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The chance of earthquake damage in Bluffton is lower than Arkansas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Bluffton is much lower than Arkansas average and is higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #440

Bluffton, AR

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

Bluffton, AR

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, #662

Bluffton, AR

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 3,533 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Bluffton, AR were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:3Dense Fog:0Drought:2
Dust Storm:0Flood:326Hail:1,454Heat:6Heavy Snow:4
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:5Landslide:0Strong Wind:4
Thunderstorm Winds:1,609Tropical Storm:1Wildfire:0Winter Storm:13Winter Weather:9

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Bluffton, AR.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 80 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Bluffton, AR.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
6.31995-10-26234°44'N / 93°41'W34°47'N / 93°29'W12.50 Miles800 Yards0000Yell
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down approximately four miles north of Sims in Montgomery County. The tornado travelled north-eastward just over 12 miles, crossing into Yell County around 2130 CST, before lifting near the town of Aly in Yell County. The tornado moved through the Ouachita National Forest. Damage along the path of the tornado consisted of extensive timber damage.
13.11951-10-23235°00'N / 93°30'W040K0Yell
14.81980-04-07234°51'N / 93°24'W34°52'N / 93°20'W4.10 Miles150 Yards00250K0Yell
20.51980-04-07235°08'N / 93°42'W35°08'N / 93°41'W00250K0Yell
21.81980-04-07235°02'N / 94°03'W35°08'N / 93°42'W20.90 Miles200 Yards01250K0Logan
24.31961-03-12234°52'N / 93°12'W2.00 Miles417 Yards0025K0Perry
24.91961-03-12234°35'N / 94°05'W34°42'N / 93°54'W13.20 Miles200 Yards0025K0Polk
26.01957-04-07234°54'N / 94°06'W34°57'N / 94°03'W4.70 Miles300 Yards003K0Scott
26.01976-03-26335°03'N / 93°25'W35°08'N / 93°09'W16.10 Miles100 Yards042.5M0Yell
26.31952-11-17234°42'N / 94°17'W34°57'N / 93°54'W27.80 Miles100 Yards0225K0Scott
26.61967-03-25235°08'N / 93°56'W1.00 Mile33 Yards050K0Logan
30.21999-03-05234°37'N / 94°12'W34°40'N / 94°00'W12.00 Miles200 Yards0000Polk
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in northern Polk County. The tornado tracked through rural areas, but caused some property damage. The roof of a home was damaged a couple of miles southeast of Acorn. The tornado caused mostly tree damage, with numerous trees downed or snapped. The tornado tracked 12 miles before dissipating.
30.52006-01-12235°07'N / 93°21'W35°11'N / 93°08'W13.00 Miles75 Yards0000Yell
 Brief Description: A strong tornado touched down in northern Yell County, about 5 miles southwest of Chickalah. Estimated winds with the tornado were around 140 mph. A house was severely damaged. An abandoned mobile home, used for storage, was badly damaged. A few chicken houses had major damage, and a number of others had parts of the roofs taken off. A travel trailer was overturned, with numerous sheds and outbuildings destroyed. A number of power lines and power poles were blown down. Hundreds of trees were either snapped off or uprooted. A mobile home was also destroyed by fire, apparently due to a fallen power line. The tornado tracked to the east-northeast for about 13 miles before moving into southern Pope County.
30.81973-11-24234°36'N / 93°12'W34°38'N / 93°07'W5.40 Miles133 Yards0025K0Garland
30.92003-05-01234°28'N / 93°56'W34°27'N / 93°53'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0000Montgomery
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved from southeast Polk County into southwest Montgomery County about 8.5 miles south-southwest of Pine Ridge. Widespread tree damage was noted along the path of the tornado. The tornado lifted about 9 miles south of Pine Ridge.
31.91961-11-02235°18'N / 93°42'W1.50 Miles100 Yards003K0Logan
32.02003-05-01234°33'N / 94°05'W34°27'N / 93°56'W10.00 Miles200 Yards0000Polk
 Brief Description: A strong tornado touched down in eastern Polk County. The tornado destroyed three barns, knocked the porch off a house and blew part of the roof off another house. Extensive tree and power line damage was noted along the path of the tornado. Some trees were blown onto homes and a camper was blown over. The tornado continued moving southeast into Montgomery County.
