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The chance of earthquake damage in Chief Lake is about the same as Wisconsin average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Chief Lake is much lower than Wisconsin average and is much lower than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #365

Chief Lake, WI

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

Chief Lake, WI

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, #816

Chief Lake, WI

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 1,229 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Chief Lake, WI were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:3Cold:16Dense Fog:1Drought:23
Dust Storm:0Flood:27Hail:428Heat:10Heavy Snow:113
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:5Landslide:0Strong Wind:3
Thunderstorm Winds:524Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:39Winter Weather:1

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Chief Lake, WI.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Chief Lake, WI.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Chief Lake, WI.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 25 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Chief Lake, WI.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
28.01958-06-04245°35'N / 91°06'W45°40'N / 90°50'W13.80 Miles200 Yards00250K0Rusk
28.11968-06-30246°15'N / 91°47'W46°18'N / 91°33'W11.40 Miles300 Yards00250K0Douglas
28.31953-05-10245°54'N / 92°02'W46°15'N / 91°45'W27.60 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Washburn
29.71968-06-30246°18'N / 91°33'W46°26'N / 91°00'W27.60 Miles300 Yards02250K0Bayfield
30.21957-07-04245°36'N / 91°46'W45°36'N / 91°42'W1.30 Miles150 Yards04250K0Barron
32.01965-05-07245°44'N / 91°56'W1.00 Mile150 Yards00250K0Washburn
33.12001-06-18245°50'N / 92°03'W45°50'N / 91°58'W4.00 Miles880 Yards0000Washburn
 Brief Description: The tornado, which began near Grantsburg in Burnett County, entered Washburn County at 851 pm local daylight time, 7 miles west of Spooner, and traveled to a point about 3 miles west of Spooner, dissipating around 900 pm. The tornado was in the dissipating stage as it entered Washburn County, but the tree and structural damage that was reported was still classified as F-2. Several homes had windows blown in, roofs torn off, or were damaged by falling trees.
34.71982-09-12245°22'N / 91°12'W45°32'N / 91°08'W12.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Rusk
36.92002-09-02345°28'N / 91°08'W45°28'N / 90°49'W16.00 Miles440 Yards02725.0M0Rusk
 Brief Description: The first tornadic supercell to rake Wisconsin this day started just west of Ladysmith and tore through the downtown before moving into rural parts of eastern Rusk County. Injury totals fluctuated at first, but Rusk County Emergency Management stated there were approximately 27 injuries, none more serious than a broken leg. The NWS performed a damage survey the next day, and the most severe damage, rated F3, was in downtown Ladysmith. In this area 4 blocks wide and 16 blocks long, 40 buildings were destroyed and 159 damaged. One church was blown off its foundation, although during the damage survey, it was apparent that it had been barely attached to the foundation. A pickup truck was also picked up and thrown into a tree. Two old brick buildings collapsed. As the tornado reached the east side of Ladysmith, it weakened to F2 status. Once it left Ladysmith, the tornado continued on an eastward path, striking a number of rural farm houses and producing mostly F1 damage until it dissipated.
37.41990-09-11245°26'N / 91°39'W45°26'N / 91°35'W3.00 Miles2500 Yards002.5M0Barron
37.61975-08-24245°16'N / 91°27'W45°33'N / 90°52'W34.20 Miles400 Yards0625K0Rusk
38.41953-05-10245°39'N / 92°10'W45°54'N / 92°02'W18.20 Miles100 Yards192.5M0Burnett
38.91964-06-18245°25'N / 91°39'W45°25'N / 91°38'W0225K0Barron
39.61964-06-18245°26'N / 91°45'W45°25'N / 91°39'W4.10 Miles13 Yards000K0Barron
39.82010-07-27246°13'N / 90°37'W46°13'N / 90°36'W1.00 Mile650 Yards000K0KAshland
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: There was significant damage to trees near Dry Lake Road, with evidence suggesting EF2 tornado damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A major severe weather episode occurred across northwest Wisconsin, with thunderstorms producing tornadoes, high winds, and large hail. A significant squall line with embedded supercells moved into northwest Wisconsin from Minnesota, with one particular storm producing three tornadoes in Ashland and Iron Counties. The Turtle Flambeau Flowage area of Iron County was hit the worst, with several injuries at a campground, massive tree damage, and structural damage occurring. Another area of major damage occurred in the Drummond and Delta areas, as down burst winds caused structural damage and destroyed hundreds of trees.
40.21990-09-11245°30'N / 91°53'W1.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Barron
40.91965-05-05245°35'N / 92°05'W45°38'N / 92°00'W4.50 Miles167 Yards0025K0Barron
41.81961-08-14246°00'N / 90°31'W45°58'N / 90°25'W4.50 Miles400 Yards00250K0Ashland
41.81959-05-26245°20'N / 91°18'W2.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Rusk
43.01977-07-30245°23'N / 90°55'W45°29'N / 90°43'W11.50 Miles1000 Yards000K0Rusk
44.51986-09-03245°19'N / 91°38'W45°20'N / 91°36'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Barron
46.81967-07-22245°24'N / 92°06'W45°18'N / 91°32'W28.20 Miles33 Yards06250K0Barron
46.81977-07-30245°18'N / 90°55'W45°23'N / 90°50'W6.50 Miles1000 Yards000K0Taylor
47.01967-07-22245°18'N / 91°32'W45°13'N / 91°07'W20.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Rusk
49.91977-07-30245°11'N / 91°13'W45°18'N / 90°55'W16.50 Miles1000 Yards182.5M0Chippewa

* 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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