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

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Earthquake Index, #101

Bernice, LA

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

Bernice, LA

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, #136

Bernice, LA

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 3,262 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Bernice, LA were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:2Dense Fog:0Drought:6
Dust Storm:0Flood:261Hail:1,345Heat:2Heavy Snow:2
High Surf:0Hurricane:1Ice Storm:7Landslide:0Strong Wind:4
Thunderstorm Winds:1,546Tropical Storm:3Wildfire:0Winter Storm:0Winter Weather:5

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Bernice, LA.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Bernice, LA.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 90 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Bernice, LA.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.51983-11-19332°50'N / 92°38'W2.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Union
1.51978-05-07232°50'N / 92°43'W32°49'N / 92°39'W4.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Union
3.21953-12-05232°48'N / 92°40'W32°54'N / 92°33'W9.70 Miles33 Yards01625K0Union
6.21978-12-03332°50'N / 92°44'W33°00'N / 92°35'W14.50 Miles100 Yards010K0Union
8.01983-11-19232°43'N / 92°42'W1.00 Mile100 Yards03250K0Lincoln
10.01999-04-03332°49'N / 92°52'W33°00'N / 92°44'W14.50 Miles600 Yards003.5M0Claiborne
 Brief Description: About 15 homes were severely damaged. Numerous large trees uprooted or snapped off.
10.91961-09-12232°58'N / 92°36'W33°00'N / 92°39'W4.10 Miles100 Yards0025K0Union
11.31978-12-03332°58'N / 92°37'W33°00'N / 92°35'W3.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Union
12.61961-09-12233°00'N / 92°39'W33°01'N / 92°37'W3.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Union
13.62002-12-18232°53'N / 92°32'W33°00'N / 92°24'W16.20 Miles110 Yards001.0M0Union
 Brief Description: A strong tornado developed under a supercell moving northeast across the parish. As the tornado developed in Union Parish, Louisiana, eyewitness reports described the tornado as resembling a stove pipe with screaming winds sounding like a banshee. Where the tornado originally touched down, a bowl like appearance was carved into the woods when viewing the initial impact point horizontally. The tornado then continued northeast across a combination of farmland and wooded region destroying 2 mobile homes and severely damaging 6 wooden houses. As the tornado moved into Union County, Arkansas, the tornado moved across only heavily wooded area void of structures.
14.31978-12-03333°00'N / 92°35'W33°02'N / 92°32'W3.80 Miles100 Yards000K0Union
15.21965-02-11232°33'N / 92°40'W32°40'N / 92°36'W9.00 Miles117 Yards0025K0Lincoln
16.61978-12-03332°49'N / 93°15'W32°58'N / 92°37'W38.20 Miles33 Yards000K0Claiborne
17.02003-04-24233°07'N / 92°51'W33°01'N / 92°36'W16.70 Miles125 Yards0000Union
 Brief Description: A strong tornado developed under a supercell which moved east across the southern portion of the county. Damage was largely confined to heavily wooded areas with only a few structures suffering light to moderate damage. Numerous snapped and fallen large trees were observed.
17.31996-11-30232°32'N / 92°47'W32°38'N / 92°40'W10.00 Miles250 Yards292.0M0KLincoln
 Brief Description: The tornado, in association with a line of severe thunderstorms, touched down in southwest Simsboro, LA. The tornado killed 2 men while injuring another as a tree fell across the cab of their truck while installing a radio. Nine people were injured. The tornado did minor damage to 33 homes, one was completely destroyed. Several mobile homes and one local church suffered major damage. The tornado struck the Ball-Foster Glass Container factory near I-20 knocking out brick walls and flipping 18 wheel trailers adjacent to the factory. As the tornado moved across I-20 several wrecks occurred including a tractor trailer which jackknifed into a ditch. M23VE, M?VE
18.21982-04-19232°33'N / 92°45'W32°35'N / 92°28'W15.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Lincoln
18.41978-05-07232°49'N / 93°14'W32°50'N / 92°43'W30.00 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Claiborne