32.41959-03-31335°18'N / 93°45'W2.00 Miles300 Yards0025K0Logan
32.91975-02-22235°05'N / 93°15'W35°13'N / 93°07'W11.90 Miles80 Yards0025K0Yell
33.21982-12-23235°19'N / 93°43'W0.50 Mile100 Yards00250K0Logan
33.41982-12-23235°19'N / 93°44'W0.60 Mile80 Yards00250K0Logan
33.41955-03-20235°17'N / 93°44'W35°22'N / 93°32'W12.60 Miles60 Yards0025K0Logan
33.41957-05-11235°19'N / 93°31'W000K0Logan
34.82005-11-27234°24'N / 93°18'W34°32'N / 93°08'W13.80 Miles100 Yards0100Garland
 Brief Description: A strong tornado tracked into southwestern Garland County from Hot Spring County. The tornado rolled a mobile home into a tree, with a man injured near Pearcy. In the same area, several homes had mainly roof damage. The tornado then hit areas on the west side of Lake Hamilton, with structural damage to several homes and docks destroyed. Along the way, numerous trees were uprooted or snapped with power lines downed. The tornado dissipated roughly 3 miles southeast of Mountain Pine.
35.31955-11-15235°02'N / 93°03'W1.50 Miles73 Yards00250K0Perry
35.71955-05-26334°42'N / 93°04'W34°44'N / 92°58'W6.20 Miles1000 Yards03250K0Garland
35.91961-05-05234°31'N / 93°08'W2.00 Miles300 Yards06250K0Garland
36.02005-11-27234°21'N / 93°21'W34°25'N / 93°18'W4.20 Miles100 Yards0000Hot Spring
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in western Hot Spring County around 3 miles southeast of Bonnerdale and tracked quickly to the northeast. The tornado caused mainly tree and power line damage before moving into southwestern Garland County.
36.51971-05-23234°37'N / 94°26'W34°35'N / 93°58'W26.70 Miles600 Yards00250K0Polk
37.11982-12-23334°11'N / 93°55'W34°29'N / 93°46'W20.00 Miles400 Yards02925.0M0Hot Spring
37.42009-04-09334°32'N / 94°19'W34°37'N / 94°05'W15.00 Miles1075 Yards330130.0M0KPolk
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado began to the west-southwest of Mena, then tracked through the northwest side of Mena. According to the Polk County Judge, 165 houses were destroyed, 701 houses had major damage, and more than 11,000 trees were blown down. The Polk County Courthouse, county jail, Mena City Hall, and the police and fire departments were damaged in downtown Mena, as were several businesses. Mena Middle School, also located downtown, was structurally damaged beyond repair. A nursing home was also damaged. Most of the city lost electricity. The tornado then tracked to the northeast, badly damaging several industrial buildings. There was considerable roof damage at Rich Mountain Community College, and lesser damage to the hospital. As the tornado continued to the northeast, a tractor dealership was destroyed. A number of rural residences and farms were damaged as the tornado moved out into rural Polk County. North of Ink, damage was noted along Polk 74 and Polk 71; these same areas had been damaged by a tornado on October 6, 2008. Three fatalities occurred on the northwest side of Mena. One was a woman at a Masonic Lodge, and the others were a man and woman at separate residences. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Low pressure aloft approached from the west and collided with moisture and instability. Thunderstorms developed in eastern Oklahoma during the afternoon, then became more numerous as they entered western Arkansas during the evening. The storms brought a few tornadoes and numerous hailstorms to Arkansas during the evening hours.
