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The chance of earthquake damage in Clemson is higher than South Carolina average and is lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Clemson is higher than South Carolina average and is higher than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #23

Clemson, SC
1.23
South Carolina
0.49
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

Clemson, SC
0.0000
South Carolina
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, #78

Clemson, SC
167.91
South Carolina
136.91
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 4,776 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Clemson, SC were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:30Dense Fog:4Drought:57
Dust Storm:0Flood:430Hail:1,436Heat:17Heavy Snow:28
High Surf:0Hurricane:9Ice Storm:19Landslide:0Strong Wind:45
Thunderstorm Winds:2,320Tropical Storm:10Wildfire:0Winter Storm:43Winter Weather:33
Other:295 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Clemson, SC.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 2 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Clemson, SC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
19.21979-08-263.7234.93-82.97
49.61981-05-053.51335.33-82.43

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 53 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Clemson, SC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
2.42008-08-26234°39'N / 82°48'W34°39'N / 82°48'W1.00 Mile30 Yards000K0KPickens
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado damage path extended from northwest Anderson County, into extreme southern Pickens County, affecting the research area on the south side of the Clemson University campus. Damage was limited to downed trees and power lines. Numerous large trees were snapped off on a ridge very close to the Pickens, Anderson County line, where wind speeds were estimated at close to 120 mph, earning the tornado an EF2 rating. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay stalled just west of the Appalachians and slowly dissipated. A line of mini-supercells developed southeast of the low, resulting in several tornadoes over the Upstate and Northwest Piedmont of South Carolina during the afternoon hours of the 26th. A small amount of flash flooding also occurred, though the flooding was much worse in North Carolina.
6.81996-09-16234°37'N / 82°48'W34°35'N / 82°42'W6.00 Miles440 Yards023.0M0Anderson
12.61989-04-04234°40'N / 83°06'W34°40'N / 82°58'W6.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Oconee
15.11998-01-07234°48'N / 82°36'W34°50'N / 82°36'W1.50 Miles35 Yards043.0M0Pickens
 Brief Description: A tornado developed from a fast moving severe thunderstorm that raced north out of eastern Georgia. The F2 tornado destroyed several houses and mobile homes and severely damaged many other homes and businesses. Damage was sustained to the south of the track of the tornado due to strong inflow into the storm. Damage from severe thunderstorm winds in the rear flank downdraft occurred north into Easley. A powerful winter storm brought flooding rain, high winds, and a tornado to the Upstate from the evening of the 7th into the early morning of the 8th. Rainfall between 4 and 7 inches during a 2-day period across the mountains and foothills resulted in significant flooding. Many roads and bridges were covered or washed out. A wash out in Pickens county resulted in one fatality. Thunderstorms raced north through the area adding to the deluge as well as creating or enhancing strong to damaging winds. An F2 tornado touched down near Easley. Meso-scale high winds behind the complex of thunderstorms moved across the northern half of Greenville county and blew down trees and power lines. Severe thunderstorm winds combined with strong gradient winds to down trees and power lines in York county as well.
15.91973-05-27234°52'N / 82°59'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Oconee
16.61973-11-21234°29'N / 82°39'W0.30 Mile50 Yards0025K0Anderson
17.61989-04-04234°45'N / 82°32'W34°46'N / 82°30'W2.00 Miles73 Yards00250K0Anderson
18.31994-06-26234°51'N / 83°02'W34°58'N / 82°56'W12.00 Miles900 Yards01500K0Oconee
18.71973-03-31234°46'N / 82°37'W34°52'N / 82°26'W12.40 Miles100 Yards0025K0Pickens
18.81974-04-08334°25'N / 82°45'W1.00 Mile100 Yards003K0Anderson
19.41980-04-13234°23'N / 82°45'W34°34'N / 82°25'W22.80 Miles200 Yards052.5M0Anderson
20.51989-04-04234°46'N / 82°30'W34°49'N / 82°27'W3.00 Miles73 Yards002.5M0Greenville
21.41973-05-27234°48'N / 83°17'W34°57'N / 82°56'W22.50 Miles200 Yards01250K0Oconee
21.61973-05-27234°53'N / 82°47'W34°59'N / 82°23'W23.60 Miles150 Yards0025K0Pickens
23.01989-05-05234°38'N / 83°14'W34°42'N / 83°12'W4.50 Miles73 Yards0025K0Oconee
24.11980-04-13234°34'N / 82°25'W34°43'N / 82°22'W10.60 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Greenville
