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

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

Earthquake Index, #100

Chester, SD
0.05
South Dakota
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

Chester, SD
0.0000
South Dakota
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, #72

Chester, SD
193.56
South Dakota
114.73
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 3,201 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Chester, SD were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:42Cold:11Dense Fog:1Drought:11
Dust Storm:0Flood:186Hail:1,601Heat:3Heavy Snow:50
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:9Landslide:0Strong Wind:43
Thunderstorm Winds:1,064Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:35Winter Weather:73
Other:71 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Chester, SD.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
12.81982-07-113.6544.01-96.72

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 72 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Chester, SD.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
2.31992-08-09243°52'N / 96°56'W3.00 Miles250 Yards002.5M0Lake
6.01992-06-16243°47'N / 96°56'W43°51'N / 96°51'W5.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Minnehaha
6.91956-06-29244°00'N / 96°58'W44°00'N / 96°53'W3.00 Miles33 Yards003K0Lake
8.21965-05-08243°46'N / 96°49'W43°49'N / 96°54'W4.50 Miles10 Yards0025K0Clay
8.51957-06-10243°51'N / 97°05'W000K0Lake
11.42000-07-11243°58'N / 97°10'W43°57'N / 97°07'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0050K0Lake
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed storage sheds, lighting, fencing, and caused other damage at Lake County Speedway. The tornado also damaged crops over a small area.
11.51987-07-11243°50'N / 96°44'W43°50'N / 96°42'W5.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Minnehaha
12.91956-06-29244°00'N / 96°53'W44°02'N / 96°34'W15.60 Miles33 Yards013K0Moody
14.51965-05-24244°00'N / 97°11'W000K0Lake
14.52008-06-05243°43'N / 96°46'W43°45'N / 96°44'W3.00 Miles100 Yards000K0KMinnehaha
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado caused damage to silos, farm buildings, power lines, and numerous trees. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Thunderstorms produced numerous events of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds over southeast South Dakota from late morning through the evening of June 5th. The thunderstorms also produced heavy rain which resulted in flash flooding at several locations.
17.11965-05-24244°00'N / 97°10'W44°07'N / 97°13'W7.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Lake
17.91970-06-15344°09'N / 96°57'W44°10'N / 96°54'W00250K0Lake
20.21962-05-12243°32'N / 96°59'W43°41'N / 96°58'W10.10 Miles880 Yards0025K0Minnehaha
23.31993-05-07343°36'N / 97°18'W43°42'N / 97°11'W10.00 Miles100 Yards005.0M0Mccook
 Brief Description: A tornado caused extensive damage in the Canistota area. Four metal grain storage bins were severely damaged and the roof was blown off the grain elevator. A large roof was blown off a building in Canistota resulting in rain seeping through the floors of the building. The roof blew into another building causing damage, and the flying debris took out power lines and transformers. The storm nearly totaled a farm including the house, and destroyed barns on other farms. Buildings were damaged in Montrose and a farm and metal buildings were lost on a farm east of Montrose.
24.21964-06-22243°29'N / 96°50'W43°38'N / 96°48'W10.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Lincoln
24.81961-06-21344°00'N / 97°05'W44°31'N / 96°43'W39.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Minnehaha
25.41956-08-08243°33'N / 96°46'W000K0Minnehaha
27.21969-06-25243°51'N / 96°24'W44°06'N / 96°23'W17.00 Miles120 Yards00250K0Pipestone
27.41954-05-27243°47'N / 97°33'W43°51'N / 97°23'W9.00 Miles90 Yards0025K0Mccook
27.71969-06-25243°40'N / 96°25'W43°51'N / 96°24'W12.30 Miles120 Yards05250K0Rock
29.81998-05-30243°42'N / 97°26'W43°36'N / 97°24'W6.00 Miles700 Yards00900K100KMccook
 Brief Description: A tornado spawned by the same storm which produced the Spencer tornado damaged farms, crops, trees, and power lines in southern McCook County.
