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

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

Earthquake Index, #716

Benson, NC
0.00
North Carolina
0.18
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

Benson, NC
0.0000
North 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, #144

Benson, NC
157.93
North Carolina
115.21
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 3,698 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Benson, NC were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:5Dense Fog:0Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:348Hail:1,231Heat:2Heavy Snow:5
High Surf:0Hurricane:6Ice Storm:10Landslide:0Strong Wind:22
Thunderstorm Winds:1,864Tropical Storm:2Wildfire:0Winter Storm:32Winter Weather:20
Other:151 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Benson, NC.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Benson, NC.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 67 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Benson, NC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.61992-11-23335°28'N / 78°41'W35°28'N / 78°35'W4.00 Miles100 Yards000K0Harnett
9.51996-09-16235°15'N / 78°32'W35°15'N / 78°32'W1.40 Miles100 Yards00200K0Sampson
 Brief Description: The tornado first touched down about 5 miles southwest of the community of Spivey. A tin roof on a farm house was peeled back and two chimneys were toppled. Two farm sheds were destroyed on the same property. The tornado crossed Williams Lake Road where a mobile home was destroyed and its remains strewn 100 yards to the northeast across an open field and into a wooded area. The storm continued northeast and destroyed four turkey houses and a wooded area was reduced to splinters. The storm continued moving northeast, crossed Ottis Tew Road and struck a wooden house. A large portion of the roof was deposited on the east side of the home. Another portion of the roof was deposited in a tree on the northeast side of the house. Splintered pieces of wood from the house and tree branches were driven into the ground. Windows on the south side of the house were broken. The southeast corner of the home had indentations caused by flying debris. Trees in the yard were twisted, uprooted and stripped of their limbs. Tin from the turkey houses and out buildings was wrapped around trees.
13.71966-11-02235°30'N / 78°44'W35°31'N / 78°44'W1.10 Miles77 Yards00250K0Harnett
16.21992-11-23335°28'N / 78°35'W35°38'N / 78°05'W31.00 Miles100 Yards0122.5M0Johnston
17.71982-06-16235°33'N / 78°47'W35°35'N / 78°45'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Wake
18.11982-06-16235°32'N / 78°49'W35°33'N / 78°47'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Harnett
22.71971-02-22335°05'N / 78°55'W35°10'N / 78°39'W16.10 Miles500 Yards2602.5M0Cumberland
23.21971-01-05235°15'N / 78°55'W1.50 Miles150 Yards00250K0Harnett
23.61971-02-22335°10'N / 78°39'W35°42'N / 77°36'W69.60 Miles300 Yards000K0Sampson
23.71984-03-28334°58'N / 78°36'W35°10'N / 78°11'W25.00 Miles1407 Yards109025.0M0Sampson
24.51956-04-06235°30'N / 79°04'W35°33'N / 78°49'W14.40 Miles100 Yards0025K0Lee
25.71966-11-02235°31'N / 78°44'W36°00'N / 78°26'W37.40 Miles77 Yards09250K0Wake
26.91969-04-18334°57'N / 78°30'W35°07'N / 78°11'W21.30 Miles300 Yards0025K0Sampson
27.51981-02-11235°47'N / 78°30'W1.90 Miles800 Yards02250K0Wake
27.51976-06-02235°07'N / 78°11'W0.30 Mile13 Yards003K0Duplin
27.71984-03-28435°03'N / 78°15'W35°08'N / 78°10'W6.00 Miles1407 Yards05025.0M0Sampson
28.02008-11-15235°34'N / 78°06'W35°35'N / 78°06'W1.00 Mile150 Yards12500K200KJohnston
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado initially touched down around just north of Piney Grove Church Road, and damage was limited to minor tree and structural damage. The tornado then tracked northeast, over bare fields and stands of mature trees for approximately three quarters of a mile, twisting off mature trees, before producing significant damage at the intersection of NC Hwy 222 and Crumpler Road. The strongest evidence of EF-2 damage was at this intersection, where a well-constructed single level brick home was destroyed. The entire roof was blown off this home, a large pine tree fell through the kitchen. All of the walls on the west side of the house were missing. In addition, one vehicle was flipped upside down and another, with an attached trailer, was moved approximately 30 feet down the home???s driveway. The family of 4 was awakened as the damage occurred, but by great fortune, none sustained any injury. As the tornado crossed Scott Road, a double-wide mobile home was removed from its foundation and flipped approximately 50 feet. A 61 year old female occupant of this mobile home was killed, while her husband was transported to a medical facility. In addition, three other double-wide mobile homes were condemned as they sustained significant structural damage to roofs and southwest-facing exterior walls. A pickup truck was completely overturned in one of the driveways. Continuing northeast, the tornado moved across the Kenly International Airport. The tornado was likely aloft at this point, producing EF-1 damage to trees, but there was considerable debris from the homes on Scott Road strewn about the airport grounds. A portion of an open aircraft hangar constructed of sheet tin over a wooden frame was twisted and destroyed. There was also some damage to the Cessna 150 housed in this hangar. The tornado then crossed into southwest Wilson county causing damage to several mobile homes along Fabwhitley Road. Several other homes in the Lucama area suffered minor damage from the strong winds. The tornado finally lifted off the ground just north of Newsom Mill Road near a local racetrack. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two mini-supercells tracked northeast along a warm front during the early morning hours of the 15th. The two supercells spawned several tornadoes in Samspon, Johnston, and Wilson counties, two of which resulted in two fatalities.