24.71967-05-02234°50'N / 82°25'W1.00 Mile67 Yards0025K0Greenville
25.31970-04-02234°18'N / 82°56'W34°21'N / 82°52'W5.20 Miles100 Yards0225K0Hart
26.11979-03-23234°51'N / 82°24'W0.10 Mile77 Yards022.5M0Greenville
27.01989-05-05234°33'N / 83°19'W34°38'N / 83°14'W6.00 Miles300 Yards0152.5M0Stephens
27.62009-04-10234°25'N / 83°16'W34°27'N / 83°07'W10.00 Miles200 Yards000K0KFranklin
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado damage path began near Farmers Academy Rd, about 0.5 mile south of highway 106. The tornado crossed Red Hill School Rd, where some outbuildings were destroyed and a couple of mobile homes received minor roof damage. As the tornado continued northeast, some frame homes on highway 106 received minor roof damage. The most significant damage occurred on Crumps Bridge Rd, where one large chicken house was completely destroyed, and several others received major damage. The tornado continued to move northeast, uprooting or snapping off numerous trees as it crossed highway 145 and Greater Hope Rd. From there, the tornado began to move in a more east/northeast direction, continuing to blow down trees as it moved roughly parallel to North Clarks Creek Rd. As the tornado crossed Hulsey Rd, roofs were blown off the wood frame addition to a mobile home and a barn. After the tornado crossed highway 17 and Pleasant Hill Circle, it continued to turn more to the right, traveling due east near the to Wilson Rd, where a mobile home was moved off its foundation, and the steel siding and some roofing material was blown off a building. The tornado continued to travel east, or even east/southeast, before lifting in the Gerrard Rd area. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Supercell thunderstorms moved into extreme northeast Georgia in the early evening hours. Tornadoes were spawned by the supercells. There was also quite a bit of large hail and straight-line wind damage.
28.01973-11-21234°34'N / 83°17'W0025K0Stephens
29.71973-05-27334°46'N / 82°26'W34°55'N / 82°13'W16.00 Miles100 Yards0172.5M0Greenville
30.41966-12-10234°35'N / 83°20'W0.50 Mile500 Yards003K0Stephens
31.21970-04-09234°18'N / 83°08'W34°19'N / 83°06'W2.30 Miles400 Yards00250K0Franklin
31.61973-05-27234°18'N / 82°31'W34°24'N / 82°21'W11.80 Miles100 Yards07250K0Abbeville
32.11952-02-29234°24'N / 83°20'W34°25'N / 83°12'W7.80 Miles77 Yards0025K0Franklin
33.72004-09-16234°17'N / 83°09'W34°17'N / 83°09'W2.00 Miles60 Yards001.1M0Franklin
 Brief Description: This tornado moved north across the town of Franklin Springs, damaging or destroying numerous structures along its 3-mile path. The city government building and the fire and police stations incurred significant damage, as did approximately 25 residences. Several large chicken houses were also destroyed.
33.91975-01-10235°09'N / 82°50'W35°12'N / 82°48'W4.30 Miles20 Yards0025K0Transylvania
35.92003-05-06234°13'N / 83°06'W34°12'N / 83°02'W4.00 Miles200 Yards012200K0Elbert
 Brief Description: This tornado moved from Madison County into northwest Elbert County and intensified, destroying or severely damaging several houses and mobile homes. A parked car was also flipped before the tornado lifted.
36.11952-05-10334°48'N / 82°15'W34°48'N / 82°08'W6.60 Miles83 Yards000K0Greenville
36.62004-09-16234°17'N / 83°16'W34°20'N / 83°16'W5.50 Miles50 Yards1175K0Franklin
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down west of Franklin Springs, then moved north-northwest, damaging several homes, businesses, and vehicles as it tracked toward Carnesville. Numerous trees and power lines were also blown down. A 38-year-old woman was killed when the vehicle she was driving was hit by a falling tree. A passenger in the vehicle received minor injuries. F38VE
37.81974-04-03234°58'N / 83°23'W0.30 Mile20 Yards00250K0Rabun
37.81954-03-31234°09'N / 83°04'W34°10'N / 82°56'W7.70 Miles200 Yards020250K0Elbert
40.61989-04-04234°30'N / 83°34'W34°36'N / 83°27'W8.00 Miles50 Yards032.5M0Habersham
41.51989-04-04234°26'N / 83°27'W34°21'N / 83°27'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Banks
41.91989-11-15334°37'N / 83°36'W34°42'N / 83°30'W8.00 Miles1760 Yards032.5M0Habersham
42.01973-03-31434°05'N / 82°34'W34°15'N / 82°17'W19.90 Miles200 Yards7302.5M0Abbeville
42.02009-04-10234°11'N / 82°28'W34°10'N / 82°21'W7.00 Miles300 Yards021.0M0KAbbeville