37.51953-03-14335°13'N / 93°57'W35°33'N / 93°22'W40.10 Miles880 Yards00250K0Logan
37.51961-03-12234°52'N / 92°58'W2.00 Miles417 Yards000K0Perry
37.71953-03-14335°17'N / 93°17'W35°19'N / 93°15'W2.70 Miles880 Yards003K0Yell
38.11973-04-20235°23'N / 93°30'W1.50 Miles500 Yards0225K0Logan
38.42006-01-12235°12'N / 93°08'W35°13'N / 93°06'W1.70 Miles75 Yards0000Pope
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved out of Yell County and into Pope County about 5.3 miles south of Russellville. Winds were estimated around 140 mph. The tornado downed a number of trees and power lines. Several houses sustained roof damage. The tornado dissipated roughly 5.5 miles south-southeast of Russellville.
38.81960-05-05235°21'N / 93°20'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0225K0Johnson
39.01982-12-23234°30'N / 93°05'W34°33'N / 93°02'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Garland
40.31953-05-10235°16'N / 93°10'W35°17'N / 93°08'W2.30 Miles200 Yards000K0Pope
40.41982-01-22234°30'N / 93°03'W2.50 Miles20 Yards01250K0Garland
40.71967-03-05334°29'N / 93°05'W34°30'N / 93°01'W4.30 Miles67 Yards06250K0Garland
42.11965-03-16235°27'N / 93°35'W0025K0Johnson
42.21999-03-05234°14'N / 93°39'W34°14'N / 93°27'W10.00 Miles250 Yards0000Pike
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in eastern Pike County. The tornado moved through mostly rural areas, so property damage was minimal. However, numerous trees were downed. The tornado was on the ground for around 10 miles before moving into western Clark County.
42.31999-03-05235°27'N / 93°36'W35°27'N / 93°29'W7.00 Miles200 Yards0000Johnson
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in southern Johnson County. Toward the town of Hartman, the tornado heavily damaged or destroyed a couple of barns. Farther northeast toward Clarksville, every piece of tin was removed from a chicken house. Chickens were thrown from the house and from nearby houses. Up to 10,000 chickens were lost in the storm. Numerous trees were also downed. The tornado tracked about 7 miles before dissipating just southwest of Clarksville
42.81958-11-17234°19'N / 93°18'W34°19'N / 93°09'W8.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Hot Spring
43.01952-11-17234°34'N / 94°24'W34°42'N / 94°17'W11.40 Miles100 Yards0025K0Polk
43.01961-03-12235°27'N / 93°45'W35°28'N / 93°43'W1.90 Miles17 Yards04250K0Franklin
43.31957-01-22234°19'N / 93°10'W34°22'N / 93°10'W3.40 Miles880 Yards0025K0Hot Spring
43.31999-03-05234°16'N / 93°55'W34°15'N / 93°54'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0000Pike
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved out of Howard County (Shreveport County Warning Area) into western Pike County. The tornado was weakening, but still heavily damaged a trailer and knocked down a few trees. The tornado tracked only half a mile into Pike County before dissipating.
43.61953-03-14335°19'N / 93°15'W35°24'N / 93°07'W9.50 Miles880 Yards073K0Pope
43.61988-11-15234°23'N / 93°06'W34°27'N / 93°01'W5.00 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Garland
43.71954-02-19235°13'N / 94°15'W1.00 Mile33 Yards000K0Sebastian
43.81968-04-19435°12'N / 94°16'W2.00 Miles300 Yards142702.5M0Sebastian
43.91978-05-07235°16'N / 93°09'W35°15'N / 92°56'W12.30 Miles50 Yards0025K0Pope
43.91999-04-26235°17'N / 93°08'W35°20'N / 93°04'W6.50 Miles150 Yards0200Pope
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in southern Pope County. The tornado developed near Russellville and moved northeast. The tornado destroyed a concrete block building, and two people were injured inside. An apartment complex lost its roof, some storage buildings were heavily damaged, 15 homes suffered structural damage, and 50 homes had minor damage...mostly to roof shingles. A number of chicken houses sustained damage as well, and trees and power lines were blown down. The tornado dissipated about 5 miles northeast of Russellville.
