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

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

Earthquake Index, #175

Brasstown, NC
0.18
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

Brasstown, 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, #501

Brasstown, NC
109.09
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 3,043 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Brasstown, NC were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:15Dense Fog:2Drought:30
Dust Storm:0Flood:224Hail:852Heat:10Heavy Snow:22
High Surf:0Hurricane:9Ice Storm:10Landslide:0Strong Wind:29
Thunderstorm Winds:1,620Tropical Storm:10Wildfire:1Winter Storm:36Winter Weather:21
Other:152 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Brasstown, NC.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 3 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Brasstown, NC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
27.81979-08-133.7535.24-84.38
37.41977-07-273.5735.42-84.42
47.81982-09-243.5835.68-84.25

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 46 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Brasstown, NC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.21974-04-03434°58'N / 84°13'W35°09'N / 83°57'W18.90 Miles33 Yards42625.0M0Cherokee
17.41974-04-03434°57'N / 84°18'W34°58'N / 84°13'W5.10 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Fannin
19.11974-04-03235°16'N / 83°59'W35°20'N / 83°49'W10.50 Miles33 Yards211250K0Graham
25.01974-04-03234°49'N / 84°21'W34°51'N / 84°19'W3.00 Miles200 Yards022.5M0Fannin
25.21980-04-28235°15'N / 84°20'W35°16'N / 84°17'W3.30 Miles50 Yards01250K0Monroe
26.82005-08-29234°40'N / 83°42'W34°44'N / 83°43'W5.00 Miles300 Yards003.0M0White
 Brief Description: A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service in cooperation with the White County Emergency Management Director and the White County Sheriff concluded that an F2 tornado had carved a five mile long path of destruction, roughly parallel to Georgia Highway 75, causing major destruction to the town of Helen. Extensive damage was reported to several business in downtown Helen, a Bavarian tourist town in the northeast Georgia mountains. The entire second floor was ripped off the Helen Econo Lodge by the tornado. A nearby chapel was completely destroyed. The roof of Hansel & Gretel's Candy Kitchen, the Alpine Village Shoppes, as well as that of a nearby barbecue company were all ripped off by the tornadic winds. A Circle K grocery store also suffered significant damage. Hundreds of trees were also down. One resident reported losing 200 trees just at his property. Georgia Highway 75 was completely blocked on both the north and south side of Helen from downed trees. Many power lines were also down in the area and power was out to much of the area for at least two days.
27.21974-04-03235°20'N / 83°49'W35°23'N / 83°35'W13.60 Miles33 Yards003K0Swain
28.41992-11-22334°34'N / 83°56'W34°41'N / 83°48'W10.00 Miles867 Yards172.5M0Lumpkin
32.51974-04-03234°41'N / 84°30'W34°49'N / 84°21'W12.60 Miles200 Yards032.5M0Gilmer
33.01974-04-03234°58'N / 83°23'W0.30 Mile20 Yards00250K0Rabun
34.61989-11-15334°37'N / 83°36'W34°42'N / 83°30'W8.00 Miles1760 Yards032.5M0Habersham
36.61974-04-03434°30'N / 84°09'W34°32'N / 84°07'W3.30 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Lumpkin
39.41989-04-04234°25'N / 83°59'W34°30'N / 83°52'W9.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Hall
39.91974-04-03335°16'N / 84°38'W35°19'N / 84°33'W6.10 Miles500 Yards050250K0Mcminn
40.21974-04-03235°31'N / 84°21'W1.00 Mile200 Yards00250K0Monroe
40.31973-12-13235°11'N / 84°39'W0.80 Mile880 Yards03250K0Polk
40.51974-04-03434°27'N / 84°15'W34°30'N / 84°09'W6.80 Miles200 Yards5132.5M0Dawson
41.61986-02-06335°18'N / 84°39'W35°17'N / 84°36'W3.00 Miles270 Yards002.5M0Mcminn
41.71952-02-29235°18'N / 84°40'W35°27'N / 84°28'W15.30 Miles587 Yards00250K0Mcminn
41.71977-03-30234°37'N / 84°30'W2.00 Miles100 Yards04250K0Gilmer
41.72010-04-25235°37'N / 84°08'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0020K0KBlount
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The NWS storm survey determined a tornado tracked from Loudon County for one-half of a mile along Thompson Bridge road. It was classified as an EF2 tornado with winds estimated at 110 mph with a path width of 100 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system along with an associated cold front tracked across the area triggering thunderstorms during the evening and overnight hours. A tornado touched down in eastern Monroe County, then tracked across southern Loudon County and finally dissipated in western Blount County. Another weak tornado touched down briefly in Polk County.
41.91989-04-04234°30'N / 83°34'W34°36'N / 83°27'W8.00 Miles50 Yards032.5M0Habersham
42.21986-02-06335°14'N / 84°39'W35°18'N / 84°39'W2.00 Miles270 Yards002.5M0Polk
42.41974-04-03335°13'N / 84°42'W35°16'N / 84°38'W5.40 Miles500 Yards10250K0Polk
43.31974-04-03335°14'N / 84°42'W35°15'N / 84°40'W2.70 Miles350 Yards003K0Polk
44.22002-11-11234°25'N / 84°16'W34°27'N / 84°14'W3.00 Miles100 Yards03200K0Dawson