20.11978-12-03332°32'N / 93°11'W32°50'N / 92°44'W33.40 Miles150 Yards000K0Claiborne
20.92005-01-12333°01'N / 92°44'W33°14'N / 92°27'W24.00 Miles900 Yards2133.0M0Union
 Brief Description: The tornado that moved through Claiborne Parish Louisiana moved northeast into Union County Arkansas. The tornado first struck the community of Junction City, Arkansas just north of the Arkansas, Louisiana state line. From the area surveyed, the tornado was on the ground continuously from touchdown to end. For the early part of the track, the damage was confined to minor damage to homes with numerous trees downed from Junction City to near Tatum Rd approximately 8 miles south of El Dorado. In Junction City, two people were injured when a tree fell on their home as they were in bed. As the tornado approached Tatum Rd, it appears to have intensified significantly while growing wider in its destruction. It was through the area from Tatum Rd, across Hwy 7 and into the vicinity of Rushwood Rd that the storm did its greatest damage. Numerous homes, both mobile and well constructed frame homes were either destroyed or heavily damaged. A number of vehicles were rolled and tossed through the air, landing several yards from their initial location. It was in the area of Tatum Rd through Rushwood Rd that two fatalities occurred, both of them elderly residents. The majority of the injuries also occurred in this area. After leaving the Rushwood Rd area, the storm began to weaken and decreasing in path width. Except for minor structural damage to buildings in Lawson, trees downed or broken was the main damage for the latter part of the track. M83MH, F83MH
21.12007-02-24333°01'N / 92°43'W33°12'N / 92°19'W26.00 Miles250 Yards050K0KUnion
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A strong tornado developed under a supercell thunderstorm which moved northeast across the county. Damage was largely confined to heavily wooded areas with less than 20 structures sustaining damage. Six of these structures received heavy damage near the community of Strong, Arkansas. Numerous snapped and fallen large trees were also observed. The extent of the damage ranged from shingles off some homes to others completely demolished. Of the 6 homes that were severly damaged...two were mobile homes. The tornado began in extreme southwest Union County near Junction City where a metal roof was blown off a pharmacy on Route 167. The tornado produced sporadic tree damage along Welloo and Welch roads. Moving northeast...the tornado downed additional trees across Caledonia and Iron Mountain roads. The tornado continued in a northeast direction...crossing Hwy 82 and intensified as it crossed Old Strong highway. Here a well build brick home was mostly demolished. The tornado traveled a half mile east and demolished a double wide trailer blowing the debris 150 to 200 yards downstream. Several other homes were affected from this storm before the storm lifted near the community of New London. Five injuries were reported from this tornado with no fatalities. At the most damaging point of the storm after it crossed Hwy 82...the storm was rated an EF3 on the new enhanced Fujita scale. A monetary damage amount was not available for this publication. The Damage Indicator for the event was (DI): FR 12 while the Degree of Damage for the event was (DOD): 8. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A vigorous upper level storm system moved into the southern plains and lower mississippi valley during the morning and afternoon hours of the 24th. The atmosphere became very unstable ahead of this system as a dryline moved into southwest Arkansas during the late morning and afternoon hours. Severe thunderstorms developed rapidly in the ustable airmass and enough shear was present such that tornadoes developed across portions of southwest Arkansas.
21.71984-05-02232°30'N / 92°37'W32°32'N / 92°35'W5.00 Miles150 Yards0025K0Lincoln
21.91953-04-29232°29'N / 92°32'W32°37'N / 92°25'W11.50 Miles200 Yards003K0Lincoln
23.81965-07-11232°31'N / 92°50'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0125K0Lincoln
23.82005-01-12232°44'N / 93°08'W32°47'N / 92°59'W15.00 Miles250 Yards0124.0M0Claiborne