29.92006-09-16243°33'N / 97°30'W43°42'N / 97°17'W12.00 Miles100 Yards00100K0Mccook
 Brief Description: A tornado affected 3 farmsteads, destroying numerous outbuildings, damaging farm equipment and a home, killing at least 5 cattle and injuring others. The tornado also damaged a hog confinement building and overturned a semi trailer on Interstate 90.
30.51965-05-08243°57'N / 97°30'W43°59'N / 97°34'W3.30 Miles243 Yards0025K0Miner
30.51954-06-19343°29'N / 96°43'W43°30'N / 96°40'W003K0Lincoln
31.01992-06-16344°21'N / 97°07'W44°19'N / 97°04'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Brookings
31.21984-06-07244°01'N / 97°32'W0.10 Mile60 Yards00250K0Miner
31.31973-07-01243°50'N / 97°33'W0.50 Mile67 Yards0125K0Mccook
32.01992-06-16344°05'N / 97°32'W44°11'N / 97°26'W3.00 Miles73 Yards002.5M0Miner
32.11961-06-21344°33'N / 97°32'W44°00'N / 97°05'W43.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Kingsbury
32.11998-05-30443°45'N / 97°37'W43°42'N / 97°26'W7.00 Miles1600 Yards615017.0M400KMccook
 Brief Description: The tornado from Hanson County destroyed most of Spencer as it strengthened and continued to grow. Most homes, other buildings, and other structures in Spencer were completely levelled. Debris and belongings were scattered over a large area, and one receipt blown from Spencer was found just west of Chandler, MN about 80 miles east of Spencer. The tornado killed 6 and injured 150 in Spencer. The tornado continued southeast from Spencer, widened, then weakened, and dissipated 4 miles southwest of Salem with another tornado then forming from the same storm. The tornado caused additional damage to trees, power lines, crops, and buildings on farms after moving southeast of Spencer. F70PH, F77PH, F93PH, F68PH, M62PH, F85PH
32.91992-06-16344°21'N / 97°10'W44°21'N / 97°07'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Kingsbury
33.21971-10-01243°33'N / 97°23'W0025K0Mccook
34.71966-05-22243°24'N / 97°00'W003K0Turner
34.91956-06-29243°44'N / 96°16'W000K0Rock
35.11965-05-24343°30'N / 97°30'W43°34'N / 97°20'W9.00 Miles20 Yards003K0Mccook
35.62007-05-05243°43'N / 97°36'W43°46'N / 97°37'W4.00 Miles400 Yards0050K0KMccook
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado damaged a house on the west side of Spencer and caused tree damage before crossing into western Hanson County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
35.72007-05-05244°04'N / 97°36'W44°04'N / 97°37'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0020K0KMiner
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado damaged outbuildings and destroyed a hunting lodge. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
36.21998-05-30343°45'N / 97°41'W43°43'N / 97°33'W7.00 Miles700 Yards001.0M100KHanson
 Brief Description: A large and strengthening tornado destroyed buildings and other property on five farms and also destroyed trees and power lines before crossing the eastern edge of Hanson County.
36.22007-05-05243°45'N / 97°38'W43°51'N / 97°39'W7.00 Miles400 Yards0010K0KHanson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado caused damage to trees and a junk yard after crossing over from McCook County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
36.31954-06-18243°25'N / 97°16'W43°28'N / 97°18'W2.70 Miles33 Yards003K0Turner
36.41993-05-07243°28'N / 96°29'W43°31'N / 96°27'W1.50 Miles70 Yards00500K0Lyon
 Brief Description: Border Crosser, went into Minnehaha County, SD at 1500CST. Intense thunderstorms developed ahead of an approaching cold front. This line was the first wave of storms to form. The bulk of the severe weather passed to the west and north of Iowa. One very large cell formed over the northwest corner of the state. It produced a tornado northwest of Larchwood, in the northwest corner of Lyon County. Buildings were damaged on three farms. A total of 10 buildings were destroyed as well as two silos. On one of the farms, the owner watched as a 1500 pound fertilizer tank was lifted 50 feet into the air and blew past his window. Total damage to the three farmsteads affected amounted to about $200,000. The only injury that occurred was to a bull on one of the farms. The bull sustained a broken leg. The tornado passed into southeast South Dakota shortly after this damage occurred. It was a border crossing tornado.
