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

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

Earthquake Index, #227

Bamberg, SC
0.17
South Carolina
0.49
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

Bamberg, SC
0.0000
South Carolina
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, #261

Bamberg, SC
146.80
South Carolina
136.91
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 3,164 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Bamberg, SC were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:3Dense Fog:0Drought:21
Dust Storm:0Flood:97Hail:898Heat:11Heavy Snow:6
High Surf:0Hurricane:3Ice Storm:7Landslide:0Strong Wind:24
Thunderstorm Winds:1,993Tropical Storm:7Wildfire:1Winter Storm:11Winter Weather:3
Other:79 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Bamberg, SC.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 2 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Bamberg, SC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
38.91972-02-034.5533.5-80.4
20.31967-10-233.8N/A33.4-80.7

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 38 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Bamberg, SC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
3.11983-04-23333°14'N / 81°13'W33°19'N / 80°56'W16.00 Miles200 Yards042.5M0Bamberg
7.81983-04-23333°19'N / 80°56'W33°20'N / 80°52'W4.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Orangeburg
13.21976-05-15233°28'N / 81°02'W33°31'N / 81°03'W3.80 Miles40 Yards03250K0Orangeburg
16.02008-03-15333°14'N / 80°51'W33°14'N / 80°41'W10.00 Miles1320 Yards000K0KOrangeburg
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Extensive damage in Branchville. One home was destroyed and 16 had other moderate to major damage. One mobile home was destroyed and a half dozen had moderate to major damage. Seven buildings in downtown were destroyed, including a couple of 3 layer deep brick buildings. Thirteen others had major damage and 5 had minor damage. Amazingly there were no injuries or deaths. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Seven supercells tracked across our South Carolina County Warning Area and produced many long-lived tornadoes that did significant damage. Over 85 homes were destroyed, around 400 had moderate damage, and estimates for the total devastation were around 40 million dollars.
16.01999-04-15233°07'N / 81°13'W33°07'N / 81°11'W3.00 Miles150 Yards002K20KAllendale
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado destroyed 20 acres of watermelons and rolled over a large tractor several times. Numerous trees and powerlines were down along the track.
16.31998-03-08233°32'N / 81°05'W33°32'N / 81°04'W1.30 Miles75 Yards0080K0Orangeburg
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado tracked along highway 4 near Pine Hill. It picked up 2 mobile homes, took them 35 ft into the air, and brought them down on top of a 35 ft by 75 ft cinder block building 30 yards away completely destroying the mobile homes and the building. Other damage was done to a couple other mobile and permanent homes, and also to a church roof. A second 12 ft by 24 ft cinder block building was also demolished.
18.81983-04-23333°10'N / 81°27'W33°14'N / 81°13'W13.00 Miles200 Yards022.5M0Barnwell
19.31978-07-25233°34'N / 81°08'W0.10 Mile10 Yards0025K0Orangeburg
20.01963-09-28233°30'N / 81°17'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0125K0Orangeburg
21.31975-02-18233°22'N / 81°25'W33°22'N / 81°22'W3.30 Miles67 Yards05250K0Barnwell
22.92004-12-10333°34'N / 80°50'W33°36'N / 80°49'W1.50 Miles80 Yards0100Orangeburg
 Brief Description: Damage survey found an F3 tornado demolished a brick church, completely destroyed 2 mobile homes and several outbuildings. The main damage occurred on Coulter road.
23.61989-05-01233°24'N / 81°26'W33°30'N / 81°22'W4.00 Miles50 Yards0122.5M0Barnwell
24.21990-10-22233°35'N / 80°47'W0.10 Mile20 Yards14250K0Calhoun
26.22009-04-10233°06'N / 81°25'W6.00 Miles500 Yards001.0M0KAllendale
