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

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

Earthquake Index, #6

Champaign County
0.34
Ohio
0.16
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

Champaign County
0.0000
Ohio
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, #51

Champaign County
151.29
Ohio
156.02
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 15,327 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Champaign County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:5Cold:64Dense Fog:26Drought:40
Dust Storm:0Flood:1,990Hail:3,658Heat:55Heavy Snow:132
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:58Landslide:0Strong Wind:255
Thunderstorm Winds:8,511Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:187Winter Weather:46
Other:299 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Champaign County.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Champaign County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
29.31937-03-095.5N/A40.4-84.2

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 58 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Champaign County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.41958-06-13240°06'N / 83°50'W40°09'N / 83°45'W5.10 Miles33 Yards00250K0Champaign
2.71973-05-10340°14'N / 83°50'W40°01'N / 83°36'W19.20 Miles300 Yards003K0Champaign
10.01965-11-16240°12'N / 83°36'W0.20 Mile33 Yards0425K0Champaign
10.41970-05-14240°17'N / 83°47'W3.00 Miles350 Yards00250K0Logan
15.91973-05-10340°01'N / 83°36'W39°55'N / 83°31'W8.00 Miles300 Yards043K0Clark
18.92002-11-10340°21'N / 83°33'W40°21'N / 83°33'W2.00 Miles300 Yards0030K0Logan
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down across the extreme eastern part of the county and moved northeast, continuing into Union County. Two semi trailers and a shed roof were damaged.
20.41974-04-03539°47'N / 83°43'W39°55'N / 83°36'W10.90 Miles533 Yards002.5M0Clark
21.81981-06-08240°17'N / 84°09'W40°18'N / 84°06'W1.30 Miles200 Yards02250K0Shelby
22.31963-04-19239°49'N / 83°51'W00250K0Greene
23.81961-07-28340°16'N / 84°11'W0.50 Mile200 Yards022250K0Shelby
23.92002-11-10340°23'N / 83°32'W40°26'N / 83°27'W7.00 Miles300 Yards02500K0Union
 Brief Description: The tornado moved into the northwest part of the county from Logan County, tracking northeast across rural areas. Nine homes were damaged, four of which were completely destroyed. Half a dozen barn and sheds were destroyed. A 400-foot metal hi-tension cellular tower was toppled and destroyed and numerous cars were totalled. The worst damage occurred to a modular home along Newton-Perkins Road. Two individuals in the home were severely injured.
24.71974-04-03239°50'N / 83°34'W39°56'N / 83°18'W15.70 Miles180 Yards00250K0Clark
25.21973-05-10339°55'N / 83°31'W39°55'N / 83°15'W14.10 Miles300 Yards003K0Madison
25.71961-06-08240°11'N / 84°15'W00250K0Miami
25.71971-05-24340°29'N / 83°56'W1.00 Mile150 Yards0025K0Logan
27.61956-02-25239°44'N / 83°48'W0.30 Mile30 Yards00250K0Greene
28.01959-05-22239°54'N / 84°12'W003K0Miami
28.31965-04-11440°21'N / 84°23'W40°23'N / 84°02'W18.40 Miles300 Yards3502.5M0Shelby
29.51989-04-25239°41'N / 83°56'W39°45'N / 83°51'W5.00 Miles123 Yards0162.5M0Greene
29.91974-04-03539°38'N / 84°03'W39°47'N / 83°43'W20.40 Miles533 Yards361150250.0M0Greene
31.11997-07-02239°41'N / 83°49'W39°41'N / 83°49'W0.20 Mile300 Yards0050K0Greene
 Brief Description: A brief tornado developed in the apex of a bow echo that moved across the county. A house was blown off its foundation and moved 35 feet away. A low pressure system with an unusually strong mid and upper level jet streak was moving across the Great Lakes with an associated cold front moving across the upper Ohio valley. Thunderstorms developed across Indiana and moved into West-Central Ohio around mid-afternoon with a distinct bow echo causing wind damage from near to Lima to southeast of Columbus. On the southern edge of the first line of storms, a supercell developed over Central Indiana. This storm evolved into a bow echo and swept across the Dayton metro area causing extensive wind damage and a brief tornado in Greene county. Another supercell developed near Cincinnati and moved southeastward along the Ohio River. This storm produced the F3 tornado in Clermont county.
31.41973-05-25240°03'N / 83°11'W00250K0Franklin
31.61965-04-11240°22'N / 83°16'W40°23'N / 83°15'W0525K0Union
31.72000-09-20439°39'N / 83°59'W39°44'N / 83°53'W9.00 Miles500 Yards110015.0M0Greene
 Brief Description: A violent tornado that moved at 65 mph hit the town of Xenia for the second time in 26 years damaging some of the same areas that were hit in 1974. Along the path of the tornado, around 250 homes were either damaged or destroyed, over 40 businesses were damaged or destroyed including the local Wal Mart, Kroger, and Tire Discounters, and 6 churches were damaged. A strip mall was nearly destroyed, cars were thrown from the Highway 35 bypass into ditches, 4 semi-trailers were thrown up to 400 yards, and most of the buildings were damaged or destroyed at the Greene county fairgrounds. In Sugarcreek Township, which is to the southwest of Xenia, an additional 14 houses and 3 barns were damaged and some crops were destroyed on a narrow path. Over 10,000 residents were without power for at least 1 day. M63VE
