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

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Earthquake Index, #303

Clarkston, MI
0.01
Michigan
0.04
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

Clarkston, MI
0.0000
Michigan
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, #88

Clarkston, MI
233.66
Michigan
140.33
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 3,727 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Clarkston, MI were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:4Cold:19Dense Fog:4Drought:2
Dust Storm:0Flood:176Hail:999Heat:11Heavy Snow:52
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:13Landslide:0Strong Wind:38
Thunderstorm Winds:2,195Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:24Winter Weather:14
Other:174 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Clarkston, MI.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Clarkston, MI.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 92 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Clarkston, MI.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.71964-05-08242°41'N / 83°17'W0125K0Oakland
9.21986-09-10242°35'N / 83°29'W42°38'N / 83°18'W7.70 Miles50 Yards00250K0Oakland
11.51984-08-30242°23'N / 83°21'W43°23'N / 83°15'W5.60 Miles150 Yards042.5M0Wayne
11.91953-06-08342°36'N / 83°41'W42°41'N / 83°32'W9.10 Miles200 Yards042.5M0Oakland
11.91991-07-07242°38'N / 83°36'W2.50 Miles50 Yards00250K0Oakland
13.91972-08-02342°32'N / 83°29'W42°33'N / 83°27'W002.5M0Oakland
14.41976-03-20442°31'N / 83°25'W42°33'N / 83°20'W3.80 Miles117 Yards15525.0M0Oakland
15.22007-08-24242°46'N / 83°45'W42°48'N / 83°40'W4.00 Miles440 Yards0113.0M0KGenesee
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is the same tornado that began in Livingston County's Cohoctah Township. The tornado crossed into Genesee County approximately 3 miles west southwest of Fenton at 1649EST. The City of Fenton sustained the greatest amount of damage where the tornado path widened to approximately one-quarter mile, including the snapping and uprooting of hundreds of trees, de-roofing of both residential and municipal structures, and the partial collapse of a large retail structure near the intersection of Owen Road and U.S. 23. Of the approximately 250 homes/buildings damaged in Fenton, two were destroyed and five sustained major damage. The tornado was rated as EF2 in Fenton with wind speeds estimated at approximately 130 MPH. The average path width in Genesee County was 350 yards. One person in Fenton received minor injuries after being struck by flying glass. The tornado exited Genesee County one mile east of Fenton at 1700EST and then continued in Oakland County for another 5.5 miles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Four tornadoes moved through portions of Southeast Michigan on August 24th, leading to an estimated $25M in total damages. One long-track tornado cut a path of EF0 to EF2 damage across Livingston, Geneseee, and Oakland Counties. Fenton was the hardest hit area, prompting the Governor of Michigan to declare a state of emergency there. Tornadoes also touched down in eastern Shiawassee County (rated as EF0), northwestern Washtenaw County (rated as EF0), and southwestern Lapeer County (rated as EF1). Thousands of trees were lost to the tornadoes. Although hundreds of homes and buildings were damaged, many destroyed, remarkably only one person was injured (minor cuts from flying glass) and there were no direct fatalities. One man died (indirect) of a heart attack during the cleanup process in Fenton. In addition to the tornadoes, there were widespread reports of severe thunderstorm wind gusts producing downed trees, limbs, and power lines. The hardest hit areas with respect to severe thunderstorm winds included areas around Flint, Lapeer, St. Clair, Chelsea, Monroe, and many locations in Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Lenawee Counties.