28.21969-04-18335°07'N / 78°11'W35°09'N / 78°07'W4.50 Miles100 Yards0125K0Duplin
28.71984-03-28435°08'N / 78°10'W35°11'N / 78°04'W7.00 Miles1407 Yards04025.0M0Duplin
30.02008-11-15235°35'N / 78°06'W35°37'N / 78°03'W3.00 Miles150 Yards000K0KWilson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado initially touched down around just north of Piney Grove Church Road, and damage was limited to minor tree and structural damage. The tornado then tracked northeast, over bare fields and stands of mature trees for approximately three quarters of a mile, twisting off mature trees, before producing significant damage at the intersection of NC Hwy 222 and Crumpler Road. The strongest evidence of EF-2 damage was at this intersection, where a well-constructed single level brick home was destroyed. The entire roof was blown off this home, a large pine tree fell through the kitchen. All of the walls on the west side of the house were missing. In addition, one vehicle was flipped upside down and another, with an attached trailer, was moved approximately 30 feet down the home???s driveway. The family of 4 was awakened as the damage occurred, but by great fortune, none sustained any injury. As the tornado crossed Scott Road, a double-wide mobile home was removed from its foundation and flipped approximately 50 feet. A 61 year old female occupant of this mobile home was killed, while her husband was transported to a medical facility. In addition, three other double-wide mobile homes were condemned as they sustained significant structural damage to roofs and southwest-facing exterior walls. A pickup truck was completely overturned in one of the driveways. Continuing northeast, the tornado moved across the Kenly International Airport. The tornado was likely aloft at this point, producing EF-1 damage to trees, but there was considerable debris from the homes on Scott Road strewn about the airport grounds. A portion of an open aircraft hangar constructed of sheet tin over a wooden frame was twisted and destroyed. There was also some damage to the Cessna 150 housed in this hangar. The tornado then crossed into southwest Wilson county causing damage to several mobile homes along Fabwhitley Road. Several other homes in the Lucama area suffered minor damage from the strong winds. The tornado finally lifted off the ground just north of Newsom Mill Road near a local racetrack. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two mini-supercells tracked northeast along a warm front during the early morning hours of the 15th. The two supercells spawned several tornadoes in Samspon, Johnston, and Wilson counties, two of which resulted in two fatalities.
31.31957-04-08434°55'N / 78°35'W34°57'N / 78°30'W5.60 Miles150 Yards432250K0Sampson
32.01963-09-29235°06'N / 79°06'W35°09'N / 78°55'W11.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Cumberland
32.51984-03-28435°11'N / 78°04'W35°16'N / 77°56'W8.00 Miles1407 Yards35925.0M0Wayne
32.92009-05-05235°40'N / 78°06'W35°42'N / 78°04'W3.00 Miles100 Yards011.5M0KWilson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: At the intersection of North Carolina highway 581 and North Carolina Highway 42 at Buckhorn Crossroads and EF-0 tornado touched down at 3:44 EST and tracked off to the northeast. At Buckhorn Crossroads several trees were snapped off and shingles blown off a house. As the tornado moved to the northeast it tracked into a wooded area and began to intensive. It emerged from the wooded area just to the southwest of the intersection of Sadie Road and Rock Ridge School Road, into the Rock Ridge area, at 4:50 PM and had strengthen to an EF-2. At that time, peak winds were estimated at 120 to 135 mph with a path width of 100 yards. The first home that was damage to the southwest of the aforementioned intersection was a well built brick home that sustained roof and some structural damage. The carport attached to this house was destroyed as well. The tornado continued to track to the northeast uprooting and snapping off numerous hardwood trees, before crossing Sadie Road, just south of Rock Ridge School Road. In this area, the tornado caused significant roof and structural damage to two well built homes. Two garages where destroyed as well, one attached and one external. Other homes in the area sustained damage and downed trees as well. In all, eight house in the Rock Ridge area received some damage and downed trees. The tornado then crossed Rock Ridge School Road and continued to track off to the northeast into a field and eventually a wooded area where the tornado lifted. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two tornadic supercells developed along a stalled warm front that extended across souther piedmont and coastal plain of North Carolina. The cells produced 4 tornadoes in Johnston, Nash and Wilson counties.
