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

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

Earthquake Index, #132

Charleston, MS
0.04
Mississippi
0.05
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

Charleston, MS
0.0000
Mississippi
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, #405

Charleston, MS
201.81
Mississippi
280.40
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 2,371 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Charleston, MS were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:0Dense Fog:0Drought:12
Dust Storm:0Flood:227Hail:750Heat:20Heavy Snow:5
High Surf:0Hurricane:3Ice Storm:9Landslide:0Strong Wind:9
Thunderstorm Winds:1,285Tropical Storm:1Wildfire:0Winter Storm:8Winter Weather:8
Other:34 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Charleston, MS.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Charleston, MS.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 100 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Charleston, MS.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
0.61975-03-12234°00'N / 90°03'W1.00 Mile100 Yards073K0Tallahatchie
7.01984-04-21233°51'N / 90°20'W34°00'N / 89°55'W22.00 Miles10 Yards00250K0Tallahatchie
7.61980-06-24233°57'N / 90°10'W33°54'N / 90°07'W4.90 Miles300 Yards00250K0Tallahatchie
11.91988-12-27233°49'N / 90°13'W33°54'N / 90°06'W12.00 Miles73 Yards00250K0Tallahatchie
13.41968-12-27234°03'N / 90°17'W150K0Tallahatchie
15.31984-04-21234°00'N / 89°55'W34°05'N / 89°40'W14.00 Miles10 Yards00250K0Yalobusha
16.51990-12-21333°45'N / 89°57'W33°50'N / 89°55'W3.50 Miles440 Yards00250K0Grenada
17.71971-02-21433°41'N / 90°08'W34°31'N / 89°24'W71.20 Miles33 Yards000K0Grenada
17.71975-03-12233°58'N / 89°45'W1.00 Mile60 Yards0025K0Yalobusha
18.81988-12-27233°44'N / 90°14'W33°48'N / 90°11'W6.00 Miles73 Yards00250K0Leflore
18.91973-11-20333°41'N / 90°03'W33°48'N / 89°54'W11.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Grenada
19.01969-06-21233°53'N / 89°49'W33°48'N / 89°46'W6.50 Miles33 Yards000K0Grenada
19.61983-05-18233°45'N / 90°12'W0.70 Mile77 Yards00250K0Tallahatchie
21.11968-12-27233°46'N / 89°55'W33°44'N / 89°48'W7.30 Miles123 Yards0025K0Grenada
21.11973-04-24233°54'N / 90°24'W0422.5M0Tallahatchie
21.41978-05-12234°19'N / 90°13'W34°19'N / 89°56'W16.20 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Panola
22.01964-11-19234°12'N / 90°18'W34°24'N / 90°07'W17.30 Miles440 Yards0025K0Quitman
22.01975-03-12234°04'N / 90°26'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0525K0Tallahatchie
22.21973-03-10233°43'N / 89°47'W33°59'N / 89°39'W19.90 Miles220 Yards00250K0Grenada
23.41955-06-22234°09'N / 90°25'W34°30'N / 89°59'W34.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Quitman
24.21968-12-27233°41'N / 90°18'W33°43'N / 90°13'W5.60 Miles133 Yards003K0Leflore
24.41956-04-03233°36'N / 90°27'W34°19'N / 88°49'W105.9 Miles33 Yards000K0Leflore
24.81974-04-01233°40'N / 89°55'W0025K0Carroll
25.01973-11-24333°40'N / 90°12'W003K0Leflore
25.01975-03-12234°22'N / 90°00'W2.50 Miles70 Yards0025K0Panola
25.12001-11-24234°09'N / 90°27'W34°27'N / 90°11'W27.00 Miles300 Yards2165.0M0Quitman
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down in the western part of the county near Walnut and tracked northeast eventually crossing into Panola county. Two women were killed when the tornado destroyed their homes. Numerous buildings were destroyed in the county. A cotton plant was damaged just west of the town of Belen. Over 100 homes were damaged or destroyed. F73PH, F61PH