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: NWS survey found an extensive area of damage in the city of Abbeville consistent with a strong EF2 tornado. The tornado began near the intersection of highway 71 and Rock Hill Rd before moving east/southeast through the city of Abbeville. The main areas affected in the city were Church Street, McGowan, Ave, Main St, and especially Secession Ave. The roofs were blown off about a half dozen frame homes in the city, while numerous mobile homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. A few other office buildings and businesses received major roof damage in this area. Numerous trees were snapped off or uprooted along the path. One tree fell through a home, injuring the man inside. Another man caught outside received head injuries from flying debris. The tornado lifted about a mile east/southeast of the city. The tornado was produced by a supercell embedded in a line of rapidly moving storms. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Supercell thunderstorms moved into the western upstate in the early evening hours. As the evening progressed, the supercells tended to evolve into a series of bow echoes. Tornadoes were spawned by the supercells and the resultant bow echoes. There was also quite a bit of large hail and straight-line wind damage in places as well. The most significant damage occurred in Greenwood and Abbeville Counties, though tornadoes also caused damage in parts of Anderson and Union Counties as well.
42.61954-03-31234°07'N / 83°14'W34°09'N / 83°04'W9.80 Miles200 Yards05250K0Madison
42.81973-03-31434°15'N / 82°17'W34°16'N / 82°15'W2.70 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Greenwood
42.91973-05-27334°55'N / 82°13'W35°00'N / 82°03'W11.10 Miles150 Yards0162.5M0Spartanburg
43.61976-05-14234°28'N / 83°32'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Habersham
44.11956-04-06234°08'N / 82°23'W34°12'N / 82°20'W5.40 Miles100 Yards01250K0Abbeville
44.32005-01-13234°24'N / 82°08'W34°33'N / 82°01'W12.00 Miles350 Yards012.0M0Laurens
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down in the Ekom Community southwest of the city of Laurens, where it damaged a couple of mobile homes. The tornado then tracked northeast to the area around Laurens High School, where some small sheds were destroyed and a portion of the roof removed from a house. At the high school, the roof of a brick concession facility was blown off. Just east of the school, a mobile home was destroyed and a building received significant roof damage. The tornado continued northeast toward the Whelon Rd area, uprooting and snapping off several large trees. A small, frame guest house was damaged and a tractor overturned in this area. The tornado continued to snap and uproot large trees as it moved toward Welcome Church Rd, where 4 mobile homes were damaged and a frame home received minor roof damage. The damage path continued northeast, but ended about 200 yards north of highway 14. After briefly lifting, the tornado struck a tire distribution center just north of the highway 221 I-385 exchange. The roof of a building at the plant was damaged, which sparked a large fire in the building, burning it to the ground. An employee at the plant received minor injuries when debris fell on him. The tornado dissipated near highway 221 north of Laurens.
44.81952-02-29234°22'N / 83°35'W34°22'N / 83°25'W9.40 Miles300 Yards03250K0Banks
45.71989-04-04234°54'N / 82°03'W2.00 Miles73 Yards00250K0Spartanburg
46.71984-03-28234°33'N / 82°05'W34°37'N / 81°55'W10.00 Miles700 Yards04325.0M0Laurens
47.31952-05-10334°48'N / 82°08'W34°48'N / 81°51'W16.10 Miles83 Yards240K0Spartanburg
47.52008-03-15234°00'N / 82°43'W34°01'N / 82°36'W8.00 Miles100 Yards00100K0KElbert
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: NWS survey found a tornado damage track in far southern and southeast Elbert County. The tornado, which was spawned from a supercell, touched down southeast of Fortsonia near the intersection of River Rd and Flatwoods Rd. As the tornado tracked east along River Rd, damage was mainly confined to trees and power lines. The tornado began to take on a more east/southeast track near the intersection of River Rd and Balchin Rd, remaining just north of the Wilkes County line. Intensification occurred just west of highway 79 near its intersection with Cooter Creek Rd. The tornado continued to track east southeast, snapping or uprooting numerous trees between Cooter Creek Rd and the Broad River. Two homes received heavy roof damage consistent with EF2 intensity on Bramblett Circle along the Broad River. A boat dock was also lifted and tossed 25 feet in this area. The tornado continued to blow down trees before finally lifting in Bobby Brown State Park in the extreme southeast corner of the county. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Several supercell thunderstorms affected the mountains and foothills of extreme northeast Georgia during the afternoon and early evening hours. Very large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes accompanied the storms.
48.11976-06-28235°19'N / 83°10'W0.20 Mile10 Yards00250K0Jackson
48.81976-05-14234°15'N / 83°33'W34°20'N / 83°30'W6.50 Miles160 Yards02250K0Banks
49.41973-12-13334°16'N / 82°10'W34°16'N / 82°03'W6.60 Miles200 Yards022.5M0Greenwood


* 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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