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The chance of earthquake damage in Agawam is lower than Massachusetts average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Agawam is higher than Massachusetts average and is higher than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #434

Agawam, MA
0.23
Massachusetts
0.70
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

Agawam, MA
0.0000
Massachusetts
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, #6

Agawam, MA
149.14
Massachusetts
87.60
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 3,696 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Agawam, MA were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:2Cold:10Dense Fog:0Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:372Hail:888Heat:27Heavy Snow:53
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:5Landslide:0Strong Wind:77
Thunderstorm Winds:1,893Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:18Winter Weather:4
Other:347 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Agawam, MA.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Agawam, MA.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 53 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Agawam, MA.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
3.31975-07-24242°06'N / 72°40'W0.30 Mile33 Yards0025K0Hampden
7.61979-10-03441°53'N / 72°40'W42°03'N / 72°42'W11.30 Miles1400 Yards3500250.0M0Hartford
11.71966-08-11242°12'N / 72°38'W42°16'N / 72°33'W5.60 Miles67 Yards00250K0Hampden
13.01954-05-10341°55'N / 72°28'W0.30 Mile33 Yards0225K0Tolland
13.91965-08-19241°58'N / 72°28'W41°56'N / 72°20'W6.60 Miles120 Yards0025K0Tolland
14.21954-05-10242°00'N / 72°53'W0.80 Mile17 Yards003K0Hartford
17.31958-08-14242°19'N / 72°38'W1.00 Mile67 Yards00250K0Hampshire
18.51961-07-21242°22'N / 72°38'W42°18'N / 72°34'W4.90 Miles167 Yards0025K0Hampshire
18.61971-09-13342°20'N / 72°40'W0.50 Mile7 Yards0025K0Hampshire
19.01973-09-06241°48'N / 72°32'W41°49'N / 72°27'W3.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Hartford
20.11958-09-07241°54'N / 72°18'W1.30 Miles100 Yards02250K0Tolland
23.51951-08-20241°52'N / 72°15'W0025K0Tolland
23.71973-08-31241°44'N / 72°44'W0025K0Hartford
23.71963-05-20242°24'N / 72°36'W42°25'N / 72°34'W0025K0Franklin
25.51955-07-05242°26'N / 72°34'W003K0Franklin
26.71976-06-30242°00'N / 73°08'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Litchfield
27.61966-08-11242°03'N / 73°14'W42°06'N / 73°05'W8.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Berkshire
28.01997-07-03242°11'N / 73°10'W42°14'N / 73°06'W3.70 Miles600 Yards001.5M0Berkshire
 Brief Description: On July 3, a fast moving cold front crossed Berkshire County during the afternoon and evening hours. The front initiated four tornadoes. The Richmond F1 tornado is a continuation of the F2 tornado which occurred in Columbia County. This tornado downed trees and produced minor damage to one house as it diminished in the Richmond area. The tornado in the Town of Florida began at the intersection of South County Road and Savoy Road. The F1 tornado tracked eastward and terminated just south of Florida near state route 2. The tornado removed all the shingles off the roof of a residence and a prefabricated steeple was blown off a church. Many trees were also downed along its path. The F2 tornado which began in the Monterey area started at the intersection of Wellman Road and New Marlborough Road. The tornado tracked northeast across state route 23 and Lake Garfield to Hayes Pond where it merged with the second tornado. At the north end of Hayes Pond the tornado diminished. This tornado downed hundreds of trees, damaged ten to twenty homes and destroyed two vehicles. The damage was most extensive along the north shore of Lake Garfield at Elephant Rock Road, Hopi Road, Mt. Hunger Road and Norwalk Acres Road. The second F2 tornado began near the intersection of Tyringham Road and West Center Road. It then tracked across Hayes Pond where it momentarily merged with the other tornado. The tornado then proceeded northeast where it ended near the intersection of state route 8 and Merrit Road. This tornado produced extensive tree damage, destroyed one vehicle and damaged fifteen to twenty homes. The most extensive damage occurred along West Center Road near Hayes Pond. Baseball size hail was also observed at Hayes Pond with this storm. Two people were struck by lightning at the Great Barrington Fairgrouds. They were both hospitalized and released.
