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

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

Earthquake Index, #46

Dallas County
0.02
Alabama
0.08
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

Dallas County
0.0000
Alabama
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, #57

Dallas County
163.86
Alabama
255.80
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 8,837 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Dallas County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:75Dense Fog:0Drought:85
Dust Storm:0Flood:602Hail:2,854Heat:136Heavy Snow:37
High Surf:0Hurricane:7Ice Storm:11Landslide:1Strong Wind:94
Thunderstorm Winds:4,514Tropical Storm:17Wildfire:2Winter Storm:24Winter Weather:35
Other:343 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Dallas County.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Dallas County.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Dallas County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 64 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Dallas County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
6.71955-04-21232°23'N / 87°01'W1.50 Miles50 Yards0125K0Dallas
7.31978-05-01232°24'N / 87°01'W2.00 Miles20 Yards002.5M0Dallas
7.31980-09-01232°24'N / 87°01'W0.20 Mile50 Yards00250K0Dallas
8.71996-03-06332°25'N / 87°14'W32°30'N / 86°58'W19.00 Miles400 Yards4408.0M50KDallas
 Brief Description: A tornado first touched down just south-southwest of Marion Junction in northern Dallas County and travelled east-northeast before ending in the northeastern part of the county. The tornado touched down initially in a rural area composed of fields with scattered houses. It crossed U. S. Highway 80 at the Cahaba River or about 9 miles west-northwest of Selma. The tornado continued on its east-northeast path crossing State Highway 14 and State Highway 22 before ending about two and a half miles east of Highway 22. The tornado path was about 19 miles in length with a maximum width of about 400 yards. The tornado first touched down around 3:42 am based on radar imagery. Travelling at 35 to 40 miles an hour the tornado was on the ground for about 25 minutes ending around 4:07 am. Information from emergency management sources indicated that 14 houses were destroyed, 19 houses sustained major damage, 5 houses sustained minor damage, 20 mobile homes were destroyed, 17 mobile homes sustained major damage, and 12 mobiles homes sustained minor damage. At least 40 people were transported to area hospitals with injuries varying from minor to serious. Two deaths occurred in a mobile home and two deaths occurred in a permanent house. F17PH, M71PH, M50MH, F52MH
8.81959-07-01232°25'N / 87°00'W0.10 Mile50 Yards0325K0Dallas
8.91984-05-03232°26'N / 87°04'W32°26'N / 86°58'W7.50 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Dallas
12.41983-12-06332°24'N / 87°04'W32°33'N / 86°54'W13.00 Miles500 Yards1192.5M0Dallas
13.22008-02-17232°29'N / 87°06'W32°33'N / 87°00'W8.00 Miles400 Yards00350K0KDallas
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near Warrior Drive, just southeast of the Perry County line. It then tracked northeastward across AL-219 near the intersection of CR-230, moved right through the Summerfield Community, and crossed CR-37, before lifting just east of the intersection of CR-37 and CR-844. At least 5 structures, including 2 mobile homes and a metal warehouse, were destroyed. Twelve to fifteen additional structures, including several homes and an auto body shop, were damaged to varying degrees. Hundreds of trees were either snapped off or uprooted along the damage path. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A broken squall line, sparked by an advancing cold front and strong upper level storm, caused severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across Central Alabama.
13.81972-04-22232°06'N / 87°08'W32°10'N / 87°05'W5.70 Miles200 Yards0025K0Dallas
17.51979-09-20232°33'N / 87°19'W32°31'N / 87°17'W3.00 Miles27 Yards02250K0Perry
19.12007-03-01432°07'N / 87°24'W32°10'N / 87°18'W6.00 Miles500 Yards122.0M0KWilcox
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A significant tornado first touched down around 1227 pm at State Highway 28 near Miller's Ferry dam. The tornado then tracked northeast across William Bill Dannelly Reservoir moving ashore on Sand Island Drive. This is where most of the severe damage occurred with numerous homes damaged or destroyed. One resident had arrived at his home on the lake to eat lunch when the tornado hit and he was killed when his newer model manufactured home was destroyed. The straps holding the home down all snapped in the same place. He was thrown out of his home and later found in the debris. Neighbors next door had sought shelter in an underground storm shelter outside their house seconds before the tornado hit. When they safely emerged from the shelter, they found their home destroyed. Most of the homes on Sand Island are vacation homes with part-time residents. If the tornado had struck on the weekend when more people are present, the loss of life would likely have been greater. Around 40 homes(four of these were slab homes)were damaged or destroyed along Sand Island Drive with some of the debris scattered up to two miles downstream. The tornado continued quickly to the northeast through sparsely populated areas. Damage did occur to homes and hunting camps along this path. However, the damage here was only rated as EF-0 and EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The tornado crossed into Dallas County. In all, one person died and two people were slightly injured by the tornado. The injuries occurred along Sand Island Drive when a single wide trailer was destroyed with the occupants being thrown from the trailer. They were protected from flying debris by part of the trailer that had fallen on top of them. The highest wind speed of the tornado was estimated at 185 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Isolated thunderstorms developed ahead of a strong spring cold front. One of these thunderstorms produced a significant tornado in Wilcox County.
