newspaper reported that 45 residences in Manhattan were destroyed, 142 were damaged, and 637 were affected by the tornado. Ninety three apartments or duplexes, twenty mobile homes, and ten total businesses were impacted. Thereafter, the windows at the Little Apple Honda/Toyota car dealership were blown out, and several cars on the lots were tossed. A nearby hardware store and several self-storage units were demolished. Other nearby businesses were also damaged. The Lee Elementary School was then damaged. The tornado continued toward the Kansas State University campus. There, the roof was blown off a fraternity house, windows were blown out of buildings, the USDA Wind Erosion Labratory roof was damaged, and debris from damage to the southwest was blown across the campus. Summer classes at the University were shuffled around to find appropriate, undamaged buildings to hold summer students. New student orientation was also going on the week the tornado struck. It was reported that $20 million dollars in damage was done to the KSU campus alone. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two long lived supercells wreaked havoc across portions of north central and northeast Kansas on the night of June 11th. Three significant tornadoes touched down, caused millions of dollars in damage, killed two, and critically injured three citizens. The town of Chapman saw the most extensive damage. Approximately three-quarters of the town were damaged by the tornado that passed through. Numerous homes were demolished, as were both the middle school and high school. One death occured, as a result of a tree having fallen onto a young woman oustide her car, who had just placed her daughter into her car seat. The most severe, but more localized damage occurred in the Miller Ranch neighborhood in Manhattan, where several homes were completely destroyed. Several buildings on the Kansas StiThe Soldier, Kansas tornado was responsible for the other death. A man was killed in his mobile home when it flipped several times and was found a few miles from it's original location. The unoccupied home a few hundred feet from the mobile home went virtually untouched. Thousands of citizens turned up over the next few weeks to help with the clean-up effort in both Chapman and Manhattan.
36.61990-05-24338°31'N / 97°54'W38°29'N / 97°22'W30.00 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Mcpherson
37.51974-03-07238°38'N / 96°42'W38°41'N / 96°32'W9.40 Miles220 Yards00250K0Morris
37.61990-03-13238°54'N / 96°34'W38°56'N / 96°29'W5.00 Miles220 Yards002.5M0Geary
38.61955-04-27238°23'N / 97°37'W38°29'N / 97°31'W8.70 Miles100 Yards0025K0Mcpherson
38.91973-09-25339°23'N / 97°07'W39°34'N / 97°02'W13.30 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Clay
38.91970-05-08239°02'N / 97°58'W39°09'N / 97°52'W9.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Lincoln
39.61992-06-15339°17'N / 97°50'W39°17'N / 97°46'W3.00 Miles800 Yards00250K0Ottawa
40.31969-06-17238°40'N / 96°36'W38°42'N / 96°29'W6.20 Miles37 Yards06250K0Morris
40.81990-03-13238°56'N / 96°29'W39°01'N / 96°27'W10.00 Miles220 Yards002.5M0Wabaunsee
41.01992-06-15438°22'N / 97°40'W38°27'N / 97°32'W6.00 Miles73 Yards01025.0M0Mcpherson
41.11973-09-25239°29'N / 97°20'W39°33'N / 97°15'W5.90 Miles67 Yards00250K0Clay
41.31974-03-07238°41'N / 96°32'W38°44'N / 96°29'W4.50 Miles220 Yards00250K0Morris
41.81973-09-25238°32'N / 97°49'W00250K0Mcpherson
41.91990-03-13538°13'N / 97°20'W38°25'N / 97°10'W16.00 Miles1320 Yards1025.0M0Marion
42.01960-11-27238°23'N / 97°35'W003K0Mcpherson
42.61974-03-07238°44'N / 96°29'W38°48'N / 96°26'W5.10 Miles220 Yards00250K0Wabaunsee
43.01964-04-20239°27'N / 97°05'W39°36'N / 96°57'W12.40 Miles50 Yards0025K0Clay
43.21965-06-21239°16'N / 96°33'W0025K0Pottawatomie
43.41957-05-20239°28'N / 97°38'W000K0Cloud
44.61996-05-09239°34'N / 97°19'W39°34'N / 97°17'W1.50 Miles100 Yards00300K40KWashington
 Brief Description: A tornado hit along the Clay-Washington county line moving east through mainly the city of Vining, beginning about 1.5 West of town and ending about 1/2 mile eastnortheast. Some damage was also noted in Clifton. There were about 25 buildings damaged in Vining including a large grain elevator complex with many trees downed or uprooted. A few buildings had their roofs torn completely off. Wind damage also occurred just north of Vining on a couple of farm homes and buildings. There were no injuries.
45.11985-08-17338°48'N / 96°24'W2.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Wabaunsee
45.91970-03-02238°10'N / 97°11'W38°22'N / 97°01'W16.40 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Ellsworth
46.41964-04-22238°17'N / 97°29'W003K0Mcpherson
46.41954-08-05238°10'N / 97°07'W38°23'N / 96°53'W19.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Marion
46.41957-05-20239°31'N / 97°38'W000K0Cloud
46.41957-05-20239°31'N / 97°38'W000K0Cloud
47.01973-09-25339°18'N / 97°22'W39°54'N / 96°52'W49.20 Miles67 Yards0025.0M0Cloud
47.11973-09-25338°21'N / 98°01'W38°37'N / 97°46'W22.70 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Rice
47.41956-07-15339°12'N / 98°06'W39°12'N / 97°58'W7.10 Miles880 Yards00250K0Lincoln
48.01967-06-09239°31'N / 97°39'W39°39'N / 97°22'W17.50 Miles1320 Yards002.5M0Cloud
48.41974-05-13238°09'N / 97°42'W38°22'N / 97°19'W25.60 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Mcpherson
48.91967-06-09239°27'N / 97°55'W39°31'N / 97°39'W14.80 Miles1320 Yards152.5M0Cloud
48.91960-11-27339°33'N / 97°39'W2.00 Miles167 Yards02250K0Cloud
49.41957-05-20339°34'N / 97°34'W39°38'N / 97°29'W6.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Cloud
49.91950-06-08438°20'N / 97°55'W38°20'N / 97°36'W17.10 Miles700 Yards15250K0Mcpherson


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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