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

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

Earthquake Index, #83

Allen County

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

Allen County

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, #57

Allen County

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 19,065 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Allen County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:19Cold:59Dense Fog:48Drought:76
Dust Storm:0Flood:2,029Hail:8,905Heat:93Heavy Snow:125
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:73Landslide:0Strong Wind:177
Thunderstorm Winds:6,737Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:4Winter Storm:190Winter Weather:85

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Allen County.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Allen County.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Allen County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 82 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Allen County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
5.41954-03-24237°43'N / 95°31'W37°57'N / 95°14'W22.20 Miles880 Yards0025K0Wilson
5.91991-03-26237°49'N / 95°27'W37°53'N / 95°21'W8.00 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Allen
6.01973-06-04237°51'N / 95°12'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0025K0Allen
8.31964-04-20237°44'N / 95°18'W37°48'N / 95°14'W5.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Allen
11.41982-03-15237°58'N / 95°30'W38°02'N / 95°24'W6.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Allen
13.51956-07-20338°11'N / 95°29'W37°24'N / 94°41'W69.50 Miles880 Yards00250K0Anderson
14.52003-05-08238°01'N / 95°18'W38°08'N / 95°05'W15.00 Miles800 Yards031.1M0Anderson
 Brief Description: A tornado formed 5 miles southeast of Colony and traveled a 15 mile path northeast before entering Linn county and dissipating. While in Anderson county the tornado injured 3 people, destroyed 7 homes and seriously damaged 2 others. Severe weather erupted over a large part of the area during the afternoon and evening hours of the 8th. Numerous reports of large hail and a few reports of strong winds were received. In addition 12 tornadoes were reported (discussed separately), some doing considerable damage. Four funnel clouds were also sighted. May 8, 2003, was estimated to be the most significant and widespread tornado outbreak in northeast Kansas since April 26, 1991. All meteorological severe weather forecast parameters came together over northeast Kansas on the afternoon of May 8 to produce an SPC "high risk" area of potential severe weather. The possibility of strong, long-lived destructive tornadoes was highlighted for nearly 24 hours in advance in nearly every NWS statement and product. The significant and widespread tornado outbreak in the nearby Kansas City area just four days before increased public weather awareness and concern, and together with timely watches, statements and warnings, helped prevent tornado related deaths and minimized storm injuries.
15.31973-09-27237°49'N / 95°02'W00250K0Bourbon
17.61973-09-24237°57'N / 95°03'W38°02'N / 94°58'W7.20 Miles60 Yards00250K0Bourbon
17.81954-05-31237°30'N / 95°31'W37°50'N / 94°44'W48.60 Miles210 Yards0025K0Neosho
17.81954-05-31237°30'N / 95°31'W37°50'N / 94°44'W48.60 Miles210 Yards0025K0Neosho
19.71961-04-21238°05'N / 95°09'W38°10'N / 95°04'W7.20 Miles50 Yards00250K0Anderson
20.41973-05-11237°36'N / 95°24'W00250K0Neosho
20.41982-03-15237°47'N / 95°51'W37°58'N / 95°30'W24.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Woodson
22.21973-03-08237°34'N / 95°14'W37°36'N / 95°05'W8.40 Miles440 Yards00250K0Neosho
22.22003-05-08238°06'N / 95°04'W38°10'N / 95°01'W7.00 Miles300 Yards0015K0Linn
 Brief Description: Tornado crossed from Anderson county into Linn county 3 miles west northwest of Blue Mound and produced tree damage in rural county before dissipating. However...a cemetery was hit with many tombstones knocked over and damage to mausoleums.
23.62003-05-08337°48'N / 95°57'W38°00'N / 95°31'W22.00 Miles350 Yards032.5M261KWoodson
