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Benton County Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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The chance of earthquake damage in Benton County is about the same as Indiana average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Benton County is lower than Indiana average and is higher than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #49

Benton 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

Benton 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, #75

Benton 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 13,079 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Benton County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:12Cold:34Dense Fog:14Drought:17
Dust Storm:0Flood:1,498Hail:3,534Heat:53Heavy Snow:136
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:44Landslide:0Strong Wind:114
Thunderstorm Winds:6,866Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:166Winter Weather:50

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Benton County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Benton County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 93 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Benton County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
6.81954-06-01240°42'N / 87°16'W003K0Benton
8.21991-08-08240°30'N / 87°19'W40°29'N / 87°15'W5.00 Miles127 Yards00250K0Benton
9.31956-03-06240°34'N / 87°29'W0.40 Mile250 Yards03250K0Benton
11.11991-08-08240°29'N / 87°15'W40°27'N / 87°11'W4.00 Miles127 Yards00250K0Warren
12.21974-04-03440°30'N / 87°08'W40°32'N / 87°06'W1.30 Miles333 Yards00250.0M0Benton
13.21974-04-03340°17'N / 87°29'W40°33'N / 87°08'W25.90 Miles700 Yards00250K0Warren
14.41962-04-30240°47'N / 87°28'W0525K0Newton
16.71968-05-15340°37'N / 87°42'W40°39'N / 87°34'W7.10 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Iroquois
20.81975-05-24240°41'N / 87°42'W0.10 Mile10 Yards0025K0Iroquois
21.61973-08-14240°28'N / 87°41'W0025K0Vermilion
21.81968-05-15240°29'N / 86°56'W003K0Tippecanoe
22.11963-04-22240°23'N / 87°01'W1.00 Mile100 Yards003K0Tippecanoe
22.21987-07-06240°55'N / 87°26'W0.90 Mile250 Yards032.5M0Newton
23.11976-03-20440°28'N / 87°00'W40°34'N / 86°47'W13.10 Miles300 Yards062.5M0Tippecanoe
23.81960-05-19240°16'N / 87°15'W0025K0Delaware
24.11958-06-08240°56'N / 87°09'W0025K0Jasper
24.21968-04-14240°44'N / 86°53'W00250K0White
25.81974-04-03240°15'N / 87°38'W40°21'N / 87°33'W7.80 Miles177 Yards0122.5M0Vermilion
26.01974-04-03440°32'N / 87°06'W40°52'N / 86°34'W36.10 Miles900 Yards10730K0White
26.11965-09-14240°21'N / 86°57'W40°23'N / 86°55'W1.30 Miles400 Yards00250K0Tippecanoe
26.51953-04-09340°15'N / 87°31'W40°16'N / 86°42'W42.90 Miles750 Yards002.5M0Warren
27.01974-04-01240°25'N / 86°52'W1.50 Miles77 Yards0025K0Tippecanoe
27.01980-06-07240°25'N / 86°52'W000K0Tippecanoe
27.21961-07-21240°16'N / 87°37'W40°16'N / 87°32'W3.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Vermilion
28.61978-04-10240°25'N / 86°52'W40°30'N / 86°45'W8.00 Miles77 Yards0025K0Tippecanoe
28.61971-03-19240°25'N / 86°50'W0.50 Mile20 Yards0025K0Tippecanoe
29.71976-03-20440°34'N / 86°47'W40°36'N / 86°43'W3.60 Miles300 Yards022.5M0Carroll
29.91976-04-23240°34'N / 87°53'W0025K0Iroquois
31.01978-06-25340°26'N / 86°58'W40°17'N / 86°41'W18.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Tippecanoe
31.91975-11-10240°22'N / 87°50'W0.10 Mile3 Yards00250K0Vermilion
32.41953-04-09340°14'N / 87°53'W40°15'N / 87°31'W19.20 Miles150 Yards1525.0M0Vermilion
32.81956-03-06340°38'N / 88°00'W40°44'N / 87°52'W9.40 Miles500 Yards06250K0Iroquois
33.01963-04-17441°08'N / 87°32'W41°02'N / 87°15'W16.10 Miles110 Yards020K0Newton
33.11980-06-02240°08'N / 87°24'W0025.0M0Fountain
33.21956-03-06240°35'N / 86°41'W0025K0Carroll
33.51954-05-31240°40'N / 88°06'W40°53'N / 87°44'W24.20 Miles400 Yards02250K0Iroquois
33.81976-03-12341°00'N / 87°42'W41°05'N / 87°32'W10.00 Miles150 Yards00250K0Kankakee
33.91965-04-11440°20'N / 86°50'W40°22'N / 86°42'W6.90 Miles500 Yards0100K0Tippecanoe
33.91966-12-08241°05'N / 87°09'W0125K0Jasper
36.01976-03-12341°05'N / 87°32'W41°10'N / 87°17'W13.90 Miles250 Yards07250K0Newton
36.21973-03-31240°47'N / 87°58'W0025K0Iroquois
36.21961-07-28240°45'N / 86°39'W0025K0White