21.31961-12-17232°36'N / 87°18'W32°38'N / 87°13'W5.40 Miles100 Yards0125K0Perry
22.72008-02-17232°10'N / 86°49'W32°16'N / 86°41'W11.00 Miles225 Yards010215K0KLowndes
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down in the Collirene Community, about 14 miles west of Hayneville. It then tracked northeastward, and ended just north of US Highway 80, several miles west of Lowndesboro. At least 11 structures, most of them mobile homes, were damaged with three of these being completely destroyed. Hundreds of trees were either snapped or were uprooted along the damage path. The most extensive damage occurred in and near the Collirene Community. Ten injuries were attributed to this tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A broken squall line, sparked by an advancing cold front and strong upper level storm, caused severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across Central Alabama.
23.81974-04-22232°38'N / 87°19'W2.00 Miles800 Yards00250K0Perry
24.61967-03-06232°26'N / 87°32'W32°27'N / 87°30'W2.30 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Perry
25.61961-12-11332°38'N / 87°24'W32°41'N / 87°15'W9.40 Miles100 Yards02250K0Perry
25.62004-11-24232°36'N / 86°54'W32°39'N / 86°47'W8.00 Miles100 Yards0030K0Autauga
 Brief Description: National Weather Service Meteorologist made a few trips to the damage areas across Autauga, Chilton and Coosa Counties. The damage was consistent with a very large tornado with a long damage path. The tornado damage was rated an F2, but the strength of the tornado may have been stronger but the tornado affected mostly rural areas. The F2 tornado first touched down between Jones and Bethel Grove generally producing only tree damage until it reached the county line. The tornado then traveled on a northeast heading into southern Chilton County between Pletcher and Billingsley. The tornado was fairly weak at this time, blowing down and snapping off several large trees in rural areas. As the tornado approached the west side of Interstate 65, the tornado increased to F2 intensity and caused considerable damage to several structures. Continuing northeast, the tornado weakened a bit as it crossed Interstate 65 in the vicinity of mile marker 202, approximately 3 miles south of the Clanton Exit. The tornado was still strong enough at this time to down several large trees and block the northbound lanes of traffic. After crossing the interstate, the tornado regained F2 intensity moving through the Cooper Community. The tornado produced extensive structural damage in Cooper. Several homes, businesses, mobile homes and out-buildings were damaged or destroyed. Hundreds of trees were blown down or snapped off in this area. The tornado moved across eastern Chilton County and went across Lake Mitchell. At Lake Mitchell, on the Chilton/Coosa County Line, numerous homes and mobile homes were destroyed generally between Blue Creek and Cargle Creek. The tornado crossed Lake Mitchell and moved into the Coosa Wildlife Management Area along Hatchet Creek. Hundreds of trees were splintered in this area. The tornado then moved through rural Coosa County crossing US 231 just south of the Hanover Community. The tornado dissipated shortly after US 231. The tornado damage path was 49.1 miles long and an astounding 1400 yards wide at its widest point. No injuries or fatalities were reported with this strong tornado. Begin: 32 35.77/86 53.11 End: 32 59.99/86 11.45
25.91976-03-12332°35'N / 86°55'W32°34'N / 86°38'W16.50 Miles100 Yards042.5M0Autauga
26.71983-11-23231°58'N / 87°18'W31°59'N / 87°16'W4.00 Miles77 Yards02250K0Wilcox
27.11996-03-18232°24'N / 86°51'W32°18'N / 86°27'W3.00 Miles100 Yards0000Montgomery
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado began about 1.5 miles south of Gordonville in central Lowndes County at 7:12 pm and noved northeasterly taking it south and east of Moses and just north of Hayneville. The tornado crossed County Road 21 5 to 6 miles north-northeast Hayneville. The tornado crossed the Lowndes-Montgomery county line just south of U. S. 80 around 7:39 pm and dissipated about three miles into Montgomery County around 7:43 pm. Two people were injured when a couple of mobile homes were destroyed on Highway 21 north of Hayneville.
27.71963-04-29232°29'N / 86°46'W32°36'N / 86°39'W10.60 Miles600 Yards00250K0Autauga
27.91970-04-02232°40'N / 86°55'W32°42'N / 86°50'W5.60 Miles300 Yards00250K0Dallas
28.81957-06-28231°55'N / 87°05'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Wilcox
30.21996-03-18232°09'N / 86°45'W32°17'N / 86°29'W16.00 Miles100 Yards02100K25KLowndes
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado began about 1.5 miles south of Gordonville in central Lowndes County at 7:12 pm and noved northeasterly taking it south and east of Moses and just north of Hayneville. The tornado crossed County Road 21 5 to 6 miles north-northeast Hayneville. The tornado crossed the Lowndes-Montgomery county line just south of U. S. 80 around 7:39 pm and dissipated about three miles into Montgomery County around 7:43 pm. Two people were injured when a couple of mobile homes were destroyed on Highway 21 north of Hayneville.