15.51957-07-04442°31'N / 83°39'W42°31'N / 83°07'W26.90 Miles50 Yards02250K0Oakland
17.41953-06-08342°35'N / 83°42'W42°36'N / 83°41'W072.5M0Livingston
17.62001-05-21242°38'N / 83°46'W42°46'N / 83°45'W9.60 Miles200 Yards033.0M0Livingston
 Brief Description: A tornado developed near Hartland High School and Lake Walden, and moved north parallel to US-23, eventually crossing that busy highway between Clyde and Faussett Roads. There was a brief break in the damage path south of Center Road, but the tornado reformed again north of Center Road, this time back on the west side of US-23. The tornado continued north into Genesee County. Most of the damage to trees and structures was consistent with a weak tornado. However, near and north of the Majestic Golf Course, damage was considerably more intense, justifying an F2 rating. Seventy vehicles in the golf course parking lot were damaged (rolled, tossed, or struck by debris), with twelve of them totaled. Thirty five golf carts were destroyed, and a pontoon boat used to transport golfers was flipped. A large piece of a wooden footbridge was tossed through the enclosed back porch of the clubhouse. An amputee organization was having a golf outing that afternoon. Thankfully, the golf carts were equipped with G.P.S. units, and the course sent a message out on those units that a tornado was approaching. Only one person on the course suffered a minor injury (exact injury undisclosed). Three homes were destroyed near Clyde Road and US-23, as were a party store and a towing company that shared a building. A man at the party store suffered a minor hand injury, and two vehicles at the towing company were totaled. Several hundred trees were downed in this general area. Further north, several cars and semis were flipped when the tornado crossed US-23. One driver of a semi suffered a head injury when his truck overturned, though he was not seriously hurt. The TRW plant on Center Road lost a small part of its roof. Several cars in the parking of Tyrone Hills Golf Course had windows blown out. As the tornado moved across agricultural land, three cows were killed. A warm front moved slowly north into southeast Michigan, ushering in warmer and more humid air. Scattered thunderstorms developed south of the warm front around midday. They storms also moved north, at a faster pace than the warm front. A few of these storms produced tornadoes when they caught up to the warm front.
17.91987-06-21242°29'N / 83°28'W0.30 Mile80 Yards162.5M0Oakland
18.01973-06-26242°32'N / 83°12'W003K0Oakland
18.01956-05-12242°32'N / 83°40'W42°31'N / 83°34'W4.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Oakland
18.01956-05-12242°31'N / 83°37'W42°31'N / 83°35'W00250K0Oakland
19.61986-09-29242°52'N / 83°48'W42°55'N / 83°41'W5.60 Miles400 Yards00250K0Genesee
19.71956-05-12443°00'N / 83°41'W42°58'N / 83°33'W6.60 Miles100 Yards31162.5M0Genesee
20.01956-05-12242°33'N / 83°46'W42°31'N / 83°37'W7.40 Miles100 Yards05250K0Livingston
20.21956-05-12242°33'N / 83°45'W42°32'N / 83°40'W3.30 Miles100 Yards05250K0Livingston
20.91957-07-04442°31'N / 83°44'W42°31'N / 83°39'W3.00 Miles50 Yards04250K0Livingston
21.01990-09-14342°29'N / 83°28'W42°29'N / 82°55'W24.00 Miles90 Yards002.5M0Oakland
22.11974-09-17243°01'N / 83°38'W0.80 Mile33 Yards0025K0Genesee
22.11990-10-04243°02'N / 83°40'W43°00'N / 83°36'W3.00 Miles50 Yards012.5M0Genesee
22.51974-07-14343°03'N / 83°33'W1.00 Mile33 Yards00250K0Genesee
23.01984-08-08343°00'N / 83°42'W0.80 Mile67 Yards00250K0Genesee
23.32007-08-24242°42'N / 84°00'W42°46'N / 83°45'W14.00 Miles440 Yards007.0M0KLivingston