 Brief Description: The tornado first touched down one mile east of the community of Langston. Trees were blown over and snapped off. The tornado was rated a low end F1 at this location. The tornado tracked northeast along Harris Rd for one mile where a mobile home was destroyed. The tornado was rated a low end F2 at this location. Other homes sustained minor roof damage. The tornado tracked northeast and caused minor to moderate roof damage at Moreland Rd. and Simpson Loop. This location was 3.5 miles south of Homer, Louisiana. The tornado was rated an F1 at this location. The tornado continued to the northeast one mile to Powell Rd. where a mobile home was completely destroyed. Other minor roof damage to a few homes occurred. Numerous trees were snapped off. The tornado was rated an F2 at this location. This location was 1.5 miles south of Homer. The tornado continued northeast past the Louisiana Hill Experiment Station where trees were snapped off and blown down. Several homes were damaged on the south and north side of Lake Claiborne. Ten to twenty homes were damaged in this area. One home had it's roof blown off just south of Lake Claiborne. The tornado continued along Route 2 for two and one-half miles where trees were blown down and minor roof damage occurred to 3 homes. This location was 5 miles east of Homer.
24.21964-04-05232°28'N / 92°47'W32°30'N / 92°42'W5.40 Miles83 Yards0025K0Lincoln
24.61999-04-03332°36'N / 93°05'W32°42'N / 92°58'W8.50 Miles200 Yards001.5M0Claiborne
 Brief Description: The tornado developed from a supercell which developed as a favourable upper level jet pattern and an unstable atmosphere moved over the area. Two mobile homes completely destroyed and two cars levitated and rolled. About 10 homes heavily damaged. Numerous large trees uprooted or snapped.
25.61984-05-02232°25'N / 92°47'W32°30'N / 92°37'W10.00 Miles150 Yards0025K0Jackson
25.71991-04-13233°12'N / 92°40'W2.00 Miles150 Yards00250K0Union
26.41972-03-28233°11'N / 92°48'W33°13'N / 92°43'W5.40 Miles880 Yards032.5M0Union
27.01978-12-03233°10'N / 92°54'W33°12'N / 92°48'W6.40 Miles50 Yards17250K0Union
27.61985-04-23232°54'N / 93°12'W32°54'N / 93°03'W5.00 Miles200 Yards000K0Claiborne
27.81982-04-25332°39'N / 93°16'W32°40'N / 92°55'W13.00 Miles500 Yards00250K0Claiborne
28.51972-04-15232°42'N / 92°30'W32°56'N / 91°50'W41.90 Miles50 Yards0025K0Union
29.71992-11-03332°27'N / 93°06'W32°34'N / 92°54'W7.00 Miles300 Yards0025.0M0Bienville
29.71972-03-28333°09'N / 92°28'W33°15'N / 92°20'W10.40 Miles880 Yards002.5M0Union
31.71950-02-12232°48'N / 93°14'W32°58'N / 93°10'W12.20 Miles100 Yards510250K0Claiborne
33.01953-12-05232°45'N / 92°08'W32°48'N / 92°03'W6.10 Miles33 Yards01125K0Union
33.41973-04-24233°13'N / 93°00'W0.50 Mile100 Yards003K0Union
33.52009-04-09232°25'N / 92°25'W32°24'N / 92°19'W6.00 Miles300 Yards00500K0KOuachita
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This storm developed in a wooded area along and east of Olive Grove Road in Jackson Parish where several small pine trees were snapped. Further east along Hwy 144 north of Eros, numerous large trees were snapped and a nearby home sustained roof damage. A barn in a field nearby also sustained significant roof damage. The tornado tracked east into Ouachita Parish, snapping and uprooting trees as well as causing minor roof damage to nearby homes along Guyton Loop Road. The tornado crossed Hwy 34, and moved onto Old Jonesboro Road where numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. One tree was physically moved 30 feet with the root ball intact, leaving a large hole in its original location. One mobile home was moved off of its foundation and several sheds and outbuildings were completely destroyed. Roof damage occurred to several homes along the street as well. The worst damage occurred to a home along Antioch Church Road, where the entire roof was peeled off and destroyed, leaving only the walls. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level storm system along with a surface dry line/front over northeast Texas moved east during the evening hours of April 9th into the early morning hours of April 10th causing long lived supercell thunderstorms. These thunderstorms caused long track tornadoes to occur across southeast Oklahoma, southwest Arkansas, northeast Texas, and north Louisiana.