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service Survey Team determined a tornado touched down along Roberts Road 3.5 miles northeast of Martin, South Carolina at 1230 AM local time Saturday morning and traveled 5.6 miles before lifting. Initially the tornado uprooted or snapped numerous trees with one tree falling on a mobile home and damaging the roof of the structure. The under-skirting of the mobile home was peeled back by the winds and a couple windows were blown out. Additionally, several cars sustained damage by falling trees outside of the mobile home. Another couple homes along Roberts Road received minor rood damage and a couple carports were slightly damaged as well. The tornado continued to nearly parallel Miller Creek Road downing numerous trees and power lines. The maximum width of the tornado was approximately 500 yards near the intersection of Camp Jackson Road and Miller Creek Road. The tornado lifted 2.3 miles south southeast of Kline, South Carolina just past the intersection of Appleton Road and Barnwell Highway /US Highway 278/ at 1239 AM local time, but not before damaging the roof and cinder-block walls of a home, downing numerous trees and completely destroying the historic Cave Methodist Church. The church was wiped completely off its foundation. Several grave stones surrounding the church were overturned or knocked down. An 18 wheel truck was overturned a couple hundred feet from the Cave Methodist Church with a tree falling on it and causing further damage. In total, 4 homes, 1 mobile home, 1 church and 5 vehicles received damage as a result of the tornado. In addition, hundreds of acres of timber was damaged or destroyed. The tornado did not result in any injuries or fatalities. The National Weather Service Damage Survey Team determined the strength of the tornado to be an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with winds estimated between 120 and 130 miles per hour. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An area of low pressure and associated cold front pushed through the southeast where kinematic profiles and anomalously cold air aloft existed. This lead to the development of strong storms over Allendale county overnight on April 10, 2009.
28.02000-09-22233°05'N / 81°29'W33°05'N / 81°24'W4.50 Miles750 Yards15290K0Allendale
 Brief Description: Fatality occurred in a camper that was one of 10 other campers at a hunt club. The camper was the second one in the line and it appeared to have disintegrated. One of the other campers was turned on its side while the others remained upright, for the most part. Also, there were three mobile homes destroyed, major damage to two mobile homes, minor damage to six mobile homes and major damage to a frame home along with numerous trees down or snapped 10 to 15 feet above the ground. This tornado continued into Barnwell County in WFO Columbia's CWA. M68VE The two tornadoes that occurred in Allendale County were associated with the remnants of T.S. Helene as it moved across Georgia and South Carolina. Heavy rain developed across Berkeley County during the early morning hours of 9/22/00 and caused flooding over the northern half of the county, especially in and around Moncks Corner. The 42 year-old female was killed when she hit a puddle of water and hydroplaned. She hit a pine tree head on and was killed on impact.
28.12004-12-10233°39'N / 80°47'W33°39'N / 80°47'W0.50 Mile60 Yards0100Calhoun
 Brief Description: Damage survey found an F2 tornado tore most of the concrete roof off a warehouse and damaged several vehicles and other outbuildings.
31.21989-10-01233°09'N / 81°42'W33°15'N / 81°25'W16.50 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Barnwell
31.61958-04-22233°35'N / 80°39'W33°36'N / 80°34'W5.10 Miles100 Yards0025K0Calhoun
33.11991-03-03233°19'N / 81°37'W33°25'N / 81°35'W6.00 Miles300 Yards000K0Aiken
34.81991-03-03233°19'N / 81°38'W33°21'N / 81°38'W5.00 Miles200 Yards000K0Aiken
35.91998-03-08233°23'N / 80°27'W33°27'N / 80°24'W5.00 Miles100 Yards00220K0Orangeburg
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado did major damage to a horse farm and race track. Several of the horses were injured. Debris from the horse farm was found as far as 3 miles away. Major damage was also done to a home and a couple of mobile homes. Minor damage was also done to a couple of mobile and permanent homes.