29.31963-05-20242°18'N / 72°12'W42°21'N / 72°08'W3.80 Miles17 Yards0025K0Worcester
29.31984-07-05241°40'N / 72°57'W41°43'N / 72°50'W3.00 Miles200 Yards000K0Hartford
30.11997-07-03242°10'N / 73°13'W42°13'N / 73°09'W4.50 Miles600 Yards001.5M0Berkshire
 Brief Description: On July 3, a fast moving cold front crossed Berkshire County during the afternoon and evening hours. The front initiated four tornadoes. The Richmond F1 tornado is a continuation of the F2 tornado which occurred in Columbia County. This tornado downed trees and produced minor damage to one house as it diminished in the Richmond area. The tornado in the Town of Florida began at the intersection of South County Road and Savoy Road. The F1 tornado tracked eastward and terminated just south of Florida near state route 2. The tornado removed all the shingles off the roof of a residence and a prefabricated steeple was blown off a church. Many trees were also downed along its path. The F2 tornado which began in the Monterey area started at the intersection of Wellman Road and New Marlborough Road. The tornado tracked northeast across state route 23 and Lake Garfield to Hayes Pond where it merged with the second tornado. At the north end of Hayes Pond the tornado diminished. This tornado downed hundreds of trees, damaged ten to twenty homes and destroyed two vehicles. The damage was most extensive along the north shore of Lake Garfield at Elephant Rock Road, Hopi Road, Mt. Hunger Road and Norwalk Acres Road. The second F2 tornado began near the intersection of Tyringham Road and West Center Road. It then tracked across Hayes Pond where it momentarily merged with the other tornado. The tornado then proceeded northeast where it ended near the intersection of state route 8 and Merrit Road. This tornado produced extensive tree damage, destroyed one vehicle and damaged fifteen to twenty homes. The most extensive damage occurred along West Center Road near Hayes Pond. Baseball size hail was also observed at Hayes Pond with this storm. Two people were struck by lightning at the Great Barrington Fairgrouds. They were both hospitalized and released.
30.61972-08-27242°30'N / 72°30'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Franklin
31.42001-06-23241°48'N / 73°07'W41°48'N / 73°07'W0.50 Mile200 Yards00250K0Litchfield
 Brief Description: A warm front, moving into Connecticut, produced a line of showers and isolated thunderstorms during the early afternoon of June 23. One cell developed into a supercell which then spawned two tornados in Litchfield County. The first tornado touched down in the northern end of the town of Washington, on a golf course near Lake Waramaug, cutting a path 50 yards wide and a mile in length. It hit during a lull of a golf tornament that was going on there, damaging the fourth hole of the course as well as destroying a metal fence around a tennis court. This tornado also demolished a storage building. This was ranked as an F1 Tornado, with winds estimated between 75 and 100 mph, by National Weather Service Personnel. The tornado also took out many trees around this area. The tornado lifted back up, but then reformed from the cell as the storm moved into the cities of Torrington and Winstead. This second tornado was ranked on the Fujita scale as an F2 with winds estimated between 100 and 130 mph. It touched down near the Torrington Middle School, over the Midget Football Field cutting a swath two hundred yards wide and a half a mile in length. The tornado destroyed an 8,000 dollar shed that had recently been completed by the Midget Football League. The second twister also demolished the bleachers and part of a roof at the Torrington Middle school. In addition, hundreds of large trees were uprooted. Powerlines were also destroyed. One person was injured when a portion of the blown off roof fell on him, resulting in bone fractures.
