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The chance of earthquake damage in Anderson County is about the same as Kansas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Anderson 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, #55

Anderson 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

Anderson 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, #55

Anderson 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 18,907 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Anderson County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:20Cold:62Dense Fog:46Drought:48
Dust Storm:0Flood:2,014Hail:8,937Heat:96Heavy Snow:114
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:68Landslide:0Strong Wind:140
Thunderstorm Winds:6,622Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:3Winter Storm:190Winter Weather:77

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Anderson County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Anderson County.

Historical Tornado Events

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

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
4.51964-04-12438°07'N / 95°18'W38°22'N / 95°08'W19.40 Miles880 Yards39250K0Anderson
5.71974-04-20238°17'N / 95°14'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0025K0Anderson
10.91981-05-23238°22'N / 95°14'W1.50 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Anderson
11.12003-05-08238°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.
11.81961-04-21238°05'N / 95°09'W38°10'N / 95°04'W7.20 Miles50 Yards00250K0Anderson
14.71954-04-10238°20'N / 95°31'W003K0Coffey
14.72003-05-08238°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.
15.21955-09-21238°18'N / 95°33'W0.30 Mile33 Yards003K0Coffey
17.21982-03-15237°58'N / 95°30'W38°02'N / 95°24'W6.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Allen
20.71955-05-27238°13'N / 95°08'W38°29'N / 94°46'W27.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Anderson
21.41957-05-20338°30'N / 95°26'W38°32'N / 95°20'W5.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Franklin
21.81973-09-24237°57'N / 95°03'W38°02'N / 94°58'W7.20 Miles60 Yards00250K0Bourbon
22.31960-04-16338°29'N / 95°17'W38°35'N / 95°10'W9.20 Miles77 Yards0025K0Franklin
23.11964-04-22238°33'N / 95°17'W013K0Franklin
23.62007-02-28438°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.
23.71957-05-20538°27'N / 95°30'W38°40'N / 95°04'W27.70 Miles440 Yards3112.5M0Franklin
24.21964-05-26238°16'N / 95°44'W0025K0Coffey
25.31973-11-20238°17'N / 95°45'W1.00 Mile33 Yards00250K0Coffey
25.71973-06-04237°51'N / 95°12'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0025K0Allen
25.91991-03-26237°49'N / 95°27'W37°53'N / 95°21'W8.00 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Allen
26.41958-11-17238°30'N / 95°37'W000K0Osage
26.71954-03-24237°43'N / 95°31'W37°57'N / 95°14'W22.20 Miles880 Yards0025K0Wilson
28.51958-11-17238°37'N / 95°25'W000K0Franklin
30.31964-03-14238°04'N / 94°46'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Linn
30.91973-09-27237°49'N / 95°02'W00250K0Bourbon
31.01964-04-20237°44'N / 95°18'W37°48'N / 95°14'W5.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Allen
31.41956-07-20338°11'N / 95°29'W37°24'N / 94°41'W69.50 Miles880 Yards00250K0Anderson
31.41982-03-15237°47'N / 95°51'W37°58'N / 95°30'W24.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Woodson
31.61969-04-04238°21'N / 94°46'W38°23'N / 94°43'W3.30 Miles200 Yards01250K0Linn
31.71958-05-31238°40'N / 95°11'W1.00 Mile60 Yards0025K0Franklin
32.42003-05-08337°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.
33.11961-03-12237°55'N / 94°49'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Bourbon
34.11956-04-02438°02'N / 95°54'W38°06'N / 95°53'W4.50 Miles880 Yards0525K0Coffey
35.22003-05-08338°35'N / 95°45'W38°42'N / 95°33'W25.00 Miles800 Yards001.5M0Osage
 Brief Description: A second tornado touched down in Osage county about 13 miles southwest of Lyndon and moved northeast for 25 miles before dissipating 6 miles south of Overbrook. The tornado was a half mile wide in places and did considerable damage to farm buildings, machinery, and fences along its path.