25.91971-02-21333°51'N / 90°31'W33°58'N / 90°28'W8.60 Miles33 Yards300K0Sunflower
26.01978-05-12234°19'N / 90°25'W34°19'N / 90°13'W11.50 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Quitman
26.71974-01-28233°44'N / 90°23'W0025K0Leflore
26.91988-11-19333°54'N / 90°32'W33°58'N / 90°30'W4.00 Miles100 Yards03250K0Sunflower
28.41974-04-12233°41'N / 89°45'W0025K0Grenada
28.51988-12-27234°09'N / 89°38'W34°10'N / 89°33'W5.00 Miles73 Yards00250K0Yalobusha
29.01976-04-24334°21'N / 90°24'W34°22'N / 90°16'W7.70 Miles300 Yards00250K0Quitman
29.31983-04-01233°35'N / 90°03'W1.00 Mile73 Yards0025K0Carroll
30.61970-04-01233°30'N / 90°19'W33°40'N / 90°06'W16.90 Miles300 Yards0425K0Leflore
31.41974-07-16234°04'N / 90°36'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0025K0Coahoma
31.51976-04-24234°25'N / 89°57'W34°26'N / 89°43'W13.30 Miles300 Yards00250K0Panola
31.71978-05-12234°19'N / 90°31'W34°19'N / 90°25'W5.70 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Coahoma
31.82000-01-03234°10'N / 89°33'W34°14'N / 89°33'W2.20 Miles300 Yards00100K0Yalobusha
 Brief Description: The tornado first developed just south of Highway 315 in the community of Hawkins Crossing and moved northeast across the northeast corner of Yalobusha county. The tornado continued into southwest Lafayette county and continued to travel northeast ending in Union county. One home was blown three feet off its foundation with only the west facing wall left standing. Two mobile homes were completely destroyed. Nine other homes and one barn recieved moderate to extensive damage.
32.11955-10-28234°12'N / 90°34'W2.00 Miles33 Yards01250K0Coahoma
33.91971-02-04233°43'N / 89°36'W33°46'N / 89°31'W6.10 Miles33 Yards7025K0Grenada
34.11968-03-11233°31'N / 90°07'W1.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Leflore
34.51971-02-21433°23'N / 90°21'W33°41'N / 90°08'W24.20 Miles33 Yards000K0Leflore
34.72001-11-24234°27'N / 90°12'W34°33'N / 90°09'W7.50 Miles300 Yards1122.0M0Panola
 Brief Description: The tornado moved into the far western part of Panola county from Quitman county and tracked northeast eventually moving into Tate county. One girl was killed when the mobile home where she was staying was destroyed. A cluster of homes and a Baptist church were destroyed. In all 35 homes damaged or destroyed. F10MH
34.91988-11-26233°44'N / 90°34'W2.00 Miles40 Yards002.5M0Sunflower
35.01976-04-24334°17'N / 90°41'W34°21'N / 90°24'W16.90 Miles300 Yards01250K0Coahoma
35.11973-11-20233°30'N / 90°04'W00250K0Leflore
35.32001-02-24333°29'N / 90°09'W33°31'N / 90°07'W5.00 Miles400 Yards002.2M0Leflore
35.81971-02-21333°31'N / 90°27'W33°38'N / 90°21'W10.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Leflore
37.31988-11-19233°26'N / 89°59'W33°31'N / 89°55'W7.00 Miles120 Yards00250K0Carroll
38.01974-10-29233°30'N / 89°48'W0.20 Mile50 Yards003K0Montgomery
38.71997-03-01334°04'N / 89°26'W34°10'N / 89°21'W5.00 Miles400 Yards0110K0Calhoun
 Brief Description: A second tornado developed in Calhoun county near Banner. This tornado also tracked northeast through extreme southeast Lafayette county, through the northwest part of Pontotoc county and through the middle of Union county. While damage occurred in all four counties, the most damage took place in Union county near the town of Martintown. All told 17 persons were injured. Ninety-one homes were damaged with forty-nine of these homes deemed uninhabitable.