32.51966-10-09239°42'N / 84°02'W39°41'N / 83°56'W4.90 Miles100 Yards03250K0Greene
34.91973-05-30240°03'N / 83°07'W2.00 Miles17 Yards012.5M0Franklin
36.11969-05-08339°40'N / 84°08'W39°42'N / 84°06'W1.90 Miles150 Yards0252.5M0Montgomery
38.21965-04-11240°23'N / 83°15'W40°25'N / 83°01'W12.30 Miles400 Yards4352.5M0Delaware
39.31969-05-10339°33'N / 83°55'W39°35'N / 83°47'W7.20 Miles400 Yards060K0Greene
39.82010-10-26240°37'N / 84°10'W40°39'N / 84°07'W3.00 Miles110 Yards00230K0KAuglaize
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down in Auglaize County at 1059 EST and continued into Allen County at 1102 EST before lifting at 1103 EST. The path width was 110 yards in Auglaize County and 20 yards in Allen County. The tornado traveled for 2.53 miles in Auglaize County and then 1.39 miles in Allen County. The damage was consistent with winds around 110 miles per hour in Auglaize County and 75 miles per hour in Allen County. The tornado was rated an EF2 in Auglaize County and an EF0 in Allen County. The tornado initially touched down southwest of Cridersville where the tornado destroyed a barn. The tornado briefly lifted and then touched down in Cridersville. Damage in Cridersville included roofs blown off of houses, a house shifted off of the foundation, a house with major structural damage, and a half collapsed brick gymnasium. Objects were also impaled into the side of buildings. The tornado again briefly lifted and then touched down again in Allen County near McClain Road, north of Hume Road. At this location a quarter of a metal roof was pulled off of a metal barn. Damage estimates in Auglaize County are 230,000 dollars and in Allen County damage estimates are 8,000 dollars. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A historically deep low pressure system sent a very strong cold front into a marginally unstable, but very sheared environment. A line of storms formed west of the area overnight and moved into the region during the peak heating hours of the day. Severe wind gusts occurred along the entire line with multiple tornadoes occurring around the region as well.
40.01986-03-10239°43'N / 83°16'W39°43'N / 83°13'W3.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Madison
40.51986-03-10239°43'N / 83°12'W39°45'N / 83°13'W3.00 Miles100 Yards0102.5M0Pickaway
41.51973-05-08240°06'N / 83°07'W40°15'N / 82°51'W17.30 Miles67 Yards00250K0Franklin
41.51986-03-10239°29'N / 83°34'W39°42'N / 83°17'W22.00 Miles100 Yards102.5M0Fayette
41.91960-08-21240°30'N / 83°11'W40°30'N / 83°05'W4.50 Miles880 Yards0025K0Marion
42.01973-05-10339°55'N / 83°15'W39°55'N / 82°48'W23.80 Miles300 Yards033K0Franklin
42.01969-05-10339°32'N / 84°00'W39°33'N / 83°55'W4.10 Miles400 Yards000K0Clinton
42.12006-10-11239°48'N / 83°06'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0060K0KPickaway
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado briefly touched down in extreme northwest Pickaway County. The damage path extended along a short length of Carson Road, just west of Interstate 71. A barn made of wood and cinder blocks was completely destroyed, with the cinder blocks being carried 200 to 300 yards away. Several pieces of wood were strewn onto neighboring properties, with some pieces impaled into the ground or asphalt. A few homes had significant roof damage and windows blown out. Large trees were snapped or uprooted along the damage path. The damage was mainly F1, with some isolated pockets of low end F2 damage up to 120 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A squall line moved through central Ohio during the evening. Two tornadoes occurred in the Columbus metro area as the squall line moved through.
42.61980-04-08239°59'N / 84°33'W1.00 Mile100 Yards002.5M0Darke
42.61979-08-08240°31'N / 83°08'W1.20 Miles50 Yards00250K0Marion
43.71971-05-06240°31'N / 83°12'W40°34'N / 83°04'W7.40 Miles150 Yards03250K0Marion
44.01990-09-14239°33'N / 84°03'W39°30'N / 83°59'W5.50 Miles200 Yards042.5M0Warren
44.31990-09-14239°30'N / 83°59'W39°29'N / 83°34'W22.50 Miles200 Yards022.5M0Clinton
44.71961-07-28340°12'N / 84°48'W40°14'N / 84°25'W20.20 Miles200 Yards02250K0Darke
44.91986-03-10239°27'N / 83°50'W39°31'N / 83°45'W6.00 Miles73 Yards0102.5M0Clinton
44.91963-06-05239°46'N / 83°04'W0025K0Pickaway
44.91970-04-02240°07'N / 82°55'W2.00 Miles440 Yards00250K0Franklin
45.01971-02-22239°37'N / 83°15'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Fayette
45.21992-11-22339°56'N / 84°38'W39°59'N / 84°33'W8.00 Miles500 Yards02125.0M0Darke
45.41990-09-14239°29'N / 83°34'W39°32'N / 83°26'W7.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Fayette
46.41950-07-19340°43'N / 84°05'W40°50'N / 83°58'W9.70 Miles300 Yards0302.5M0Allen
46.81955-03-11240°12'N / 84°48'W40°12'N / 84°30'W15.60 Miles500 Yards02250K0Randolph
47.01965-11-16339°30'N / 83°29'W39°30'N / 83°24'W3.80 Miles100 Yards04250K0Fayette
47.51963-05-27240°07'N / 84°40'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Darke
47.61971-02-22339°58'N / 82°56'W40°02'N / 82°50'W6.80 Miles100 Yards072.5M0Franklin
48.01973-05-10240°46'N / 83°30'W40°42'N / 83°07'W20.40 Miles267 Yards0025K0Wyandot
48.51975-04-02239°29'N / 84°07'W1.00 Mile50 Yards032.5M0Warren
49.21965-04-11240°25'N / 83°01'W40°28'N / 82°50'W9.90 Miles400 Yards0222.5M0Morrow


* 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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