38.11991-03-29233°13'N / 81°41'W0.20 Mile10 Yards000K0Aiken
38.92008-03-15233°29'N / 81°54'W33°24'N / 81°28'W25.00 Miles1760 Yards000K0KAiken
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Extensive damage in the Clearwater area. Numerous trees and powerlines down along the entire track, especially in the Clearwater area. Many homes had severe damage to roofs and stuctures. Some roofs were gone. The water tower had its top taken off and deposited several hundred yards away. Damage path was a mile wide a some points. It was amazing there were no injuries or deaths. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Seven supercells tracked across our South Carolina County Warning Area and produced many long-lived tornadoes that did significant damage. Over 85 homes were destroyed, around 400 had moderate damage, and estimates for the total devastation were around 40 million dollars.
38.91991-03-01233°22'N / 81°42'W1.50 Miles150 Yards000K0Aiken
39.11997-07-23233°51'N / 81°03'W33°53'N / 81°01'W3.50 Miles200 Yards16917K25KLexington
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado producing winds to 150 mph killed a 32 year old female and injured 6 others. Two homes were destroyed and 9 others had major damage. Two apartements were destroyed (duplex). Seven mobile homes were destroyed and 94 had minor damage. Numerous trees were down and two crop fields had areas of destroyed crops. F32PH
39.31958-04-22233°36'N / 80°34'W33°37'N / 80°21'W12.60 Miles100 Yards1125K0Clarendon
40.52009-04-10333°24'N / 81°51'W33°23'N / 81°36'W15.00 Miles880 Yards0145.0M0KAiken
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The supercell coming out of Richmond county GA spawned another tornado in Aiken county that did widespread damage. Many homes and business were severely damaged. Numerous trees and powerlines were down and there were around a dozen minor injuries. The tornado tracked along hwy 278. There was also one indirect death of a man who crashed trying to avoid trees on the highway and was killed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Supercell thunderstorms moved across the lower midlands and produced large tornadoes. Other storms in the central midlands produced large hail and microburst wind damage. The largest tornado tracked across Aiken county along highway 278. There was one indirect fatality and around a dozen people were sent to the hospital. Several homes were destroyed and many had moderate to severe damage. Widespread trees and powerlines were also down in Aiken county. Total damage estimate was 6 million dollars.
40.92004-09-07233°50'N / 80°45'W33°52'N / 80°47'W2.50 Miles440 Yards03100K0Richland
 Brief Description: NWS survey found 3 mobile destroyed, several others damaged along with a couple of businesses. Three people were injured. Numerous trees and powerlines down.
43.31994-08-16233°54'N / 81°15'W2.00 Miles25 Yards0000Lexington
 Brief Description: Tornado demolished the north portion of a mini-warehouse complex near the SC602 and SC6 intersection. It moved northward and overturned three cars in Redbank, blew down trees and power lines.
44.11967-05-29233°55'N / 80°50'W0.50 Mile20 Yards0325K0Richland
44.41994-08-16333°55'N / 81°15'W0.30 Mile75 Yards0000Lexington
 Brief Description: Tornado completely destroyed a square stick frame home.
44.91987-08-31233°56'N / 80°51'W0.20 Mile10 Yards02250K0Richland
45.31975-09-17233°17'N / 81°49'W1.00 Mile37 Yards00250K0Aiken
47.81978-05-04233°26'N / 80°29'W33°40'N / 80°02'W30.50 Miles150 Yards01250K0Clarendon
48.31975-11-12234°00'N / 81°01'W2.00 Miles50 Yards07250K0Richland
48.41957-04-05233°50'N / 81°32'W34°02'N / 81°15'W21.30 Miles40 Yards0125K0Lexington
49.11968-08-06232°54'N / 81°44'W0.30 Mile10 Yards003K0Screven
49.51998-09-03232°45'N / 81°39'W32°49'N / 81°36'W8.00 Miles350 Yards07435K0Screven
 Brief Description: Numerous trees snapped off or uprooted. The most extensive damage was approximately 3 miles north of Sylvania. In this area, there were 5 mobile homes destroyed, 1 business destroyed, 15 mobile homes with major damage and 5 mobile homes with minor damage.


* 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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