31.51962-06-18241°46'N / 73°05'W0.10 Mile67 Yards0025K0Litchfield
31.71951-08-21241°37'N / 73°25'W41°48'N / 72°36'W43.90 Miles100 Yards09250K0Litchfield
33.11966-08-11242°02'N / 73°18'W42°03'N / 73°14'W2.70 Miles100 Yards0025K0Litchfield
33.91951-08-21341°35'N / 72°30'W08250K0Middlesex
34.61950-07-12241°34'N / 72°34'W10.00 Miles33 Yards003K0Middlesex
34.71979-08-10242°19'N / 72°08'W42°19'N / 71°56'W9.70 Miles30 Yards222.5M0Worcester
35.21973-09-18241°36'N / 72°54'W000K0New Haven
35.32006-07-11242°33'N / 72°24'W42°33'N / 72°24'W2.90 Miles200 Yards00200K0Franklin
 Brief Description: Brief F2 Touchdown in Wendell Hot and humid air in place over southern New England set the stage for severe thunderstorms throughout the Bay State during the afternoon and early evening. Although storm damage was reported from the Connecticut Valley region to the Worcester Hills and Merrimack Valley, damage was especially severe in eastern Franklin County as well as Boston's North Shore. Early in the afternoon, one cluster of thunderstorms formed in Franklin County and rapidly became severe, causing considerable damage in Montague and especially Wendell. A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service concluded the damage in Wendell was caused by a combination of straight-line wind damage and a tornado, which was rated as a strong F2 on the Fujita Scale with winds estimated near 155 mph. Damage began around 230 pm EDT, about 200 yards west of Montague Road. Wind damage extended from Montague Road about 1.5 miles east to Wicket Pond in the Wendell State Forest. Large oak, maple, and pine trees were uprooted and snapped in this area. Some oaks over two feet in diameter were snapped about 10 to 15 feet from the ground. Damage from this microburst extended along a path of one and a half miles in length, and anywhere from 50 to 300 yards in width. Wind speeds were estimated near 90 mph. Tornado damage first appeared on the northeast corner of Wicket Pond. An eyewitness reported seeing a six foot wave form on the pond. On the west side of the pond, many trees were snapped 15 to 20 feet above the ground, with debris left in a chaotic pattern. The next area of damage was on Wicket Pond Road, which is where the most severe damage occurred. Trees as large as 3 feet in diameter were uprooted. Bark was stripped off trees and a house had part of its roof torn off. The tornado tracked to the east along Wicket Pond Road, passing over Depot Road which is in Wendell Center. Part of a roof was torn off an old barn and many trees were uprooted. After crossing Depot Road, the tornado continued to track to the east, passing north of Morse Village Road. A construction storage trailer was completely destroyed and its roof was wrapped around a tree. Trees were also uprooted or snapped in this area. Damage came to an end about one half mile east of New Salem Road. The path length of the tornado was approximately 3 miles. Its average width was 200 yards, varying from 100 to 300 yards. A little more than one hour later, another cluster of severe thunderstorms brought significant damage to Cape Ann, in particular Marblehead Neck and the adjacent coastal waters. Initially, the storms produced hail as large as 3 inches in diameter - just larger than baseball size - which are considered to be the second largest hailstones reported in Massachusetts. A National Weather Service storm survey concluded that multiple wet microbursts, or sudden outflow of damaging straight-line winds combined with torrential rainfall, impacted the area around Marblehead Neck between 357 pm and 430 pm EDT. The survey noted that westerly winds gusting as high as 90 mph occurred in an area centered from Marblehead Harbor across Corinthian Lane and Barker Lane, and then out to sea. The land damage path was short, primarily because the land is only about 700 feet wide in that area. The main damage path was about 150 feet wide. It consisted of tree damage and minor structural damage, although substantial damage was noted to sailing vessels and at least one car. Damage was more sporadic near Manley Street, about 600 feet farther north, and also to the south and southwest on Foster Street, Harbor Avenue, and Ocean Avenue. Interviews with eyewitnesses provide more detail as to how the storms affected the area. Between 340 pm and 345 pm EDT, winds shifted to the northeast and produced sea spray at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor. This was the result of earlier thunderstorms passing north of the area. Then, from 357 pm to 405 pm EDT, a white tempest developed over Marblehead Harbor on the neck side of the harbor, estimated by the Corinthian Yacht Club chair to be about 300 yards upstream from the dock. This curtain of water and high winds advanced toward the yacht club, lifting 30-foot vessels approximately 20 feet in the air and catapulting them end over end toward the dock. An anemometer on the dock was viewed to have reached 95 mph before it blew off its mast. Damage was less severe, but still significant, from the Connecticut Valley to the Worcester Hills and Merrimack Valley. There were many reports of downed trees, large branches, and hail up to the size of quarters from the Springfield area to Grafton, Westborough, and Framingham as well as farther northeast into Hardwick, Wilmington, and Boxford. Torrential rainfall caused significant urban flooding, especially in Springfield, Oxford, Wakefield, and Beverly. In Salem, two cars on Pope Street were submerged by up to 3 feet of water when about 2 inches of rain fell in 20 minutes. Other cars were flooded in Salem and Lynn due to other roads being flooded, including a stretch of Route 129. Lightning struck Athol Memorial Hospital, causing minor damage to the facility.