43.91980-04-07235°08'N / 94°22'W35°08'N / 94°16'W5.40 Miles100 Yards08250K0Sebastian
44.01980-04-07335°27'N / 93°30'W35°29'N / 93°27'W3.60 Miles1707 Yards0762.5M0Johnson
44.11988-11-15234°17'N / 93°13'W34°23'N / 93°06'W12.00 Miles400 Yards042.5M0Hot Spring
44.51999-03-05334°14'N / 93°30'W34°13'N / 93°18'W13.00 Miles400 Yards002.0M0Clark
 Brief Description: A strong tornado produced in eastern Pike County moved into western Clark County. The tornado hit the town of Alpine and caused extensive tree and property damage. More than two dozen homes and almost a dozen mobile homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. In nearby Amity, a high school basketball game was cancelled when a Tornado Warning was issued. The tornado continued east of Alpine into a forested area and downed numerous trees. Just south of the tornado, yet another tornado was spawned with both tornadoes causing over 2 million dollars in tree damage across Clark County. The second tornado tracked across much of eastern Clark County. The first tornado was on the ground for about 13 miles before dissipating.
44.62005-11-27334°49'N / 92°56'W35°05'N / 92°46'W19.00 Miles800 Yards004.0M0Perry
 Brief Description: A strong tornado touched down over southern Perry County. Winds were estimated at 160 mph. The tornado initially tracked through the Ouachita National Forest where hundreds of trees were either snapped off or blown down. Once emerging from the forest area, the tornado downed eleven large steel towers on a 500 kilovolt power line. As the tornado continued tracking to the northeast, a sawmill was destroyed, along with several houses. Several dozen other houses sustained damage and several mobile homes were overturned. Numerous vehicles were damaged or destroyed, as well as a number of barns and outbuildings. Several chicken houses also sustained damage. Numerous trees and power lines were also downed. The tornado eventually moved into Conway County.
44.81993-11-13234°26'N / 94°27'W34°37'N / 94°11'W20.00 Miles100 Yards01150.0M0Polk
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down in Polk County and traveled approximately 20 miles before it lifted. Even though the tornado was not on the ground continuously, it still managed to cause extensive damage to several towns along its path. The tornado initially touched down approximately 2.50 miles west of Cove, along Highway 4. The storm passed through Cove where it damaged and destroyed several homes and businesses. The tornado then struck the Hatfield area where it destroyed or damaged a number of homes. The tornado continued moving northeastward and struck the southwest part of Mena. In Mena, a large number of homes and businesses sustained damage. Most of the buildings that were struck were either destroyed or received major damage. Eleven people in Mena were treated for minor injuries. A local park in Mena lost a number of large trees. Some of these trees were over 100 years old. A number of buildings in Mena were damaged as a result of trees falling on the structures. The tornado finally lifted about three miles northeast of Mena, in the community of Hillcrest, where it destroyed a few mobile homes and damaged several others. Initial estimates placed the damage at over $6 million.
45.01960-04-14335°28'N / 93°24'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Johnson
45.11954-02-15335°29'N / 93°29'W1.00 Mile100 Yards024250K0Johnson
45.31999-03-05234°12'N / 93°55'W34°13'N / 93°45'W10.00 Miles200 Yards0000Pike
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned south of a dissipating tornado in western Pike County. The former tornado tracked mostly through rural areas and caused little in the way of property damage. However, tree damage was extensive...especially just to the southeast of Newhope. The tornado tracked about 10 miles before dissipating.
45.41970-09-04235°19'N / 93°08'W35°15'N / 92°56'W12.30 Miles100 Yards05250K0Pope
45.81975-02-22235°13'N / 93°07'W35°23'N / 92°58'W14.30 Miles80 Yards04250K0Pope
46.21956-02-14335°10'N / 93°00'W35°12'N / 92°51'W8.90 Miles300 Yards02250K0Pope
46.41999-02-06235°14'N / 93°04'W35°18'N / 92°55'W8.00 Miles250 Yards0000Pope
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in southern Pope County about 1 mile southwest of Pottsville. As the tornado moved northeast, it damaged or destroyed several mobile homes and caused roof damage to houses. Several campers, boat sheds and storage buildings also sustained some damage. Most of the damage was along or near Highway 247 just south of Pottsville. Farther northeast, not as much damage was noted. Some trees were downed and the roof of a barn was damaged north of Atkins on Highway 105. A tree fell on a mobile home as well in the same area.