36.52003-06-24243°23'N / 97°08'W43°24'N / 97°08'W1.50 Miles200 Yards003.0M0Turner
 Brief Description: A tornado heavily damaged or destroyed numerous structures at the county fairgrounds, uprooted numerous trees, and blew down power lines, resulting in power outages which lasted up to a day. The tornado damaged other structures in Parker including homes and the county courthouse. One home was shifted off its foundation and received broken windows and damaged siding. Some of the damage resulted from falling trees or wind blown debris.
37.01956-05-10243°25'N / 97°15'W1.30 Miles100 Yards000K0Turner
37.91993-05-07243°35'N / 97°33'W2.00 Miles75 Yards00500K0Hutchinson
 Brief Description: A tornado carried a 60 X 120 foot metal pole barn into the tops of four grain bins causing extensive damage. The tornado also destroyed many small buildings and blew roofs off larger buildings on many farms in the area.
37.91993-05-07243°35'N / 97°33'W1.00 Mile75 Yards00500K0Mccook
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down on several farms destroying two pole barns, a grain bin, and a barn roof.
39.01965-06-07243°25'N / 97°20'W000K0Turner
39.61986-04-26243°18'N / 96°40'W43°24'N / 96°44'W5.00 Miles40 Yards00250K0Lincoln
39.81969-08-08243°42'N / 98°00'W43°38'N / 97°19'W34.30 Miles33 Yards0125K0Davison
40.31962-05-15244°00'N / 97°42'W44°04'N / 97°44'W4.10 Miles33 Yards020K0Miner
40.31962-05-16244°10'N / 97°39'W000K0Miner
40.41971-06-19244°27'N / 96°39'W000K0Brookings
41.61985-04-20343°54'N / 96°06'W43°55'N / 96°05'W0.80 Mile250 Yards002.5M0Pipestone
42.11971-06-19244°38'N / 97°06'W44°22'N / 96°27'W36.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Hamlin
43.01998-05-30243°46'N / 97°49'W43°44'N / 97°43'W6.00 Miles200 Yards0050K0Hanson
 Brief Description: A tornado damaged trees and power lines.
43.22003-06-24243°14'N / 96°56'W43°19'N / 96°59'W7.00 Miles300 Yards00500K0Turner
 Brief Description: A tornado, after crossing into Turner County from Lincoln County, heavily damaged farm buildings, including one farm home demolished, and roof and window damage to at least two other farm homes. The tornado also caused an unknown amount of crop damage.
44.31985-04-20343°55'N / 96°05'W44°01'N / 96°00'W7.20 Miles250 Yards022.5M0Murray
44.31986-04-26243°16'N / 96°55'W43°15'N / 96°51'W6.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Lincoln
44.91986-04-26243°14'N / 96°56'W43°16'N / 96°55'W6.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Turner
45.01986-04-26243°21'N / 96°23'W43°27'N / 96°19'W9.50 Miles70 Yards002.5M0Lyon
45.21954-05-27243°37'N / 97°47'W43°38'N / 97°43'W2.30 Miles100 Yards0125K0Hanson
45.41992-06-16243°59'N / 97°50'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0125K0Miner
45.61978-07-06243°28'N / 96°24'W43°26'N / 96°07'W14.20 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Lyon
45.61968-06-21244°24'N / 96°28'W44°22'N / 96°08'W16.40 Miles30 Yards010K0Lincoln
46.11964-06-22243°07'N / 96°53'W43°21'N / 96°53'W16.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Lincoln
46.21971-06-19244°34'N / 96°52'W003K0Deuel
46.91985-04-20243°11'N / 97°14'W43°18'N / 97°05'W12.00 Miles440 Yards002.5M0Turner
48.22000-07-25243°38'N / 96°03'W43°40'N / 96°00'W3.00 Miles200 Yards00150K0Nobles
 Brief Description: A tornado damaged buildings, vehicles, and trees on a farm. The tornado destroyed the west side of the house, blew three grain bins away and wrapped them around trees. The tornado also blew the top of a barn off, killing at least 4 calves inside.
48.91965-06-07443°11'N / 97°13'W43°14'N / 97°04'W7.80 Miles647 Yards102.5M0Turner
49.51986-07-18244°34'N / 96°42'W44°35'N / 96°29'W17.00 Miles150 Yards0025K0Deuel
49.51955-04-19244°17'N / 96°09'W44°25'N / 96°09'W9.20 Miles80 Yards00250K0Lincoln
49.71986-07-18244°34'N / 97°27'W44°35'N / 97°06'W14.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Hamlin
49.81981-08-03343°17'N / 97°09'W43°06'N / 97°05'W12.80 Miles440 Yards00250K0Turner


* 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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