39.01963-04-29334°25'N / 90°34'W34°26'N / 90°28'W5.70 Miles440 Yards510250K0Coahoma
39.31964-11-19234°21'N / 90°45'W34°11'N / 90°35'W14.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Coahoma
39.41974-04-01233°51'N / 90°43'W00250K0Bolivar
39.51952-08-03234°22'N / 89°31'W0.30 Mile200 Yards0025K0Lafayette
40.21956-04-03233°33'N / 90°36'W33°36'N / 90°27'W9.30 Miles33 Yards020K0Sunflower
40.41967-01-26233°29'N / 90°22'W0.30 Mile20 Yards07250K0Leflore
41.02005-09-24233°42'N / 90°40'W33°50'N / 90°45'W12.00 Miles200 Yards00800K100KBolivar
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down between Cleveland and Ruleville about 3 miles southeast of Dockery in Western Sunflower county. The tornado then tracked northwest into Bolivar county just east of Cleveland and then toward Merigold where it dissipated. As the tornado approached Cleveland it remained over open farm land and caused damage to trees and power lines. The tornado became more intense just east and northeast of Cleveland. Here the most significant damage occurred which was within a swath of nearly 2 miles that extended from the northeast outskirts of Cleveland to the Renova Community. A couple of buildings were severely damage with one commercial storage building totally destroyed. Three mobile homes were destroyed and 5 other homes sustained heavy damage. Three sheds were destroyed and numerous large trees and power poles were taken down. A mid-sized storage tank was thrown 1/4 of a mile into a field and 3 bicycle frames were thrown 1/4 to 1/2 a mile away. The tornado weakened as it moved toward Merigold and dissipated about 1 mile west of Town off Pemble Road. The total path length across Sunflower and Bolivar counties was 13 miles with a maximum width of 200 yards and maximum rating of F2. Additionally, this tornado developed from the same parent storm which produced the Belzoni tornado.
41.22001-11-24234°32'N / 90°11'W34°40'N / 90°06'W9.00 Miles300 Yards05500K0Tate
 Brief Description: The tornado moved into the southwest part of Tate county from Panola county and lifted up northeast of Strayhorn. Numerous buildings were damaged or destroyed.
41.51999-01-21233°29'N / 90°37'W33°41'N / 90°31'W15.00 Miles100 Yards00100K0Sunflower
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down in open field and moved northeast towards Blaine. A few trees and power lines were blown down until it reached Blaine. At Blaine, the storm did substantial damage to four wood structured houses and one brick structured house. One mobile home was destroyed and another received heavy damage. Two automobiles were also damaged by the debris. Further northeast along the track, the tornado destroyed two wood framed churches near Doddsville. Also a pivot irrigation system was over-turned and several power lines and power poles were blown down.
42.01975-03-12234°04'N / 89°24'W34°04'N / 89°15'W8.50 Miles60 Yards0025K0Calhoun
42.42000-01-03234°11'N / 89°31'W34°23'N / 89°16'W21.00 Miles150 Yards03100K0Lafayette
 Brief Description: The tornado first developed just south of Highway 315 in the community of Hawkins Crossing and moved northeast across the northeast corner of Yalobusha county. The tornado continued into southwest Lafayette county and continued to travel northeast ending in Union county. In the town of Paris in the southwest part of the county, a frame house was lifted off its foundation with the back end of the house completely blown out. One person in the house was injured. A nearby house under construction was severly damaged. Several other homes in the area received minor damage and numerous trees were snapped or uprooted. The tornado also produced some damage in the towns of Denmark and Lafayette Springs.
42.52005-09-24233°23'N / 90°15'W33°28'N / 90°20'W8.00 Miles250 Yards001.5M700KLeflore
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down just north-northwest of Cruger, in Holmes county, on the extreme southern end of Mosquito Lake and tracked northwest for 9 miles across southern Leflore county. As the tornado tracked northwest toward the Phillipstown Community, hundreds of trees were snapped and uprooted across Mosquito Lake. Between Phillipstown and Quito was where the most significant damage occurred. Two homes and a church were significantly damaged and hunting lodge was totally destroyed with its contents and debris scattered half a mile along the path. A steel framed cotton gin was nearly destroyed in Quito with nearly all of the roof gone and many walls taken down. A seed warehouse at this location was also significantly damaged. Additionally, hundreds of trees were damaged along with several bails of picked cotton that were scattered across a few fields. The tornado dissipated just to the northwest of Quito.
