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Bellefontaine, OH Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #160

Bellefontaine, OH
0.17
Ohio
0.16
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

Bellefontaine, OH
0.0000
Ohio
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, #896

Bellefontaine, OH
146.16
Ohio
156.02
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 4,064 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Bellefontaine, OH were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:2Cold:10Dense Fog:1Drought:8
Dust Storm:0Flood:489Hail:942Heat:6Heavy Snow:28
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:12Landslide:0Strong Wind:79
Thunderstorm Winds:2,356Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:45Winter Weather:10
Other:76 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Bellefontaine, OH.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Bellefontaine, OH.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
23.11937-03-095.5N/A40.4-84.2

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 57 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Bellefontaine, OH.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
5.61970-05-14240°17'N / 83°47'W3.00 Miles350 Yards00250K0Logan
11.22002-11-10340°21'N / 83°33'W40°21'N / 83°33'W2.00 Miles300 Yards0030K0Logan
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down across the extreme eastern part of the county and moved northeast, continuing into Union County. Two semi trailers and a shed roof were damaged.
12.21971-05-24340°29'N / 83°56'W1.00 Mile150 Yards0025K0Logan
14.11965-11-16240°12'N / 83°36'W0.20 Mile33 Yards0425K0Champaign
14.62002-11-10340°23'N / 83°32'W40°26'N / 83°27'W7.00 Miles300 Yards02500K0Union
 Brief Description: The tornado moved into the northwest part of the county from Logan County, tracking northeast across rural areas. Nine homes were damaged, four of which were completely destroyed. Half a dozen barn and sheds were destroyed. A 400-foot metal hi-tension cellular tower was toppled and destroyed and numerous cars were totalled. The worst damage occurred to a modular home along Newton-Perkins Road. Two individuals in the home were severely injured.
16.51958-06-13240°06'N / 83°50'W40°09'N / 83°45'W5.10 Miles33 Yards00250K0Champaign
16.61973-05-10340°14'N / 83°50'W40°01'N / 83°36'W19.20 Miles300 Yards003K0Champaign
19.71981-06-08240°17'N / 84°09'W40°18'N / 84°06'W1.30 Miles200 Yards02250K0Shelby
23.11961-07-28340°16'N / 84°11'W0.50 Mile200 Yards022250K0Shelby
23.41965-04-11440°21'N / 84°23'W40°23'N / 84°02'W18.40 Miles300 Yards3502.5M0Shelby
26.61965-04-11240°22'N / 83°16'W40°23'N / 83°15'W0525K0Union
27.32010-10-26240°37'N / 84°10'W40°39'N / 84°07'W3.00 Miles110 Yards00230K0KAuglaize
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down in Auglaize County at 1059 EST and continued into Allen County at 1102 EST before lifting at 1103 EST. The path width was 110 yards in Auglaize County and 20 yards in Allen County. The tornado traveled for 2.53 miles in Auglaize County and then 1.39 miles in Allen County. The damage was consistent with winds around 110 miles per hour in Auglaize County and 75 miles per hour in Allen County. The tornado was rated an EF2 in Auglaize County and an EF0 in Allen County. The tornado initially touched down southwest of Cridersville where the tornado destroyed a barn. The tornado briefly lifted and then touched down in Cridersville. Damage in Cridersville included roofs blown off of houses, a house shifted off of the foundation, a house with major structural damage, and a half collapsed brick gymnasium. Objects were also impaled into the side of buildings. The tornado again briefly lifted and then touched down again in Allen County near McClain Road, north of Hume Road. At this location a quarter of a metal roof was pulled off of a metal barn. Damage estimates in Auglaize County are 230,000 dollars and in Allen County damage estimates are 8,000 dollars. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A historically deep low pressure system sent a very strong cold front into a marginally unstable, but very sheared environment. A line of storms formed west of the area overnight and moved into the region during the peak heating hours of the day. Severe wind gusts occurred along the entire line with multiple tornadoes occurring around the region as well.
28.51961-06-08240°11'N / 84°15'W00250K0Miami
29.41973-05-10340°01'N / 83°36'W39°55'N / 83°31'W8.00 Miles300 Yards043K0Clark
31.61950-07-19340°43'N / 84°05'W40°50'N / 83°58'W9.70 Miles300 Yards0302.5M0Allen
33.21965-04-11240°23'N / 83°15'W40°25'N / 83°01'W12.30 Miles400 Yards4352.5M0Delaware
34.41960-08-21240°30'N / 83°11'W40°30'N / 83°05'W4.50 Miles880 Yards0025K0Marion
34.81979-08-08240°31'N / 83°08'W1.20 Miles50 Yards00250K0Marion
35.01973-05-10240°46'N / 83°30'W40°42'N / 83°07'W20.40 Miles267 Yards0025K0Wyandot
35.31971-05-06240°31'N / 83°12'W40°34'N / 83°04'W7.40 Miles150 Yards03250K0Marion
35.41965-04-11440°48'N / 84°12'W40°52'N / 83°52'W17.80 Miles400 Yards111002.5M0Allen
35.81974-04-03539°47'N / 83°43'W39°55'N / 83°36'W10.90 Miles533 Yards002.5M0Clark
36.71973-05-10339°55'N / 83°31'W39°55'N / 83°15'W14.10 Miles300 Yards003K0Madison
