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Colfax, WV Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #768

Colfax, WV
0.01
West Virginia
0.06
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

Colfax, WV
0.0000
West Virginia
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, #85

Colfax, WV
53.98
West Virginia
34.13
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 2,602 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Colfax, WV were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:2Cold:3Dense Fog:0Drought:2
Dust Storm:0Flood:612Hail:506Heat:0Heavy Snow:42
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:12Landslide:0Strong Wind:33
Thunderstorm Winds:1,316Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:16Winter Weather:1
Other:57 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Colfax, WV.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Colfax, WV.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 20 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Colfax, WV.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.51967-05-07239°20'N / 80°05'W0025K0Taylor
10.01970-08-22239°18'N / 80°12'W1.00 Mile127 Yards002.5M0Harrison
13.51981-06-21239°32'N / 80°21'W1.00 Mile10 Yards00250K0Marion
14.41980-06-03339°32'N / 79°54'W39°30'N / 79°52'W2.30 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Monongalia
24.41980-06-03339°30'N / 79°52'W39°23'N / 79°29'W21.90 Miles33 Yards0152.5M0Preston
29.91971-07-13239°46'N / 79°50'W39°42'N / 79°37'W12.20 Miles70 Yards04250K0Fayette
30.31968-06-25239°51'N / 80°19'W01250K0Greene
32.81977-06-20239°29'N / 79°33'W39°24'N / 79°29'W6.60 Miles50 Yards05250K0Preston
33.91971-07-13239°42'N / 79°37'W39°40'N / 79°33'W3.80 Miles100 Yards0025K0Fayette
34.71998-06-02239°45'N / 79°39'W39°43'N / 79°34'W5.00 Miles300 Yards003.0M2.0MFayette
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado passed southeast through southern Fayette County PA, the northeast tip of Preston County WV, and into northwest Garrett County MD. The total length of the tornado as it passed across these three counties was 12 miles. Damage included a completely destroyed dairy barn, two completely destroyed house trailers, and at least 21 other structures heavily damaged, many with roofs partially or completely peeled off. Several cows were killed, with one cow thrown through the air over 100 yards. A clearly visible 300-yard wide, 1-mile long swath of trees which were completely sheared/uprooted was present near the Pennsylvania/West Virginia state border. One Fayette County official estimated at least two million dollars damage in lost timber alone in that county. Despite the damage, interviews with law enforcement officials, paramedics and local residents revealed no injuries occurred.
35.31956-03-07239°03'N / 80°34'W1.00 Mile60 Yards01250K0Lewis
35.71977-06-20239°24'N / 79°29'W39°22'N / 79°27'W1.90 Miles50 Yards0025K0Garrett
36.01986-10-01339°18'N / 80°47'W1.00 Mile200 Yards01250K0Doddridge
36.91998-06-02239°43'N / 79°33'W39°40'N / 79°30'W4.00 Miles300 Yards005.0M2.0MPreston
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado passed southeast through southern Fayette County PA, the northeast tip of Preston County WV, and into northwest Garrett County MD. The total length of the tornado as it passed across these three counties was 12 miles. Damage in Preston County included a completely destroyed dairy barn, two completely destroyed house trailers, and at least 21 other structures heavily damaged, many with roofs partially or completely peeled off. Several cows were killed, with one cow thrown through the air over 100 yards. A clearly visible 300-yard wide, 1-mile long swath of trees which were completely sheared/uprooted was present near the Pennsylvania/West Virginia state border. One Fayette County official estimated at least two million dollars damage in lost timber alone in that county. Despite the damage, interviews with law enforcement officials, paramedics and local residents revealed no injuries occurred.
37.61980-06-03339°23'N / 79°29'W39°21'N / 79°23'W5.60 Miles117 Yards04250K0Garrett
38.01998-06-02239°40'N / 79°30'W39°38'N / 79°27'W3.00 Miles300 Yards001.0M0Garrett
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado passed southeast through southern Fayette County PA, the northeast tip of Preston County WV, and into northwest Garrett County MD. The total length of the tornado as it passed across these three counties was 12 miles. Damage included a completely destroyed dairy barn, two completely destroyed house trailers, and at least 21 other structures heavily damaged, many with roofs partially or completely peeled off. Several cows were killed, with one cow thrown through the air over 100 yards. A clearly visible 300-yard wide, 1-mile long swath of trees which were completely sheared/uprooted was present near the Pennsylvania/West Virginia state border. One Fayette County official estimated at least two million dollars damage in lost timber alone in that county. Despite the damage, interviews with law enforcement officials, paramedics and local residents revealed no injuries occurred.
39.71986-10-01239°55'N / 79°45'W39°54'N / 79°40'W4.50 Miles100 Yards022.5M0Fayette
42.71967-05-19339°23'N / 79°20'W0.30 Mile33 Yards1025K0Garrett
47.11990-06-30240°07'N / 80°09'W0.20 Mile250 Yards0025K0Washington
49.11980-07-09238°48'N / 79°43'W0.30 Mile20 Yards0025K0Randolph


* 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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