 Brief Description: Damage summary: Toronto: Outbuildings destroyed. 1N Toronto: Trees & limbs downed. 1W Batesville: Large trees uprooted and sheared off, sheet metal in trees, old wood shed destroyed. 1N Batesville: Oil tank 12-15 feet high toppled (leaked profusely), power pole blown over. 2NE Batesville: House destroyed, 2 vehicles heavily damaged, pair of 2-3 foot diameter trees stripped 4 feet off ground. 3-4NE Batesville: Cattle barn & garage destroyed, windows blown out of house, large pick-up truck rolled onto side. 1N Yates Center: House & barn destroyed on Highway 75, horse trailer flipped over, large trees uprooted or snapped off at bases, broke or toppled 70 grave markers at the cemetery. 1NW Yates Center: Two-story house and 3 barns destroyed, trees completely shreaded. Yates Center: Five homes destroyed and 30 damaged. Two of the three injuries occurred at one residence with both requiring transport to a hospital. Forty-five miles of fence damaged. Stored hay contaminated by embedding of wiring and nails. Estimated crop losses: Corn: 300 acres. Wheat: 100 acres. Pasture: 1312 acres. Hay: 655 acres. Of the estimated $2.5 million damage, $1.506 million inflicted upon farming facilities. Farming facility damage breakdown: Dwellings and Service Buildings: $900,000; Structures: $6,000; Machinery & equipment: $600,000. USDA Flash Situation Report contributed greatly to this narrative. This tornado would cross just barely into extreme Northwest Allen County.
23.71973-03-08237°36'N / 95°05'W37°36'N / 95°02'W2.30 Miles440 Yards00250K0Crawford
24.42000-04-19237°41'N / 94°56'W37°42'N / 94°55'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0000Bourbon
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado crossed the Bourbon and Crawford County line 4 miles southwest of Hiattville and lifted about 2 miles southwest of Hiattville. The path was intermittent and stayed over rural areas.
24.72000-04-19237°30'N / 95°20'W37°34'N / 95°06'W15.00 Miles440 Yards031.8M0Neosho
 Brief Description: Forming at 1920 CST 6 miles southwest of Erie, the tornado moved northeast around 35 mph passing just south of Erie at 1931 CST. F2 intensity for much of it's track, the tornado injured 3 people on the southern periphery of Erie as it destroyed or heavily damaged 12 homes, several mobile homes, as well as a few trees. This tornado then crossed into Crawford county.
24.92000-04-19237°33'N / 95°05'W37°40'N / 94°56'W8.00 Miles200 Yards00200K0Crawford
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado entered western Crawford County about 3 miles south of Walnut and moved through the northwest portion of the county. The damage path was intermittent and about 200 yards wide. The tornado stayed mainly over rural areas and uprooted trees and damaged or destroyed 3 homes and several outbuildings. The tornado exited the county just east of Hepler and moved into southern Bourbon County.
25.11964-04-12438°07'N / 95°18'W38°22'N / 95°08'W19.40 Miles880 Yards39250K0Anderson
26.51961-03-12237°55'N / 94°49'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Bourbon
26.51973-03-08237°26'N / 95°24'W37°34'N / 95°14'W12.80 Miles440 Yards01250K0Neosho
27.81974-04-20238°17'N / 95°14'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0025K0Anderson
29.11986-04-07237°57'N / 95°56'W37°53'N / 95°44'W14.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Woodson
30.81988-11-15237°24'N / 95°26'W37°29'N / 95°19'W7.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Neosho
31.71964-03-14238°04'N / 94°46'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Linn
31.72005-04-21337°25'N / 95°21'W37°26'N / 95°16'W5.00 Miles200 Yards00200K0Neosho
 Brief Description: Damage summary: Two miles south of Galesburg: One barn damaged & two out-buildings destroyed. Three miles southeast of Galesburg: Two mobile homes destroyed, one frame house dislodged from it's foundation & two barns destroyed. Four miles east-southeast of Galesburg: Frame house unroofed with two exterior walls collapsed. A garage and one shed were destroyed. Tree damage occurred at each of these locations.
31.72007-02-28438°07'N / 95°04'W38°15'N / 94°39'W24.00 Miles800 Yards00400K0KLinn