37.41974-04-03239°50'N / 83°34'W39°56'N / 83°18'W15.70 Miles180 Yards00250K0Clark
37.41973-05-25240°03'N / 83°11'W00250K0Franklin
37.71965-04-11440°52'N / 83°52'W40°57'N / 83°36'W14.70 Miles400 Yards24250K0Hancock
38.01963-04-19239°49'N / 83°51'W00250K0Greene
38.11964-06-15240°52'N / 83°28'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Wyandot
38.71975-11-10240°54'N / 83°33'W0.30 Mile30 Yards00250K0Hancock
39.01971-06-02340°55'N / 84°00'W40°56'N / 83°24'W31.50 Miles200 Yards0025K0Allen
39.41959-05-22239°54'N / 84°12'W003K0Miami
40.31973-05-30240°03'N / 83°07'W2.00 Miles17 Yards012.5M0Franklin
43.11973-05-08240°06'N / 83°07'W40°15'N / 82°51'W17.30 Miles67 Yards00250K0Franklin
43.51956-02-25239°44'N / 83°48'W0.30 Mile30 Yards00250K0Greene
44.41965-04-11240°25'N / 83°01'W40°28'N / 82°50'W9.90 Miles400 Yards0222.5M0Morrow
44.51964-06-15240°56'N / 83°22'W07250K0Wyandot
45.11989-04-25239°41'N / 83°56'W39°45'N / 83°51'W5.00 Miles123 Yards0162.5M0Greene
45.31980-07-09241°01'N / 83°41'W0.20 Mile50 Yards003K0Hancock
45.51970-05-13240°33'N / 82°56'W053K0Morrow
45.61974-04-03539°38'N / 84°03'W39°47'N / 83°43'W20.40 Miles533 Yards361150250.0M0Greene
45.61961-07-28340°12'N / 84°48'W40°14'N / 84°25'W20.20 Miles200 Yards02250K0Darke
46.51973-05-10240°42'N / 83°07'W40°40'N / 82°51'W13.90 Miles267 Yards003K0Marion
46.91971-06-02341°05'N / 84°00'W40°59'N / 83°15'W39.60 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Putnam
47.01997-07-02239°41'N / 83°49'W39°41'N / 83°49'W0.20 Mile300 Yards0050K0Greene
 Brief Description: A brief tornado developed in the apex of a bow echo that moved across the county. A house was blown off its foundation and moved 35 feet away. A low pressure system with an unusually strong mid and upper level jet streak was moving across the Great Lakes with an associated cold front moving across the upper Ohio valley. Thunderstorms developed across Indiana and moved into West-Central Ohio around mid-afternoon with a distinct bow echo causing wind damage from near to Lima to southeast of Columbus. On the southern edge of the first line of storms, a supercell developed over Central Indiana. This storm evolved into a bow echo and swept across the Dayton metro area causing extensive wind damage and a brief tornado in Greene county. Another supercell developed near Cincinnati and moved southeastward along the Ohio River. This storm produced the F3 tornado in Clermont county.
47.22000-09-20439°39'N / 83°59'W39°44'N / 83°53'W9.00 Miles500 Yards110015.0M0Greene
 Brief Description: A violent tornado that moved at 65 mph hit the town of Xenia for the second time in 26 years damaging some of the same areas that were hit in 1974. Along the path of the tornado, around 250 homes were either damaged or destroyed, over 40 businesses were damaged or destroyed including the local Wal Mart, Kroger, and Tire Discounters, and 6 churches were damaged. A strip mall was nearly destroyed, cars were thrown from the Highway 35 bypass into ditches, 4 semi-trailers were thrown up to 400 yards, and most of the buildings were damaged or destroyed at the Greene county fairgrounds. In Sugarcreek Township, which is to the southwest of Xenia, an additional 14 houses and 3 barns were damaged and some crops were destroyed on a narrow path. Over 10,000 residents were without power for at least 1 day. M63VE
47.61964-06-15240°59'N / 84°10'W41°02'N / 84°00'W8.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Putnam
47.71970-04-02240°07'N / 82°55'W2.00 Miles440 Yards00250K0Franklin
47.81966-10-09239°42'N / 84°02'W39°41'N / 83°56'W4.90 Miles100 Yards03250K0Greene
48.01981-06-13340°30'N / 82°54'W40°33'N / 82°51'W3.80 Miles350 Yards45625.0M0Morrow
48.11955-03-11240°12'N / 84°48'W40°12'N / 84°30'W15.60 Miles500 Yards02250K0Randolph
48.62001-10-24340°53'N / 84°19'W41°09'N / 83°54'W29.00 Miles440 Yards001.0M0Putnam
 Brief Description: Tornado touched down in extreme southeast Van Wert county northwest of Delphos as an F0 and moved northeast into Putnam county southwest of Fort Jennings. F3 damage occurred 2 miles southwest of Ottawa in Putnam county with significant damage to well built homes and structures. The tornado was skipping across northeast Putnam county with F1-F2 damage before lifting just south of the Henry county line east of Belmore.
48.81965-04-11440°44'N / 84°42'W40°46'N / 84°23'W16.50 Miles33 Yards04250K0Van Wert
49.01951-04-28241°00'N / 83°40'W41°06'N / 83°24'W15.20 Miles33 Yards052.5M0Hancock
49.11980-04-08239°59'N / 84°33'W1.00 Mile100 Yards002.5M0Darke
49.31992-02-18440°44'N / 84°34'W2.80 Miles40 Yards062.5M0Van Wert
49.71973-05-10339°55'N / 83°15'W39°55'N / 82°48'W23.80 Miles300 Yards033K0Franklin
49.92000-05-23240°40'N / 82°54'W40°40'N / 82°54'W3.00 Miles200 Yards00200K0Marion
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down near Lyons Road approximately four miles west of the Town of Martel. The observed damage path was approximately three miles in length and was oriented west to east. The width of the path varied between 100 and 200 yards. Five homes were damaged and two mobile homes destroyed. One of the mobile homes was found wrapped around a large tree.


* 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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