42.51975-05-29234°37'N / 89°57'W0.10 Mile13 Yards0025K0Tate
43.01976-03-20233°43'N / 90°45'W33°46'N / 90°43'W4.30 Miles440 Yards01250K0Bolivar
43.31976-03-26234°22'N / 89°26'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Lafayette
43.41972-04-15233°42'N / 90°48'W33°47'N / 90°41'W8.80 Miles33 Yards062250K0Bolivar
43.71965-01-23233°51'N / 89°19'W0.50 Mile23 Yards003K0Calhoun
43.71980-10-17233°22'N / 90°16'W33°25'N / 90°12'W5.40 Miles33 Yards00250K0Leflore
43.81962-04-28234°26'N / 90°24'W34°47'N / 90°12'W26.70 Miles1760 Yards15250K0Tunica
43.82001-02-24334°02'N / 89°21'W34°05'N / 89°14'W8.00 Miles50 Yards0010K0Calhoun
 Brief Description: The tornado began in rural Calhoun county and tracked northeast moving into Pontotoc county near Matthews.
44.01990-12-21233°18'N / 90°22'W33°30'N / 90°12'W16.00 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Leflore
44.51962-02-23234°33'N / 89°38'W013K0Lafayette
44.61997-03-01334°10'N / 89°22'W34°16'N / 89°16'W5.00 Miles400 Yards0010K0Lafayette
 Brief Description: A second tornado developed in Calhoun county near Banner. This tornado also tracked northeast through extreme southeast Lafayette county, through the northwest part of Pontotoc county and through the middle of Union county. While damage occurred in all four counties, the most damage took place in Union county near the town of Martintown. All told 17 persons were injured. Ninety-one homes were damaged with forty-nine of these homes deemed uninhabitable.
44.61953-12-05234°12'N / 90°44'W34°17'N / 90°50'W8.20 Miles30 Yards01125K0Coahoma
44.72009-07-30234°16'N / 90°46'W34°17'N / 90°46'W1.00 Mile600 Yards002K0KPhillips
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado crossed over from Burke Landing in Coahoma County Mississippi continuing to weaken and lifted shortly thereafter. A few trees were knocked down. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Mid-South during the afternoon hours of July 30th, 2009. A low pressure center developed along the front as the front moved into the area. The low pressure helped to spawn several tornadoes across the Mid-South. In addition, other storms produced damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding into the evening hours.
44.72008-02-05334°24'N / 89°31'W34°30'N / 89°27'W7.00 Miles1000 Yards01435.0M0KLafayette
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down in the Lafayette County Industrial Park on County Road 166 north of Oxford. The tornado destroyed the Ability Works Incorporated plant and tracked northeast hitting a county owned speculation warehouse and the Caterpillar Plant. The Elliot Lumber Company was also heavily damaged. The tornado then tracked northeast crossing County Road 101 near the County Road 104 intersection. In this area the Harvest Ministries Church, a mobile home and a veterinary clinic were all destroyed. Tree damage was noted as the tornado crossed Highway 7. The tornado continued northeast inflicting heavy damage along County Road 291 where 12 homes and mobile homes were destroyed. The tornado then damaged 2,500 acres of the Holly Springs National Forest before lifting about 2 miles east of Abbeville. A total of about 70 structures were damaged or destroyed. Eleven homes were destroyed and about 15 suffered heavy damage. About 10 mobile homes were destroyed or heavily damaged. Nine commericial structures were destroyed with another 6 suffering heavy damage. The rest of the structures had minor to moderate damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system tracked from Northern Arkansas into Southern Missouri during the evening hours of February 5th, 2008. Supercells developed out ahead of the system during the late afternoon into the early evening. The storms produced tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. As the supercells moved east during the evening, a cold front moved into North Mississippi. A squall line developed along the front and produced another round of large hail and damaging winds. The front continued to push east into the overnight hours.
45.11976-04-24234°26'N / 89°43'W34°29'N / 89°15'W26.80 Miles300 Yards0225K0Lafayette
45.21975-02-22234°33'N / 90°29'W34°36'N / 90°25'W5.20 Miles100 Yards03250K0Tunica
46.02009-07-30234°15'N / 90°50'W34°16'N / 90°46'W4.00 Miles600 Yards00750K0KCoahoma
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado continued northeast crossing over from Phillips County, Arkansas into Coahoma County, Mississippi and weakend. The tornado produced EF-1 damage near Burke Landing. Two hunting cabins were heavily damaged due to trees falling. An additional three to four houses were damaged. Several trees were knocked down in the area as well. The tornado continued northeast crossing back into Phillips County, Arkansas. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Mid-South during the afternoon hours of July 30th, 2009. A low pressure center developed along the front as the front moved into the area. The low pressure helped to spawn several tornadoes across the Mid-South. In addition, other storms produced damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding into the evening hours.