33.71984-03-28334°52'N / 78°48'W34°58'N / 78°36'W11.00 Miles1407 Yards21125.0M0Cumberland
34.31986-08-20235°26'N / 77°56'W1.00 Mile23 Yards00250K0Wayne
34.51960-09-11234°55'N / 78°20'W1.00 Mile37 Yards0825K0Sampson
34.91981-02-11235°00'N / 79°04'W35°04'N / 78°54'W10.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Cumberland
36.01953-03-15335°46'N / 78°06'W35°45'N / 78°05'W1.30 Miles27 Yards000K0Nash
36.21956-03-18235°52'N / 78°48'W0.30 Mile100 Yards003K0Wake
36.71988-11-28435°52'N / 78°45'W35°58'N / 78°27'W20.00 Miles400 Yards2105250.0M0Wake
36.91998-03-08235°27'N / 77°54'W35°28'N / 77°53'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00100K0Wayne
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down in the Musgrave community about 7 miles northeast of Goldsboro. The tornado reached a maximum strength of F2 as it destroyed a chicken house, a brick outbuilding, and a tobacco barn halfway between Eureka and Patetown. A trailer was heavily damaged by flying projectiles (wood) from the tobacco barn. The wood flew completely through the trailers front wall and logged in the back wall.
37.11986-05-19234°59'N / 79°00'W35°03'N / 79°02'W6.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Cumberland
37.31963-09-29234°28'N / 79°06'W35°16'N / 78°20'W70.30 Miles100 Yards00250K0Robeson
37.31952-04-05235°48'N / 78°53'W35°54'N / 78°53'W6.90 Miles300 Yards0025K0Wake
37.41957-04-08434°50'N / 78°56'W34°55'N / 78°35'W20.70 Miles150 Yards08250K0Cumberland
37.61996-04-15235°53'N / 78°16'W35°53'N / 78°16'W2.00 Miles400 Yards051.0M0Franklin
 Brief Description: The storm moved into Franklin county and destroyed a cement block building 1 mile SW of the community of Pilot. The storm then crossed over Hwy 64 where numerous trees were twisted and downed. Several outbuildings were also destroyed. The storm then entered Pilot where the damage path reached 250 yards across. A frame house was rotated, lifted off its foundation, and moved 30 feet. Cars were thrown into a local farm pond along with other debris. As the tornado left Pilot and approached HWY 39, the tornado reached it greatest width of nearly 400 yards. Damage was evident at every home in its path. The storm then weakened before it moved into Nash county.
37.81984-03-28434°55'N / 78°55'W34°56'N / 78°53'W2.00 Miles2640 Yards002.5M0Cumberland
38.71955-03-16235°36'N / 77°58'W35°39'N / 77°52'W6.60 Miles500 Yards1125K0Wayne
39.31975-03-14234°58'N / 78°04'W35°00'N / 78°02'W3.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Duplin
39.41984-03-28335°12'N / 77°54'W35°16'N / 77°50'W5.00 Miles527 Yards07425.0M0Wayne
40.61984-03-28334°50'N / 78°52'W34°52'N / 78°48'W4.00 Miles1407 Yards0025.0M0Bladen
40.71981-02-11234°59'N / 79°05'W35°00'N / 79°04'W1.90 Miles847 Yards10250K0Hoke
41.71996-04-15235°01'N / 77°57'W35°02'N / 77°57'W1.00 Mile75 Yards0000Duplin
 Brief Description: Tornado destroyed 2 hog houses and damaged a third along Highway 903.
41.81984-03-28335°16'N / 77°50'W35°19'N / 77°47'W4.00 Miles527 Yards0725.0M0Lenoir
42.02009-03-27234°52'N / 78°58'W34°54'N / 78°57'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0135K0KRobeson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service Storm Survey confirmed an EF-2 Tornado touched down about 3 miles east of Parkton, North Carolina. The tornado first touched down along W Parkton Tobermory Road, halfway between Highway 301 and Interstate 95, with no significant damage. The tornado tracked north-northeast and intensified to EF-2 with winds to 130 mph as it impacted structures along E Everette Road. One mobile home was completely destroyed and an adult female was thrown by the tornado. The woman suffered minor injuries. Also at this location, the tornado destroyed a two story home that was empty at the time. The tornado continued to track to the north-northeast and eventually lifted across a wooded area. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A stationary boundary was located from GSB to POB southward through the Piedmont of South Carolina at mid-afternoon. A short-wave across the Georgia-South Carolina border was lifting northward across the area during the afternoon. Instability was marginal. Winds were virtually unidirectional, but there was modest speed shear through the lowest 3 kft.