36.21969-09-04241°01'N / 87°45'W2.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Kankakee
36.32010-06-05341°03'N / 87°45'W41°04'N / 87°36'W8.00 Miles175 Yards01600K0KKankakee
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado began 3 miles northwest of St. Anne in Kankakee county. The tornado developed just west of 6000E Road and tracked to the east, where it produced damage to a home and a garage along the road. At this location, a single family home collapsed upon itself, leaving it inhabitable. The garage sustained damage to its roof and exterior walls. The tornado was rated EF2 with winds estimated at around 113 mph. The tornado continued to move to the east northeast, where it increased in intensity as it encountered yet another family home at the intersection of Route 1 and 4000S Road. This home and the garage/barn next to it sustained considerable damage, leaving the home inhabitable. The damage to the home consisted of all the walls collapsing, with all remaining debris from the house tossed to the northeast. The garage walls collapsed with the contents tossed to the east. Two four-wheelers and a four-door automobile inside the garage were lifted and flipped over as the tornado passed. Further north along Route 1, there was minor structural damage to a couple of homes and several trees uprooted. Damage at this location was rated EF3 with winds estimated at around 142 mph and a path width of 175 yards. As this tornado continued to the northeast, it lost its intensity as it came across another residence at the intersection of 4000S Road and 8500E Road. Here, a house sustained partial damage to its roof with several surrounding trees having limbs sheared at the top. The tornado weakened at this point, and damage was rated EF1 with winds estimated at around 97 mph and a path width of 50 yards. The tornado moved to the northeast through a wooded area, causing damage to many trees along its way. The more significant damage occurred near the intersection of 13000E Road and Gamble Road in the Hopkins Park area, where several healthy large hardwood tree tops were sheared or broken. Some homes were damaged by falling trees. The tornado continued to weaken and damage was rated EF1, with winds estimated at around 88 mph, and a path width of 50 yards. It was along 13000E Road where the tornado appeared to lift, with no other damage evident beyond this point. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms, including a few long tracked supercells moved across central and northern Illinois, producing damaging winds, hail and tornadoes.
36.51963-04-17441°07'N / 87°15'W41°06'N / 86°56'W16.20 Miles110 Yards0162.5M0Jasper
36.61967-06-24240°16'N / 86°47'W003K0Tippecanoe
36.92004-04-20241°05'N / 87°37'W41°06'N / 87°37'W3.00 Miles50 Yards0000Kankakee
 Brief Description: The tornado began in an open field and moved north northeast along county road 11000 East, knocking down trees and limbs. The tornado intensified from County Road 2630 South to 2430 South where homes were damaged, a mobile home was destroyed and large trees were knocked down or damaged. The most intense damage occurred at a church where the roof was taken off and walls were pushed down. The tornado continued across a farm field knocking over 2 pivot irrigation systems. It ended near 1000 South where trees were damaged.
37.01958-06-13240°45'N / 86°43'W40°45'N / 86°33'W8.40 Miles50 Yards0025K0White
37.51956-05-21240°43'N / 88°01'W2.00 Miles70 Yards0025K0Iroquois
37.61976-04-23240°36'N / 88°02'W0025K0Iroquois
38.21992-06-17240°53'N / 87°57'W0.10 Mile20 Yards01250K0Iroquois
38.61950-01-25241°10'N / 87°20'W00250K0Kankakee
38.61965-09-14240°49'N / 88°00'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0225K0Iroquois
39.81961-03-06240°23'N / 86°38'W40°25'N / 86°35'W2.70 Miles70 Yards00250K0Clinton
40.11965-09-14240°37'N / 86°33'W003K0Carroll
40.31963-04-17441°06'N / 86°54'W41°05'N / 86°52'W020K0Pulaski
40.41990-06-22241°00'N / 87°55'W40°59'N / 87°53'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Iroquois
40.71976-03-20440°07'N / 87°57'W40°12'N / 87°41'W14.90 Miles800 Yards002.5M0Vermilion
40.81994-04-26241°06'N / 86°53'W20.00 Miles440 Yards00500K0Pulaski