 Brief Description: The Dawson county Emergency Management Director reported that the tornado that originated in Cherokee county and traveled across Pickens county, entered Dawson county in the Big Canoe area and continued to just east-northeast of the Big Canoe area before dissipating. Two double-wide mobile homes were completely destroyed just east of the Big Canoe area as large trees fell on the structures. While the contents of one were salvagable, those of the other were destroyed. Three injuries occurred at one of these mobile homes as the residents were trapped by the downed trees on the structure. In addition, there were four other homes that received minor damage in the Big Canoe area. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down in the area of the tornado and some roads were temporarily blocked as a result. Dawson county was one of five counties declared in a state of emergency by the governor.
44.61974-03-21235°00'N / 84°45'W0.80 Mile300 Yards07250K0Polk
45.21965-04-15234°23'N / 84°07'W34°22'N / 83°55'W11.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Pickens
45.41974-04-03235°40'N / 84°10'W35°40'N / 84°09'W02250K0Loudon
45.81976-05-14234°28'N / 83°32'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Habersham
46.11989-04-04234°25'N / 83°46'W34°22'N / 83°40'W7.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Hall
46.21986-02-06335°14'N / 84°49'W35°14'N / 84°40'W5.00 Miles270 Yards052.5M0Bradley
46.31974-04-08335°26'N / 84°37'W2.00 Miles440 Yards01250K0Mcminn
46.71974-04-03434°22'N / 84°20'W34°27'N / 84°15'W7.60 Miles200 Yards1172.5M0Pickens
46.81974-04-03434°46'N / 84°46'W34°48'N / 84°42'W4.70 Miles200 Yards12250K0Murray
47.11966-12-10234°35'N / 83°20'W0.50 Mile500 Yards003K0Stephens
47.91974-04-03335°11'N / 84°52'W35°13'N / 84°42'W9.70 Miles500 Yards20250K0Bradley
48.11963-03-19235°27'N / 84°39'W35°29'N / 84°36'W3.60 Miles200 Yards0125K0Mcminn
48.51985-04-05234°30'N / 84°36'W34°33'N / 84°31'W5.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Pickens
48.71974-04-03335°06'N / 84°55'W35°14'N / 84°42'W15.40 Miles350 Yards1100250K0Bradley
49.11989-05-05234°38'N / 83°14'W34°42'N / 83°12'W4.50 Miles73 Yards0025K0Oconee
49.11976-06-28235°19'N / 83°10'W0.20 Mile10 Yards00250K0Jackson
49.31989-05-05234°33'N / 83°19'W34°38'N / 83°14'W6.00 Miles300 Yards0152.5M0Stephens
49.42002-11-11234°21'N / 84°27'W34°26'N / 84°16'W14.00 Miles100 Yards0105.6M0Pickens
 Brief Description: The tornado that originated in Cherokee county near Beasley Gap, continued into and across Pickens county. Once again, the National Weather Service disaster survey team determined that this was a multi-segmented tornado, with much of the damage along the path caused by straight line winds of at least 70 mph. The tornado entered the county southwest of Cagle, then continued on to just north of Tate roughly paralleling Georgia Highway 108, then turned more eastward along Georgia Highway 53 to near Marblehill, through the Big Canoe golf course and recreation area, then east of Big Canoe into extreme western Dawson county. There was definite evidence of F2 tornadic damage just north of Tate where winds were estimated in the 113 to 157 mph range. Some of the hardest hit areas included homes on Pleasant Union Road near the Cherokee county border; the Mountain Lakes Estates area, where several homes suffered extensive damage; the Bethany-Salem district where at least 56 structures were damaged or destroyed; Refuge Road near Tate, the town suffering some of the greatest damage where several homes and business were destroyed; the Big Canoe area near the Dawson county border, where several homes were damaged and the tennis center suffered extensive damage. All together, a total of 26 structures, mostly residential homes were destroyed, 142 structures were partially damaged, 2 businesses were destroyed, and 14 vehicles were totally destroyed. In addition, ten people were injured, primarily in damaged homes or trapped in vehicles on which trees fell. One of the businesses destroyed was the popular Davis's Barbeque on Georgia Highway 108. The restaurant was completely blown away, including the 20-foot white columns that stood in front of the restaurant. Three of the injuries in the county occurred in new mobile homes behind the Barbeque restaurant when their homes were flattened by the winds and other debris from the restaurant. One of the children injured, a 4-year old girl, was found by a nearby pond. The Refuge Baptist Church suffered extensive damage and was left in shambles. The historic Big Canoe chapel was also among the structures suffering damage. The steeple and all of the windows were lost from the church along with other structural damage to both the exterior and interior walls. Numerous trees were uprooted and many power lines were damaged along the path. Thirty people had to be put up in shelters and at least 6000 people were left without power for an extended period. Pickens county was the hardest hit of five counties declared in a state of emergency by the governor.
49.51973-05-27234°48'N / 83°17'W34°57'N / 82°56'W22.50 Miles200 Yards01250K0Oconee
50.01973-11-21234°34'N / 83°17'W0025K0Stephens


* 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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