33.71962-04-30233°12'N / 93°02'W2.00 Miles417 Yards0225K0Columbia
35.51965-09-21233°20'N / 92°33'W003K0Union
35.81954-04-30232°32'N / 92°09'W1.00 Mile67 Yards01250K0Ouachita
36.41990-05-16233°11'N / 93°20'W33°03'N / 93°02'W20.00 Miles77 Yards000K0Columbia
36.71986-03-18232°18'N / 92°27'W32°23'N / 92°21'W3.00 Miles150 Yards02250K0Jackson
36.81968-03-11232°18'N / 92°45'W0.50 Mile67 Yards0025K0Jackson
36.91953-05-16232°18'N / 92°45'W32°18'N / 92°22'W22.50 Miles100 Yards02250K0Jackson
37.31950-02-12233°16'N / 92°57'W33°21'N / 92°57'W5.70 Miles100 Yards0025K0Union
37.51986-03-18232°23'N / 92°21'W32°20'N / 92°19'W2.00 Miles150 Yards00250K0Ouachita
38.71983-12-02232°30'N / 92°07'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0102.5M0Ouachita
38.71986-11-07232°11'N / 92°39'W32°21'N / 92°36'W9.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Jackson
38.81978-05-07232°49'N / 93°25'W32°49'N / 93°14'W10.60 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Webster
39.21973-05-07232°50'N / 93°20'W0.50 Mile27 Yards0225K0Webster
39.81978-12-03332°45'N / 93°26'W32°49'N / 93°15'W11.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Webster
40.81978-12-03332°28'N / 93°18'W32°32'N / 93°11'W8.30 Miles300 Yards23250K0Webster
40.81983-04-01432°39'N / 92°01'W32°40'N / 91°57'W4.00 Miles1000 Yards002.5M0Ouachita
40.81982-04-25332°38'N / 93°23'W32°39'N / 93°16'W10.00 Miles500 Yards01250K0Webster
40.91999-05-04333°15'N / 93°13'W33°16'N / 93°04'W9.00 Miles100 Yards00600K0Columbia
 Brief Description: Two frame homes were demolished, several frame homes suffered roof damage, 1 church and 3 businesses suffered roof and frame damage. Many trees were snapped and uprooted. Damage estimates includes timber damage.
41.11961-09-12332°14'N / 92°42'W2.00 Miles400 Yards537250K0Jackson
41.51950-02-12332°11'N / 93°12'W32°33'N / 93°02'W27.10 Miles100 Yards00250K0Bienville
41.71950-02-12432°51'N / 93°26'W33°00'N / 93°18'W13.10 Miles100 Yards00250K0Webster
42.81953-12-05232°48'N / 92°03'W33°00'N / 91°48'W20.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Morehouse
42.81958-11-14232°39'N / 93°24'W32°43'N / 93°21'W5.60 Miles30 Yards0125K0Webster
42.91955-05-23232°15'N / 93°00'W32°17'N / 92°57'W4.10 Miles400 Yards0025K0Bienville
43.22000-04-23232°37'N / 93°30'W32°37'N / 93°13'W16.20 Miles700 Yards00800K0Webster
 Brief Description: About 200 houses suffered roof damage and numerous trees were either uprooted or snapped. Tree damage occurred up to 1 mile either side of the tornado track.
43.71957-01-22233°08'N / 92°02'W33°10'N / 91°59'W3.80 Miles33 Yards0025K0Ashley
43.81968-02-01332°24'N / 92°06'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Ouachita
44.01995-04-20232°51'N / 91°54'W2.00 Miles100 Yards03100K0Morehouse
 Brief Description: Three houses were destroyed. Three people were taken to the hospital for superficial injuries. Several roads were closed due to downed trees and power lines.
44.61983-04-01432°40'N / 91°57'W32°42'N / 91°52'W5.00 Miles1000 Yards2202.5M0Morehouse
44.71967-04-13233°07'N / 91°58'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Ashley
44.91984-05-02332°20'N / 93°25'W32°23'N / 92°58'W30.00 Miles250 Yards0025.0M0Bienville
45.01974-06-09232°54'N / 93°27'W32°57'N / 93°24'W4.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Webster
45.11994-04-11233°16'N / 93°14'W2.00 Miles45 Yards005.0M0Columbia
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down in Magnolia. The tornado traveled approximately two miles through Magnolia before lifting. The tornado damaged a number of vehicles in a car lot, destroyed a greenhouse at a local Wal-Mart and damaged a local gas station. Several mobile homes were either damaged or destroyed and a small church was also damaged.
45.21979-04-08333°32'N / 92°46'W33°25'N / 92°20'W26.20 Miles880 Yards012.5M0Calhoun
45.41981-05-13233°16'N / 93°23'W33°14'N / 93°08'W14.60 Miles440 Yards04250K0Columbia
45.81999-05-04233°06'N / 93°24'W33°10'N / 93°19'W6.50 Miles100 Yards00150K0Columbia
 Brief Description: A supercell developed under favourable atmospheric conditions. A partial roof was removed from a frame home. One mobile home was heavily damaged. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted. Damage estimates include timber damage.