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado first touched down approximately 4 miles northeast of Fowlerville at 1630EST between Owosso and Fleming Roads approximately three-fourths of a mile north of Chase Lake Road in Cohoctah Township, Livingston County. Tornado damage was observed from the ground continuously for 14 miles in Livingston County through Cohoctah Township, Deerfield Township and northwest Tyrone Township where the tornado entered Genesee County and the City of Fenton. The tornado damaged 71 homes/buildings and leveled hundreds of trees in Livingston County. Eight homes were destroyed in Cohoctah and Deerfield Townships. The damage along the path was predominately consistent with EF1 scale damage (associated with approximately 100 MPH winds). However, there were 2 sections in Livingston County consistent with EF2 scale damage (and associated with approximately 130 mph winds). The first section of EF2 damage occurred along Schrepfer Road in Cohoctah Township, where a single family dwelling was destroyed. The second section of EF2 damage occurred near the intersection of Center and Mack Roads in Deerfield Township, where substantial structural and tree damage was observed. A third and final section of EF2 damage occurred in Genesee County through the City of Fenton. The average path width in Livingston County was 200 yards. The tornado exited Livingston County across Bennett Lake Road approximately a half mile west of U.S. 23 at 1649EST. It then continued for 4 miles across southeastern Genesee County and for another 5.5 miles in western Oakland County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Four tornadoes moved through portions of Southeast Michigan on August 24th, leading to an estimated $25M in total damages. One long-track tornado cut a path of EF0 to EF2 damage across Livingston, Geneseee, and Oakland Counties. Fenton was the hardest hit area, prompting the Governor of Michigan to declare a state of emergency there. Tornadoes also touched down in eastern Shiawassee County (rated as EF0), northwestern Washtenaw County (rated as EF0), and southwestern Lapeer County (rated as EF1). Thousands of trees were lost to the tornadoes. Although hundreds of homes and buildings were damaged, many destroyed, remarkably only one person was injured (minor cuts from flying glass) and there were no direct fatalities. One man died (indirect) of a heart attack during the cleanup process in Fenton. In addition to the tornadoes, there were widespread reports of severe thunderstorm wind gusts producing downed trees, limbs, and power lines. The hardest hit areas with respect to severe thunderstorm winds included areas around Flint, Lapeer, St. Clair, Chelsea, Monroe, and many locations in Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Lenawee Counties.
23.61974-06-15242°39'N / 82°58'W2.00 Miles20 Yards0025K0Macomb
24.01984-08-08243°00'N / 83°46'W42°59'N / 83°43'W3.00 Miles60 Yards002.5M0Genesee
25.22008-09-13242°22'N / 83°27'W42°23'N / 83°24'W3.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0KWayne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: At 918 PM Saturday September 13th a tornado occurred in parts of Plymouth and Livonia in Wayne County. The Tornado path length was 2.6 miles and began just west of Starkweather Street near the railroad tracks in Plymouth and tracked eastward across the intersection of Interstates 96 and 275 and ended in Livonia at the intersection of Newburgh and Richfield Roads near Ladywood High School. The maximum path width of the tornado was roughly 200 yards in Plymouth and was 100 yards or less in most other locations along its path. Most of the damage along the path was to trees and was rated mostly at the EF0 level (less than 86 MPH). However, a short stretch of significant roof damage occurred in Plymouth to two apartment buildings in Lake Pointe Village and Brougham Manor. This damage was rated at the EF2 level, or roughly winds to 120 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A warm front combined with tropical moisture to spawn a tornado in Plymouth.
25.71954-04-07242°57'N / 83°50'W0225K0Genesee