46.01957-11-07333°10'N / 90°10'W33°31'N / 90°00'W26.00 Miles300 Yards0125K0Carroll
46.42010-05-02234°29'N / 89°30'W34°30'N / 89°29'W1.00 Mile75 Yards10250K0KLafayette
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down just southwest of Abbeville and tracked northeast hitting the south side of Abbeville. The tornado lifted along County Road 215. One fatality occurred when a single family home was destroyed. A double wide mobile home was also destroyed. Three other homes sustained major damage. Numerous trees were also uprooted along the path. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An upper level disturbance slowly approached the Mid-South during the evening of April 30th, 2010 as a cold front became stationary to the west. This pattern remained in place through the evening hours of May 2nd, 2010. South to southwest winds pumped warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and created a very unstable atmosphere. Showers and thunderstorms developed in association with the front during the early evening hours and moved east into Eastern Arkansas shortly before midnight. Additional thunderstorms occurred in association with the upper level disturbance. Due to the unstable atmosphere, thunderstorms quickly became severe producing large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding. The severe weather evolved into an outbreak by May 1st and 2nd. Historic rainfall and flash flooding in addition to large hail and damaging winds occurred during the early morning hours of May 1st with several tornadoes occurring during the afternoon hours of May 1st to early morning hours of May 2nd.
46.41984-04-21333°38'N / 89°24'W33°42'N / 89°19'W7.00 Miles10 Yards2425.0M0Leflore
46.71974-06-15233°44'N / 90°48'W0025K0Bolivar
46.91978-12-03234°31'N / 90°36'W0.80 Mile100 Yards002.5M0Phillips
47.11967-05-01233°50'N / 90°51'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0025K0Bolivar
47.21964-11-19233°31'N / 90°46'W33°39'N / 90°38'W11.90 Miles33 Yards003K0Sunflower
47.81970-05-10234°17'N / 89°24'W34°23'N / 89°14'W11.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Lafayette
47.91964-11-19234°18'N / 90°51'W34°21'N / 90°45'W6.60 Miles100 Yards003K0Phillips
48.01971-02-21533°21'N / 90°36'W33°31'N / 90°27'W14.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Sunflower
48.01980-04-08234°42'N / 90°08'W0.70 Mile100 Yards0025K0Tate
48.01974-04-01233°48'N / 89°18'W33°47'N / 89°13'W5.10 Miles33 Yards0025K0Calhoun
48.31976-05-13233°22'N / 89°38'W33°30'N / 89°31'W11.40 Miles1320 Yards04250K0Montgomery
48.52009-07-30234°13'N / 90°53'W34°15'N / 90°50'W4.00 Miles600 Yards0010K0KPhillips
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado crossed into Phillips County from Coahoma County, Mississippi. The tornado moved northeast through a wooded area crossing the Mississippi River back into Coahoma County, Mississippi. Several trees were knocked down. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Mid-South during the afternoon hours of July 30th, 2009. A low pressure center developed along the front as the front moved into the area. The low pressure helped to spawn several tornadoes across the Mid-South. In addition, other storms produced damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding into the evening hours.
48.61980-10-17233°26'N / 89°34'W1.00 Mile200 Yards05250K0Montgomery
49.01957-11-07333°17'N / 90°14'W33°20'N / 90°10'W5.20 Miles300 Yards20250K0Holmes
49.11972-04-21333°19'N / 90°26'W33°21'N / 90°13'W12.80 Miles150 Yards000K0Leflore
49.41990-12-21333°16'N / 89°51'W33°24'N / 89°41'W13.00 Miles880 Yards1152.5M0Carroll
50.01957-11-14333°27'N / 89°34'W33°27'N / 89°26'W7.80 Miles100 Yards0025K0Montgomery


* 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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