46.31952-03-10332°14'N / 93°39'W32°47'N / 93°04'W50.90 Miles650 Yards00250K0De Soto
46.61979-04-08333°25'N / 92°20'W33°22'N / 92°06'W14.00 Miles1320 Yards002.5M0Bradley
46.72007-02-24233°16'N / 92°16'W33°25'N / 92°00'W19.00 Miles440 Yards06200K0KBradley
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A strong tornado touched down in Bradley County, about 11 miles southwest of Ingalls. Tornado damage occurred in the Mt. Olive community, about 13 miles south of Warren. A house suffered major damage and a mobile home was destroyed. An elderly woman was injured in the house, and a family of five was injured in the mobile home. Three other homes had minor damage, and several sheds and outbuildings were destroyed. Thousands of trees were blown down, as were a number of power poles and power lines. The tornado continued to move northeastward into Drew County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms affected parts of Central and Southeast Arkansas during the afternoon of the 24th. Several isolated supercells moved across the region and produced tornadoes.
46.72009-04-09233°00'N / 92°00'W33°02'N / 91°46'W14.00 Miles600 Yards00600K50KAshley
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado tracked across rural southern Ashley County and snapped and uprooted hundreds of large hardwood and softwood trees. Forty two homes were damaged with approximately 15 homes that were heavily damaged or destroyed. The most intense damage was along Meridian Church Road in southwest Ashley County. Here, intense tree damage resulted in several cross roads being blocked by dozens of trees, and several mobile homes and houses were destroyed by the winds and fallen trees. This was the area rated EF2 with 130 mph winds. Over the last several miles of the track, the tornado was narrower and damage was primarily in the EF1 category. EPISODE NARRATIVE: During the afternoon and evening of April 9th and overnight hours of the 10th, an outbreak of severe storms and tornadoes occurred across the ArkLaMiss region and pushed east through northern Louisiana and into northern Mississippi. While the majority of the severe weather occurred out of the NWS Jackson, MS service area, several reports of large hail and wind damage were reported along with a few tornadoes. One of the strongest storms moved east across Ashley County Arkansas. This storm produced an EF2 tornado over the southwest and southern sections, and contained a swath of quarter to golf ball sized hail which occurred across the entire length of the county. In looking at this event, which occurred over two days (April 9-10), in a regional view, this was likely the biggest severe weather and tornado outbreak during the spring of 2009. This event contained numerous strong tornadoes along with hundreds of large hail reports which stretched from the Southern Plains to several other southern States.
47.31999-01-01232°30'N / 93°27'W32°32'N / 93°19'W7.90 Miles50 Yards0088K0Webster
 Brief Description: Damage consisted of a 20 horse stall and building consisting of iron square tubing being destroyed. One tin feed shed was destroyed. Several modular homes suffered minor damage. Numerous large trees were snapped or uprooted. This tornado is a continuation of the Bossier Parish, Louisiana tornado.
48.01990-05-16233°10'N / 93°25'W33°11'N / 93°20'W6.50 Miles77 Yards000K0Columbia
48.91978-12-03332°42'N / 93°33'W32°45'N / 93°26'W7.70 Miles33 Yards000K0Bossier
49.01972-06-20333°21'N / 92°05'W0.30 Mile150 Yards0025K0Bradley
49.21950-02-12232°12'N / 93°35'W32°48'N / 93°14'W46.20 Miles100 Yards00250K0De Soto
49.31986-06-27233°00'N / 93°29'W0.30 Mile200 Yards05250K0Webster
49.41977-03-28232°06'N / 92°32'W32°09'N / 92°27'W6.10 Miles33 Yards0025K0Winn
49.71961-05-14232°13'N / 93°12'W32°17'N / 93°08'W6.10 Miles283 Yards0025K0Bienville
49.71957-12-19433°21'N / 93°15'W33°26'N / 93°08'W8.90 Miles33 Yards2925K0Columbia
49.81955-10-28233°32'N / 92°29'W0.50 Mile7 Yards003K0Calhoun
49.92000-04-23232°16'N / 93°11'W32°13'N / 93°08'W4.30 Miles200 Yards00120K0Bienville
 Brief Description: Several homes and businesses sustained major roof damage. Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped.

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