26.31992-04-16242°22'N / 83°31'W2.00 Miles50 Yards042.5M0Wayne
26.31971-07-05242°43'N / 83°56'W0.30 Mile100 Yards0025K0Livingston
27.01974-07-14242°21'N / 83°27'W1.50 Miles27 Yards00250K0Wayne
27.61997-07-02242°24'N / 83°15'W42°23'N / 83°03'W5.00 Miles2500 Yards09090.0M0Wayne
27.61953-06-08543°06'N / 83°39'W43°09'N / 83°28'W9.30 Miles833 Yards0025.0M0Genesee
27.71983-05-19242°50'N / 82°53'W1.80 Miles37 Yards0025K0Macomb
28.11977-09-17243°02'N / 83°48'W2.00 Miles60 Yards01250K0Genesee
28.41957-11-20342°24'N / 83°06'W1.50 Miles100 Yards112250K0Wayne
28.91976-03-20342°42'N / 82°58'W42°53'N / 82°44'W17.10 Miles100 Yards13250K0Macomb
28.91953-06-08543°09'N / 83°28'W43°10'N / 83°25'W05925.0M0Lapeer
29.71968-08-16242°25'N / 83°48'W1.00 Mile20 Yards0025K0Livingston
29.71982-06-15242°27'N / 83°53'W42°29'N / 83°51'W3.80 Miles80 Yards0225K0Livingston
30.11953-06-08543°06'N / 83°51'W43°06'N / 83°39'W9.60 Miles833 Yards11678525.0M0Genesee
30.61977-04-02242°34'N / 84°02'W42°37'N / 83°56'W5.60 Miles83 Yards01250K0Livingston
30.71971-08-10243°10'N / 83°35'W0.30 Mile300 Yards01250K0Genesee
31.01951-05-03242°42'N / 84°03'W42°44'N / 84°00'W2.30 Miles150 Yards00250K0Livingston
31.81975-05-21243°03'N / 82°57'W0.10 Mile20 Yards0025K0St. Clair
32.01964-05-08442°40'N / 82°50'W42°40'N / 82°45'W3.30 Miles833 Yards112242.5M0Macomb
32.31997-07-02343°11'N / 83°37'W43°11'N / 83°37'W1.70 Miles1500 Yards113.8M0Genesee
32.61975-08-29242°49'N / 84°03'W1.50 Miles83 Yards0025K0Shiawassee
32.91953-06-08443°09'N / 83°11'W43°09'N / 82°59'W9.60 Miles833 Yards00250K0Lapeer
33.21997-07-02343°10'N / 83°43'W43°10'N / 83°43'W2.00 Miles1000 Yards00600K0Genesee
33.21954-08-24243°06'N / 83°51'W1.30 Miles17 Yards000K0Genesee
33.71983-05-02342°27'N / 82°57'W42°31'N / 82°45'W10.00 Miles200 Yards0025.0M0Macomb
33.81971-06-07242°19'N / 83°45'W0.10 Mile33 Yards0025K0Washtenaw
34.41972-08-02242°29'N / 84°05'W42°31'N / 83°56'W7.40 Miles27 Yards0025K0Livingston
35.01966-06-14242°14'N / 83°25'W0.30 Mile33 Yards003K0Wayne
35.51957-09-21243°00'N / 84°11'W43°06'N / 83°46'W21.90 Miles33 Yards003K0Shiawassee
35.71980-07-16242°15'N / 83°13'W42°15'N / 83°10'W1.30 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Wayne
37.21974-05-11342°25'N / 84°00'W0.90 Mile60 Yards10250K0Livingston
37.51956-05-12442°15'N / 83°13'W42°13'N / 83°05'W6.80 Miles400 Yards022250K0Wayne
38.01990-06-02242°19'N / 84°05'W42°23'N / 83°48'W15.00 Miles160 Yards00250K0Washtenaw
38.52003-08-21242°40'N / 84°10'W42°40'N / 84°10'W4.50 Miles880 Yards02500K200KIngham
 Brief Description: A F2 tornado struck eastern Ingham county, causing two injuries. It also destroyed two homes. A F2 tornado struck eastern Ingham county. The tornado touched down just east of the intersection of Columbia and Kendrick Roads at 7:55 p.m. EST. It moved east and intensified. The tornado began a turn to the northeast as it approached Haywood Road just north of Columbia. When it crossed Haywood Road the tornado was about a half a mile wide. It continued to intensify as it moved northeast and was at it's strongest as it crossed Risch Road just north of Howell Road. As the tornado crossed Dennis Road just east of House Road it turned sharply to the north. The tornado lifted at 9:10 p.m., just as it was moving into Livingston county. The tornadoe's path length was 4.5 miles long and it was up to 1/2 mile wide. It was on the ground for 15 minutes and was rated as a lower F2 on the Fujita scale, which corresponds to winds of approximately 120 m.p.h. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Ingham county at 7:29 p.m. EST and that was upgraded to a tornado warning at 7:46 p.m. EST. Two homes were destroyed. One house collapsed and trapped two individuals inside, who suffered minor injuries. At another location a house was damaged and a barn leveled. A pickup truck was blown off the road.