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: EF4 tornado crossed from Anderson county into Linn county in Kansas at 7:30 PM CST, 4 miles northwest of Blue Mound. The tornado moved east-northeast over mainly rural areas of the county. A home, several farm buildings, and garage were completely destroyed. Other buildings received minor to moderate damage. There were no injuries or deaths with this tornado. The tornado also downed trees and power lines. The tornado lifted 6 miles north-northeast of Pleasanton at 8:10 PM CST. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong storm system lifted northeast into the region from Oklahoma, during the late afternoon and early evening hours on February 28th. The dynamics from this storm system provided the lift for rapid thunderstorm development along and north of a warm front by the early evening hours. There were numerous reports of hail with the storms, as well as some flash flooding. The most significant severe thunderstorm produced a tornado in Anderson county Kansas, which then tracked east into Linn county Kansas. The EF4 tornado took a nearly 24 mile continuous path, where it caused damage to mainly rural areas. Just north of Blue Mound a single residence, garage, and several farm buildings were completely destroyed. The tornado was historic, since it was the first time anywhere in the country that a tornado was rated as high as EF4, since switching to the new Enhanced Fujita scale February 1st, 2007.
31.71955-09-21238°18'N / 95°33'W0.30 Mile33 Yards003K0Coffey
32.91963-04-03237°50'N / 94°42'W0.30 Mile77 Yards003K0Bourbon
33.11954-04-10238°20'N / 95°31'W003K0Coffey
33.51981-05-23238°22'N / 95°14'W1.50 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Anderson
34.11956-04-02437°48'N / 95°57'W38°02'N / 95°54'W16.30 Miles880 Yards000K0Woodson
34.51956-04-02438°02'N / 95°54'W38°06'N / 95°53'W4.50 Miles880 Yards0525K0Coffey
34.71973-06-04237°42'N / 95°57'W37°44'N / 95°51'W5.90 Miles300 Yards00250K0Greenwood
34.91991-04-26337°51'N / 95°57'W37°57'N / 95°56'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Woodson
35.31964-05-26238°16'N / 95°44'W0025K0Coffey
36.41956-04-02437°47'N / 95°58'W37°48'N / 95°57'W1.30 Miles880 Yards0525K0Woodson
36.51982-03-15237°23'N / 95°04'W37°24'N / 95°03'W2.00 Miles600 Yards002.5M0Labette
36.81973-11-20238°17'N / 95°45'W1.00 Mile33 Yards00250K0Coffey
36.81961-03-26237°30'N / 94°50'W2.00 Miles100 Yards000K0Crawford
36.92003-05-04437°25'N / 95°06'W37°32'N / 94°38'W27.00 Miles880 Yards3207.2M1.0MCrawford
 Brief Description: This storm is known to have initiated the unforgettable series of events of 4 May, 2003. This classic supercell rapidly developed over Montgomery County, Kansas, eventually moving into southwestern Crawford County, Kansas where it spawned a very large and destructive tornado. This tornado laid out a path of destruction for 27 miles of farm land and small communities through Crawford County. This event also claimed three lives and injured 20 in eastern sections of the county, where the tornado had strengthened to F-4 status. The tornado continued on the ground into Barton County, Missouri. Sharon Lasbrook age 48, was deceased from being thrown out of her mobile home and into a field. Her home was completely disintegrated by the twister. George Bolte age 68, was taking cover in his manufactured home and laying over his wife to protect her from flying debris. While saving her life, he was deceased from the debris. Josephine Maghe age 87, was taking cover within her frame home as the tornado arrived. She was deceased from being struck into the ground. F48MH, M68PH, F87PH
37.31982-03-15237°24'N / 95°03'W37°29'N / 94°46'W15.00 Miles600 Yards032.5M0Crawford
37.41955-05-27238°13'N / 95°08'W38°29'N / 94°46'W27.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Anderson
38.21963-05-26237°27'N / 94°58'W37°27'N / 94°46'W10.90 Miles27 Yards0025K0Crawford
38.52000-04-19237°21'N / 95°03'W37°25'N / 94°56'W8.00 Miles300 Yards04300K0Crawford
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado entered the southwest corner of Crawford County west of McCune and traveled northeast over the southwest section of the county. The intermittent damage path was 300 yards wide. Although the tornado stayed over rural areas, it still managed to severely damage or destroy 5 homes and several outbuildings. Four persons were injured by flying debris. The tornado lifted about 6 miles northeast of McCune.
38.82000-04-19337°15'N / 95°33'W37°24'N / 95°12'W21.00 Miles440 Yards02771.0M0Labette