35.31978-05-11238°37'N / 94°59'W38°36'N / 94°46'W11.50 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Miami
35.31970-05-09238°08'N / 94°39'W0.50 Mile100 Yards003K0Linn
35.91986-04-07237°57'N / 95°56'W37°53'N / 95°44'W14.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Woodson
36.71977-05-04238°27'N / 94°48'W38°36'N / 94°41'W11.90 Miles50 Yards00250K0Miami
37.31969-04-04238°23'N / 94°43'W38°28'N / 94°36'W8.50 Miles200 Yards00250K0Miami
37.91958-05-31238°44'N / 95°13'W38°47'N / 95°10'W4.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Franklin
38.11954-03-24238°44'N / 95°03'W003K0Franklin
38.31962-08-06338°47'N / 95°15'W38°45'N / 95°11'W4.10 Miles33 Yards00250K0Douglas
38.91954-04-26238°04'N / 95°59'W1.00 Mile20 Yards003K0Lyon
38.91954-05-31237°30'N / 95°31'W37°50'N / 94°44'W48.60 Miles210 Yards0025K0Neosho
38.91954-05-31237°30'N / 95°31'W37°50'N / 94°44'W48.60 Miles210 Yards0025K0Neosho
40.11956-04-02437°48'N / 95°57'W38°02'N / 95°54'W16.30 Miles880 Yards000K0Woodson
40.61977-05-04338°48'N / 95°22'W38°48'N / 95°03'W16.90 Miles300 Yards012.5M0Douglas
41.11956-07-02238°48'N / 95°11'W38°48'N / 95°07'W3.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Franklin
41.32000-04-19237°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.
41.51991-04-26337°51'N / 95°57'W37°57'N / 95°56'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Woodson
41.61963-04-03237°50'N / 94°42'W0.30 Mile77 Yards003K0Bourbon
41.61954-03-18238°47'N / 95°33'W003K0Osage
41.71986-04-07238°03'N / 96°05'W37°57'N / 95°56'W8.60 Miles100 Yards00250K0Greenwood
42.91973-05-11237°36'N / 95°24'W00250K0Neosho
43.31964-04-20238°42'N / 94°47'W003K0Miami
44.21977-05-04338°26'N / 94°33'W38°28'N / 94°31'W2.70 Miles500 Yards000K0Bates
44.21973-03-08237°34'N / 95°14'W37°36'N / 95°05'W8.40 Miles440 Yards00250K0Neosho
44.31973-03-08237°36'N / 95°05'W37°36'N / 95°02'W2.30 Miles440 Yards00250K0Crawford
44.51969-04-04238°28'N / 94°36'W38°31'N / 94°30'W6.90 Miles100 Yards00250K0Bates
44.61968-06-10238°06'N / 96°06'W1.50 Miles50 Yards03250K0Greenwood
44.72000-04-19237°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.
44.71973-03-13238°14'N / 96°07'W38°23'N / 96°06'W10.20 Miles220 Yards0025K0Lyon
44.81960-04-15338°35'N / 94°39'W38°38'N / 94°37'W2.30 Miles440 Yards02250K0Miami
44.91962-05-28238°20'N / 96°07'W38°23'N / 96°05'W3.60 Miles300 Yards00250K0Lyon
45.91957-05-20538°40'N / 95°04'W38°53'N / 94°36'W29.10 Miles440 Yards4202.5M0Miami
46.21951-06-08238°53'N / 95°21'W003K0Douglas
46.31957-06-11238°52'N / 95°14'W38°54'N / 95°12'W1.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Douglas
46.41978-05-23238°49'N / 95°43'W38°49'N / 95°38'W4.10 Miles30 Yards01250K0Osage
46.61956-04-02437°47'N / 95°58'W37°48'N / 95°57'W1.30 Miles880 Yards0525K0Woodson
46.61972-04-30238°45'N / 94°46'W00250K0Johnson
46.91968-05-15338°38'N / 94°39'W38°40'N / 94°36'W2.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Miami
47.32000-04-19237°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.
47.51958-06-12238°11'N / 96°10'W000K0Lyon
47.61958-05-31237°57'N / 94°32'W37°59'N / 94°25'W6.40 Miles367 Yards00250K0Vernon
47.61968-05-15338°40'N / 94°37'W38°38'N / 94°36'W000K0Cass
47.71973-06-04237°42'N / 95°57'W37°44'N / 95°51'W5.90 Miles300 Yards00250K0Greenwood
47.91973-04-13238°11'N / 96°09'W38°19'N / 96°12'W9.60 Miles333 Yards003K0Lyon
48.51977-05-04338°48'N / 95°03'W38°55'N / 94°49'W14.70 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Johnson
48.71991-04-26337°45'N / 96°05'W37°51'N / 95°57'W10.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Greenwood
49.31974-06-08438°25'N / 96°13'W38°42'N / 95°58'W23.70 Miles1760 Yards617725.0M0Lyon
49.41973-03-08237°26'N / 95°24'W37°34'N / 95°14'W12.80 Miles440 Yards01250K0Neosho
49.81960-04-15338°38'N / 94°37'W38°42'N / 94°32'W6.10 Miles500 Yards0025K0Cass

* 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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