40.41988-08-14242°29'N / 84°10'W42°28'N / 84°05'W23.30 Miles127 Yards002.5M0Livingston
40.71975-05-25242°10'N / 83°36'W0125K0Washtenaw
41.31951-07-21242°09'N / 83°33'W0.50 Mile217 Yards0025K0Washtenaw
41.31962-04-30242°09'N / 83°33'W0.10 Mile33 Yards0025K0Washtenaw
41.51983-05-02342°31'N / 82°45'W42°37'N / 82°31'W13.00 Miles200 Yards0325.0M0St. Clair
41.91996-06-22243°08'N / 82°47'W43°08'N / 82°47'W0.20 Mile30 Yards0025K0St. Clair
42.41982-06-15342°24'N / 84°08'W42°25'N / 84°06'W3.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Washtenaw
42.52007-10-18242°36'N / 84°18'W42°47'N / 84°12'W17.00 Miles300 Yards2015.0M0KIngham
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service storm survey was conducted in Ingham county following the tornado that occurred on the night of October 18th. Based on extensive damage to buildings and trees the tornado was rated EF-2 with top winds estimated between 120 and 130 mph. The tornado began just northeast of Mason around 10:28 pm EDT and moved northeast at 40 to 45 mph through the town of Williamston between 10:40 and 10:45 pm. Approximately 100 structures were damaged in a subdivision on the south side of Williamston. Two fatalities occurred about 4 miles northeast of Williamston where a modular home and its 2 occupants were flipped into a pond. The tornado then moved into Shiawassee county and dissipated shortly thereafter. The last time a fatal tornado occurred in Ingham county was on August 14th, 1988 when one death resulted from a tornado that was rated F-2 on the original Fujita scale. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A late season severe weather outbreak occurred on October 18th. An EF-2 tornado struck Ingham county, resulting in millions of dollars worth of damage and two fatalities. About a hundred structures were damaged in a subdivision on the south side of Williamston in Ingham county. The two fatalities occurred about four miles northeast of Williamston, where a modular home was flipped into a pond by the tornado. There were also a tremendous amount of reports of wind damage with trees and power lines blown down, as well as several reports of three quarters to one inch diameter hail.
42.71976-04-21242°48'N / 84°16'W42°51'N / 84°14'W3.00 Miles83 Yards012.5M0Shiawassee
42.81978-08-19242°50'N / 84°15'W2.00 Miles230 Yards08250K0Shiawassee
43.01953-06-08342°12'N / 84°00'W42°15'N / 83°47'W11.30 Miles70 Yards1525K0Washtenaw
43.61969-07-04342°07'N / 83°32'W42°06'N / 83°17'W12.60 Miles100 Yards0502.5M0Wayne
43.61967-04-16243°00'N / 84°12'W0.30 Mile20 Yards01250K0Shiawassee
43.61969-07-04342°07'N / 83°35'W42°07'N / 83°32'W1.30 Miles100 Yards042.5M0Washtenaw
43.91953-06-08443°09'N / 82°59'W43°08'N / 82°30'W24.20 Miles833 Yards023250K0St. Clair
44.11984-08-07243°22'N / 83°35'W0.40 Mile40 Yards00250K0Tuscola
44.21982-06-15243°21'N / 83°15'W43°22'N / 83°08'W6.00 Miles80 Yards00250K0Tuscola
44.21974-02-28242°06'N / 83°27'W0.10 Mile50 Yards000K0Wayne
44.31996-06-21343°20'N / 83°45'W43°20'N / 83°45'W1.00 Mile100 Yards005.0M0Saginaw
46.21985-07-15242°44'N / 84°28'W42°42'N / 84°11'W15.60 Miles200 Yards00250K0Ingham
46.51965-04-11442°54'N / 84°22'W42°56'N / 84°14'W6.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Shiawassee
46.71984-09-02343°12'N / 82°47'W43°10'N / 82°39'W6.80 Miles400 Yards012.5M0Sanilac
46.71977-04-02242°31'N / 84°17'W1.50 Miles57 Yards0025K0Ingham
46.91986-04-28242°54'N / 84°15'W43°10'N / 84°15'W18.40 Miles40 Yards002.5M0Shiawassee
46.91988-08-14242°42'N / 84°28'W42°29'N / 84°10'W3.30 Miles127 Yards102.5M0Ingham
47.61973-06-26242°03'N / 83°24'W0.70 Mile67 Yards02250K0Monroe
48.11953-05-21442°55'N / 82°36'W42°59'N / 82°25'W10.00 Miles1760 Yards2682.5M0St. Clair
49.41982-06-15342°21'N / 84°22'W42°24'N / 84°08'W10.00 Miles500 Yards112.5M0Jackson
49.51974-04-03242°02'N / 83°15'W2.00 Miles30 Yards003K0Monroe


* 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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