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Benson, VT Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #109

Benson, VT
0.19
Vermont
0.31
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, VT
0.0000
Vermont
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, #264

Benson, VT
11.75
Vermont
27.21
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 2,109 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Benson, VT were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:2Cold:34Dense Fog:1Drought:6
Dust Storm:0Flood:249Hail:322Heat:14Heavy Snow:162
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:3Landslide:0Strong Wind:41
Thunderstorm Winds:988Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:92Winter Weather:38
Other:156 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Benson, VT.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

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

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 7 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Benson, VT.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
33.81976-06-11243°19'N / 73°43'W43°18'N / 73°41'W00250K0Washington
36.61969-05-29243°12'N / 73°06'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0125K0Bennington
46.32002-06-05243°11'N / 72°44'W43°11'N / 72°44'W0.10 Mile150 Yards0075K0Windham
 Brief Description: Thunderstorms, that initially developed in New York, and produced a macroburst in extreme eastern New York, moved into southern Vermont during the evening of the 5th. The storms spawned two tornados, one in Woodford Hollow, Bennington County and the other one near Wilmington, Windham County. The first touchdown, one mile north from Route 9, produced a swath 150 yards wide and a path length of one half mile. Many trees, as large as a foot in diamter, were either knocked over or ripped apart. Trees also fell on three automobiles. This tornado was assesed to be a F1 intensity, with winds estimated between 80 and 100 mph. The second tornado, 4 miles northeast of Wilmington, was even stronger despite a narrower swath of 50 yards. The path length was also about a half mile. This tornado, in addition to blowing some trees down, mostly destroyed a sturdy house on Haynes Road. The garage of the house was blown off its foundation. The family room was ripped off the end of the house, nearly killing the owner. Luckily the owner escaped without any injuries. However, antiques in the attic of the home, as well as numerous other possessions from throughout the house, were spread out for miles downwind, and a propane tanke was missing. The winds with this tornado were estimated between 125 and 150 mph. Non-tornadic thunderstorm winds blew some trees down in the town of Pownal. Lightnting struck a home in North Bennington causing a very small fire with minimal damage to the structure of the house.
46.61962-07-09243°18'N / 72°36'W43°22'N / 72°28'W7.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Windsor
46.81955-10-24243°22'N / 72°30'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Windsor
49.11968-08-20343°06'N / 72°48'W1.00 Mile27 Yards0125K0Hillsborough
49.11955-03-22243°00'N / 73°12'W0.10 Mile30 Yards0025K0Bennington


* 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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