35.41962-10-12242°08'N / 71°58'W42°05'N / 71°54'W4.10 Miles133 Yards0025K0Worcester
36.31958-07-11242°35'N / 72°30'W1.00 Mile100 Yards003K0Franklin
36.41962-05-24341°34'N / 72°56'W41°36'N / 72°53'W2.30 Miles120 Yards052.5M0Hartford
38.31955-07-12242°06'N / 73°22'W0.50 Mile33 Yards000K0Berkshire
39.51989-07-10241°50'N / 73°20'W41°43'N / 73°14'W10.00 Miles73 Yards0425.0M0Litchfield
40.11975-07-13242°29'N / 73°10'W0.30 Mile27 Yards0025K0Berkshire
40.11973-06-12241°37'N / 73°07'W1.50 Miles23 Yards000K0Litchfield
40.21959-05-12242°00'N / 73°24'W0.50 Mile100 Yards003K0Litchfield
40.71962-05-24341°33'N / 73°07'W41°34'N / 72°56'W9.30 Miles120 Yards1452.5M0New Haven
41.41989-07-10241°36'N / 73°07'W41°34'N / 73°05'W2.00 Miles100 Yards02025.0M0Litchfield
41.61989-07-10241°34'N / 73°05'W41°33'N / 73°02'W3.00 Miles100 Yards05025.0M0New Haven
41.91971-07-29341°33'N / 73°03'W02250K0New Haven
43.51973-08-28442°22'N / 73°25'W42°16'N / 73°23'W6.40 Miles313 Yards43625.0M0Berkshire
44.91955-10-24241°30'N / 73°03'W0.50 Mile200 Yards003K0New Haven
45.01966-08-31242°18'N / 71°48'W1.00 Mile67 Yards000K0Worcester
45.51953-06-09442°28'N / 72°10'W42°18'N / 71°31'W34.90 Miles900 Yards901228250.0M0Worcester
46.11981-06-22342°30'N / 72°02'W42°33'N / 71°54'W7.10 Miles167 Yards0325K0Worcester
46.41997-07-03242°24'N / 73°25'W42°24'N / 73°24'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00550K20KColumbia
 Brief Description: On July 3, a fast moving cold front crossed eastern New York during the afternoon and evening hours. The front initiated many severe thunderstorms and three tornadoes in Columbia County. In Columbia County near Copake Lake, an F1 tornado produced minor damage to two houses, scattered parts of a barn across county highway 7A and downed many trees and wires. In Columbia County near Canaan, two tornadoes produced extensive damage. The F1 tornado formed just southwest of Beebe Pond, moved northeast and terminated near the intersection of state routes 295 and 22. The tornado damaged several residences and moved a car port. The F2 tornado initiated near the intersection of state routes 295 and 22 and moved eastward across the New York border into Berkshire County Massachusetts where it ended as an F1 tornado. At the County Caretaker Lawn and Garden Center, four large greenhouses incurred structural damage. On Shaker Ridge Road, a newly constructed three story home had the roof completely blown off along with the rear exterior wall. The detached garage was blown off the foundation and destroyed. Since this area is forested, many trees and wires were downed by the tornadoes resulting in power outages. At the South Albany Airport near Selkirk, thunderstorm winds destroyed a Cessna 172 and a vintage1940's Luscombe 8E. The winds also ripped a roof off a garage and downed several trees. In Schoharie County at Charlotteville, straight line winds rolled over a mobile home with five people inside. A second mobile home which was unoccupied was lifted on top of the rolled over mobile home. The five people sustained injuries. In Rensselaer County at Stephentown, thunderstorm winds lifted a barn and dropped it on East Road. Many trees and power lines were also downed by the wind. The thunderstorms also produced hail in parts of Schoharie, Washington, Albany and Columbia Counties. A combination of damaging winds and lightning, left fifteen to twenty thousand people without power across eastern New York. A lifeguard at the Northhampton Beach State Campsite in Northville was struck by lightning. The individual was hospitalized and released with no serious injuries.
46.51973-08-28442°25'N / 73°25'W42°22'N / 73°25'W3.40 Miles313 Yards0025K0Columbia
46.61972-08-09242°33'N / 72°08'W42°41'N / 72°03'W9.70 Miles10 Yards0125K0Worcester
47.21970-10-03342°20'N / 72°10'W42°33'N / 71°32'W35.40 Miles60 Yards00250K0Worcester
48.51966-03-01242°39'N / 73°09'W0025K0Berkshire


* 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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