46.51988-11-15234°10'N / 93°23'W34°17'N / 93°13'W10.00 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Clark
46.72005-11-27235°06'N / 92°54'W35°10'N / 92°52'W3.90 Miles250 Yards0000Conway
 Brief Description: A strong tornado touched down in southwest Conway County, about 9 miles west-southwest of Morrilton. Winds were estimated at 125 mph. Damage consisted of several damaged or destroyed outbuildings and a few homes with minor roof damage. A number of trees were also blown down. The tornado moved northeast into Pope County.
47.82008-02-05335°10'N / 92°59'W35°16'N / 92°51'W11.00 Miles1050 Yards51511.5M0KPope
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado moved out of the Carden Bottoms area of Yell County, crossing the Arkansas River, and re-entering Pope County southwest of Atkins. The intensity and width of the tornado increased quickly within just a couple of miles after it moved across the Arkansas River. According to a survey by the Red Cross, damage included 46 houses destroyed, 19 houses with major damage, 37 houses with minor damage, and 2 other houses affected. In addition, 6 mobile homes were destroyed, 1 mobile home had major damage, and 4 others suffered minor damage. Several businesses were damaged as well. Numerous trees, power lines, and power poles were blown down. Several vehicles were blown off Interstate 40 as the tornado crossed the highway. One fatality occurred in the Lucky Landing area when a woman was thrown from her mobile home. Three fatalities, all members of a single family, occurred at a house on the east side of Atkins. Another fatality occurred in the Happy Bend community when a man left his mobile home and took shelter in a large, metal, intermodal shipping container. The container was blown hundreds of yards into the woods. The tornado then moved into Conway County, in the area west of Hattieville. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Early on the 5th, a strong storm system approached from the Plains. Ahead of the system, breezy southerly winds provided well above normal temperatures and abundant moisture. Warmth and moisture destabilized the atmosphere and fueled developing thunderstorms. A cold front moved across the state causing numerous severe storms and several tornadoes. One of the tornadoes tracked from Yell County to Sharp County, staying on the ground for 121.84 miles. This track length set a record for the longest tornado path ever recorded in Arkansas. The continuous track was confirmed by two National Weather Service meteorologists who flew the track with the Civil Air Patrol. The final track was based on ground surveys, the Civil Air Patrol flight, and an aerial mapping flight performed for the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
47.91955-05-26334°44'N / 92°58'W34°52'N / 92°36'W22.70 Miles1000 Yards00250K0Saline
48.21977-11-15234°35'N / 94°25'W0.50 Mile30 Yards0025K0Polk
48.61979-04-11234°15'N / 94°22'W34°28'N / 94°08'W20.10 Miles440 Yards0172.5M0Polk
48.82005-11-27235°10'N / 92°53'W35°11'N / 92°51'W2.30 Miles250 Yards0000Pope
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved out of Conway County and into Pope County about 5 miles south-southeast of Atkins. The tornado tracked across a rural part of the county with damage consisting of numerous downed trees and power lines. The tornado continued moving northeast and moved back into Conway County.
48.91959-03-14234°36'N / 92°48'W34°44'N / 92°47'W9.20 Miles417 Yards17250K0Saline
49.01961-03-12235°28'N / 93°48'W35°38'N / 93°22'W26.90 Miles17 Yards114250K0Johnson
49.51957-01-22235°33'N / 93°40'W35°34'N / 93°32'W7.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Johnson
49.61999-03-05234°12'N / 93°22'W34°13'N / 93°04'W20.00 Miles250 Yards0000Clark
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in western Clark County just south of yet another tornado that orginated in eastern Pike County. The former tornado moved through mostly forested areas and caused extensive tree damage. Some property damage also occurred as the tornado tracked near DeGray Lake. Close to the lake, metal roofs were peeled from several docks and boats were thrown. The tornado was on the ground for 20 miles before moving into western Hot Spring County.
49.81959-03-14234°34'N / 92°49'W34°36'N / 92°48'W2.70 Miles417 Yards00250K0Garland

* 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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