42.61954-09-20235°43'N / 77°54'W0.50 Mile100 Yards04250K0Wilson
42.91992-11-23335°38'N / 78°05'W35°49'N / 77°43'W25.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Wilson
43.51953-03-15335°45'N / 78°05'W35°45'N / 77°44'W19.60 Miles27 Yards01250K0Wilson
44.21991-03-29235°52'N / 79°03'W35°53'N / 79°03'W1.00 Mile300 Yards000K0Orange
44.81981-02-11235°56'N / 78°09'W35°57'N / 78°06'W3.30 Miles800 Yards002.5M0Nash
45.01961-06-21234°57'N / 77°57'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Duplin
45.01984-03-28435°20'N / 77°47'W35°24'N / 77°42'W5.00 Miles1223 Yards0025.0M0Lenoir
45.21986-05-19234°52'N / 79°13'W34°59'N / 79°00'W13.00 Miles100 Yards05250K0Hoke
45.61981-02-11235°12'N / 79°23'W35°15'N / 79°16'W7.60 Miles800 Yards00250K0Moore
46.11957-04-08334°50'N / 78°05'W8.00 Miles150 Yards029250K0Duplin
46.21989-05-05235°55'N / 78°58'W36°02'N / 78°54'W8.70 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Durham
46.61996-04-15234°55'N / 77°57'W34°55'N / 77°57'W1.00 Mile75 Yards0370K0Duplin
 Brief Description: Tornado on Williamson Road ripped the roof off one trailer and totally destroyed another trailer. Three people were slightly injured.
46.61996-04-15234°55'N / 77°57'W34°55'N / 77°57'W0.80 Mile75 Yards00200K0Duplin
 Brief Description: Three turkey barns totally destroyed and the roof of a vacant house was partially blown off on NC50. Thousands of baby turkeys were killed.
47.02008-11-15335°45'N / 77°55'W35°50'N / 77°49'W8.00 Miles100 Yards141.0M200KWilson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado occurred along a discontinuous, approximately eight-mile path that began with minor roof damage to a dwelling and a snapped tree along Harrison drive just south of Ward Boulevard. The most significant damage was then noted to the northeast, along London Church Road, south of Route 1330. On London Church Road, one home was completely destroyed and swept off of its foundation. Based on eyewitness accounts and the damage, fire and rescue estimate the home rolled as many as four times. In this home, there was unfortunately one fatality and two injuries. Across the road from this home to the northeast, the upper portion of a home was destroyed, and another home had a roof completely blown away with trees on top of it. In this latter home, eyewitness accounts noted there were two more injuries, conditions unknown. The tornado then followed a discontinuous path into Elm City. There were numerous indications of tree damage in elm city with a porch roof blown off, and outbuildings damaged or toppled. Finally, the last noticeable damage was observed along route 1400, and just north of the intersection of Hefner Road and Route 1402, where small clusters of trees were snapped and outbuildings were damaged. The damage in and northeast of Elm City was consistent with EF-0 damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two mini-supercells tracked northeast along a warm front during the early morning hours of the 15th. The two supercells spawned several tornadoes in Samspon, Johnston, and Wilson counties, two of which resulted in two fatalities.
47.31988-11-28435°58'N / 78°27'W36°06'N / 78°04'W21.00 Miles200 Yards01725.0M0Franklin
47.41996-04-15234°54'N / 77°57'W34°54'N / 77°57'W1.50 Miles75 Yards00450K0Duplin
 Brief Description: Eyewitnesses saw a tornado as it destroyed 3 hog houses on NC11 south of Kenansville. Travelled NE downing trees which blocked the highway and struck another hog farm about a mile away destroying 4 hog buildings.
47.51984-04-04236°01'N / 78°53'W1.70 Miles67 Yards042.5M0Durham
48.21974-06-01234°49'N / 78°03'W00250K0Duplin
48.31999-04-15234°43'N / 78°47'W34°43'N / 78°47'W0.10 Mile30 Yards05200K0Bladen
48.71991-03-29235°42'N / 79°28'W35°52'N / 79°03'W25.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Chatham
49.41965-10-07235°39'N / 79°24'W35°41'N / 79°18'W6.10 Miles27 Yards0025K0Chatham


* 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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