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down near Francesville in southwest Pulaski County then tracked northeast across the entire county entering extreme northeast Fulton county 1.1 miles northeast of Monterey at 2313 EST. It then crossed into extreme southwest Marshall county 3.7 miles southwest of Culver at 2315 EST and lifted at 2321 EST about 2.5 miles southeast of Culver. The tornado destroyed five farm buildings, and damaged numerous others. One home was destroyed. A mobile home was lifted off the ground and placed on top of a car. Dozens of large trees were uprooted at Tippecanoe River State Park north of Winamac. The tornado damage path was intermittent.
41.11961-08-10240°19'N / 86°38'W0025K0Clinton
41.11963-04-29340°35'N / 86°41'W40°44'N / 86°23'W18.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Carroll
41.31962-04-30241°12'N / 87°12'W00250K0Jasper
41.61976-03-12341°10'N / 87°17'W41°15'N / 87°12'W6.60 Miles250 Yards18250K0Jasper
42.21990-06-22241°01'N / 87°56'W41°00'N / 87°55'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Kankakee
42.41962-07-02240°11'N / 87°59'W40°13'N / 87°51'W6.90 Miles50 Yards0025K0Champaign
42.91965-04-11440°22'N / 86°42'W40°25'N / 86°24'W15.90 Miles500 Yards0340K0Clinton
43.11967-09-26241°12'N / 87°03'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0125K0Jasper
43.51961-04-23341°19'N / 87°31'W41°09'N / 87°19'W15.40 Miles33 Yards0025K0Lake
44.31966-12-08240°03'N / 86°54'W0025K0Montgomery
44.91978-06-25340°17'N / 86°41'W40°11'N / 86°33'W9.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Clinton
45.01974-04-03440°52'N / 86°34'W40°55'N / 86°31'W3.60 Miles33 Yards040K0Cass
45.21954-06-01241°15'N / 87°29'W0025K0Lake
45.51976-03-12341°15'N / 87°12'W41°15'N / 87°02'W8.00 Miles250 Yards000K0Jasper
45.81968-06-11240°19'N / 86°32'W05250K0Clinton
46.11958-06-13240°03'N / 86°50'W0025K0Montgomery
46.21959-09-28240°52'N / 86°30'W003K0Cass
46.21961-06-22240°52'N / 86°30'W003K0Cass
46.61980-06-02340°05'N / 87°04'W39°55'N / 86°48'W18.10 Miles33 Yards1162.5M0Montgomery
46.61990-06-02240°00'N / 86°54'W40°05'N / 86°46'W10.00 Miles100 Yards0122.5M0Montgomery
46.81980-06-07240°39'N / 88°14'W40°37'N / 88°11'W3.00 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Ford
47.21996-04-19340°07'N / 87°57'W40°08'N / 87°57'W2.00 Miles1500 Yards11300Champaign
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down half a mile to the southwest of Ogden and travelled to the northeast right through the middle of the town. The tornado destroyed 68 homes, 12 businesses, 3 churches, the library, and a grade school. Once east of town, the tornado crossed I-74, where it killed a woman who was riding in a semi with her husband. The semi and trailer were picked up and rolled into a field. The woman, who had been in the sleeper portion, was thrown about 30 yards from the truck. She was killed instantly. After rolling the semi, the tornado damaged 2 more homes before lifting and dissipating 1 mile north northeast of Ogden. Back in Ogden the damage was variable. One house would have significant damage, when a nearby structure would only have minor damage. In addition to the destroyed homes and businesses, 128 homes and 8 businesses sustained major damage and 51 homes and 12 businesses had minor damage. With it's larger width, it appears that this tornado had multiple circulations within the parent tornado. Overall, one woman was killed and thirteen people were injured. No damage estimate was available yet. F55VE
47.41963-04-17441°11'N / 88°06'W41°08'N / 87°37'W25.20 Miles130 Yards1502.5M0Kankakee
47.51953-04-09340°11'N / 88°13'W40°14'N / 87°53'W17.80 Miles150 Yards0525.0M0Champaign
47.51982-04-02341°03'N / 87°59'W41°12'N / 87°51'W12.00 Miles750 Yards01525.0M0Kankakee
47.91974-06-20341°17'N / 87°25'W41°19'N / 87°20'W4.50 Miles150 Yards05250K0Lake
48.01968-05-15240°23'N / 86°27'W0025K0Clinton
48.51974-04-12240°06'N / 88°06'W40°16'N / 88°00'W12.50 Miles20 Yards00250K0Champaign
48.61974-04-03440°55'N / 86°31'W40°57'N / 86°28'W1.90 Miles33 Yards070K0Pulaski
48.61965-04-11440°01'N / 86°52'W40°03'N / 86°42'W8.90 Miles667 Yards21325.0M0Montgomery
49.31961-03-06240°08'N / 86°37'W0225K0Boone
49.81953-04-09340°16'N / 86°42'W40°17'N / 86°15'W23.60 Miles750 Yards162.5M0Clinton
49.91954-04-07341°00'N / 88°13'W41°15'N / 87°45'W29.60 Miles400 Yards113250K0Kankakee
50.01962-04-30341°18'N / 87°02'W003K0Porter

* 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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