 Brief Description: The same tornado that formed 3 miles south of Cherryvale at 1930 CST in eastern Montgomery County, the tornado entered western Labette County at 1934 CST, 10 miles southwest of Dennis. Moving northeast around 35 mph, the tornado passed 4 miles south of Dennis at 1940 CST. At 1945 CST, the tornado entered southwest Parsons where it inflicted major damage to a law enforcement center, a movie theater, and a carnival. In all, 750 buildings were damaged of which 633 were homes. Of the homes, 53 were destroyed, 112 sustained major damage and 468 received minor damage. Of the 117 commercial buildings that sustained damage, 20 were destroyed, 28 received major damage, and 69 received minor damage. Total damage estimate: $40 million. A total of 27 people were injured, most were minor. Though inflicting F3 damage when it hit Parsons, the tornado possessed F1 intensity for most of it's track. This same tornado would continue moving northeast, clipping southeast Neosho County. Area newspapers contributed to this report.
39.11984-04-27237°23'N / 94°55'W37°29'N / 94°49'W8.50 Miles40 Yards00250K0Crawford
39.21954-04-26238°04'N / 95°59'W1.00 Mile20 Yards003K0Lyon
39.31986-04-07238°03'N / 96°05'W37°57'N / 95°56'W8.60 Miles100 Yards00250K0Greenwood
39.41970-05-09238°08'N / 94°39'W0.50 Mile100 Yards003K0Linn
39.41957-05-16237°14'N / 95°59'W37°35'N / 95°25'W39.30 Miles200 Yards00250K0Chautauqua
39.51991-04-26337°45'N / 96°05'W37°51'N / 95°57'W10.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Greenwood
39.71982-03-15337°32'N / 94°48'W37°33'N / 94°38'W10.00 Miles600 Yards1825.0M0Crawford
41.31991-04-26237°16'N / 95°33'W37°22'N / 95°32'W6.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Montgomery
41.91955-05-11237°27'N / 94°46'W0025K0Crawford
42.51962-06-02237°27'N / 94°45'W003K0Crawford
42.71963-05-26237°24'N / 94°46'W37°31'N / 94°42'W8.70 Miles27 Yards0025K0Crawford
43.01956-04-02437°36'N / 96°08'W37°47'N / 95°58'W15.50 Miles880 Yards05250K0Greenwood
43.41958-11-17337°38'N / 94°34'W37°39'N / 94°34'W1.10 Miles400 Yards00250K0Barton
43.61973-05-11237°18'N / 95°00'W00250K0Cherokee
43.61983-03-26337°26'N / 94°42'W37°33'N / 94°39'W7.00 Miles100 Yards042.5M0Crawford
43.71958-11-17237°31'N / 94°39'W000K0Crawford
43.71958-11-17337°39'N / 94°34'W37°43'N / 94°31'W5.20 Miles400 Yards00250K0Vernon
43.91957-05-20338°30'N / 95°26'W38°32'N / 95°20'W5.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Franklin
44.11958-05-31337°15'N / 95°12'W0.30 Mile100 Yards0025K0Labette
44.41982-03-15237°40'N / 96°04'W1.00 Mile300 Yards002.5M0Greenwood
44.51972-04-19237°36'N / 96°02'W20.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Greenwood
44.81964-11-15237°39'N / 96°04'W0.80 Mile400 Yards0025K0Greenwood
45.01960-04-16338°29'N / 95°17'W38°35'N / 95°10'W9.20 Miles77 Yards0025K0Franklin
45.02003-05-04437°34'N / 94°37'W37°35'N / 94°32'W6.00 Miles880 Yards11013.0M1.0MBarton
 Brief Description: M88PH An F-4 tornado tracked over the Kansas-Missouri state line and into west central Barton County. The tornado destroyed several farm houses and outbuildings prior to dissipating one mile north of Liberal. Ten injuries and one fatality can be accounted for from this large tornado. Rex Smith age 88, was in his frame house two miles west of Liberal when the tornado approached. He was deceased from flying debris. While this tornado was dissipating, a second tornado had formed one mile east of Liberal. This feature then tracked 23 miles through mainly rural farm land of central and northeast Barton County, and eventually through Cedar, Polk, Hickory, and Dallas counties. Altogether there were approximately 50 homes and outbuildings that were destroyed from the twisters.
45.11969-04-04238°21'N / 94°46'W38°23'N / 94°43'W3.30 Miles200 Yards01250K0Linn
45.31958-05-31237°57'N / 94°32'W37°59'N / 94°25'W6.40 Miles367 Yards00250K0Vernon
45.81958-11-17238°30'N / 95°37'W000K0Osage
46.01968-06-10238°06'N / 96°06'W1.50 Miles50 Yards03250K0Greenwood
46.01964-04-22238°33'N / 95°17'W013K0Franklin
46.31958-11-17337°43'N / 94°31'W37°48'N / 94°25'W7.90 Miles400 Yards01250K0Vernon
46.61957-05-20538°27'N / 95°30'W38°40'N / 95°04'W27.70 Miles440 Yards3112.5M0Franklin
47.81954-05-01237°13'N / 95°40'W37°18'N / 95°41'W5.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Montgomery
48.21982-03-15337°33'N / 94°38'W37°38'N / 94°22'W14.00 Miles500 Yards0025.0M0Barton

* 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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