30.22004-11-24232°23'N / 86°40'W32°28'N / 86°33'W9.70 Miles500 Yards01900K0Autauga
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down 2.5 miles to the southwest of Autaugaville. The tornado then moved northeastward across Clark's Landing, where it destroyed several mobile homes, travel campers, and boats. After crossing Swift Creek, the tornado crumpled 2 high-voltage power line towers before moving across the Forester Community, where it partially damaged or completely destroyed several structures. Shortly after crossing CR 14, the tornado dissipated. Numerous structures and homes were destroyed along the path of the tornado. One woman sustained minor head injuries as she rode out the tornado in her car. The tornado damage path was 9.7 miles long and was 500 yards wide at its widest point. Begin: 32 23.62/86 40.37 End: 32 27.67/86 31.67
32.62004-11-24232°10'N / 87°44'W32°14'N / 87°34'W11.90 Miles200 Yards02135K0Marengo
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down just north of the Shiloh Community on CR 73. Three mobile homes received extensive damage and two homes suffered moderate damage. The tornado moved northeast and damaged a carport and mobile home near Thomaston. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down or snapped off along the entire path of the tornado. Two people suffered minor injuries. The tornado damage path was 11.9 miles long and 200 yards wide at its widest point. Begin: 32 09.23/87 44.23 End: 32 14.79/87 33.97
35.01973-03-16232°37'N / 87°40'W32°40'N / 87°31'W9.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Hale
36.11973-05-27432°47'N / 87°28'W32°50'N / 87°17'W11.20 Miles800 Yards0025.0M0Perry
36.61976-03-12232°23'N / 87°53'W32°28'N / 87°35'W18.40 Miles200 Yards01250K0Marengo
37.51957-06-28232°09'N / 86°35'W32°15'N / 86°24'W12.80 Miles117 Yards0025K0Lowndes
37.61973-05-27432°32'N / 87°48'W32°47'N / 87°28'W26.00 Miles800 Yards17225.0M0Hale
37.91979-11-25231°59'N / 86°35'W32°10'N / 86°30'W13.50 Miles50 Yards01225K0Lowndes
37.91970-03-19232°42'N / 87°36'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Hale
38.31992-03-10332°39'N / 87°47'W32°42'N / 87°29'W14.00 Miles440 Yards27250K0Hale
38.91964-12-24231°48'N / 86°53'W31°50'N / 86°49'W4.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Butler
39.11972-01-04232°18'N / 87°47'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Marengo
40.02004-11-24232°39'N / 86°48'W32°49'N / 86°26'W22.30 Miles1400 Yards00500K0Chilton
 Brief Description: National Weather Service Meteorologist made a few trips to the damage areas across Autauga, Chilton and Coosa Counties. The damage was consistent with a very large tornado with a long damage path. The tornado damage was rated an F2, but the strength of the tornado may have been stronger but the tornado affected mostly rural areas. The F2 tornado first touched down between Jones and Bethel Grove generally producing only tree damage until it reached the county line. The tornado then traveled on a northeast heading into southern Chilton County between Pletcher and Billingsley. The tornado was fairly weak at this time, blowing down and snapping off several large trees in rural areas. As the tornado approached the west side of Interstate 65, the tornado increased to F2 intensity and caused considerable damage to several structures. Continuing northeast, the tornado weakened a bit as it crossed Interstate 65 in the vicinity of mile marker 202, approximately 3 miles south of the Clanton Exit. The tornado was still strong enough at this time to down several large trees and block the northbound lanes of traffic. After crossing the interstate, the tornado regained F2 intensity moving through the Cooper Community. The tornado produced extensive structural damage in Cooper. Several homes, businesses, mobile homes and out-buildings were damaged or destroyed. Hundreds of trees were blown down or snapped off in this area. The tornado moved across eastern Chilton County and went across Lake Mitchell. At Lake Mitchell, on the Chilton/Coosa County Line, numerous homes and mobile homes were destroyed generally between Blue Creek and Cargle Creek. The tornado crossed Lake Mitchell and moved into the Coosa Wildlife Management Area along Hatchet Creek. Hundreds of trees were splintered in this area. The tornado then moved through rural Coosa County crossing US 231 just south of the Hanover Community. The tornado dissipated shortly after US 231. The tornado damage path was 49.1 miles long and an astounding 1400 yards wide at its widest point. No injuries or fatalities were reported with this strong tornado. Begin: 32 35.77/86 53.11 End: 32 59.99/86 11.45
40.21979-11-25231°52'N / 86°40'W31°59'N / 86°35'W9.40 Miles50 Yards0025K0Butler
40.32008-02-17332°24'N / 86°28'W32°28'N / 86°24'W6.00 Miles440 Yards05010.0M0KAutauga
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near the waste water treatment facility south southwest of the city of Prattville. It then tracked northeastward and crossed US Highway 82, US Highway 31, and Cobbs Ford Road. The southern and eastern parts of Prattville sustained significant damage. The highest winds likely occurred along Cobbs Ford Road/East Main Street near McQueen Smith Road and in the Silver Hills Subdivision. An estimated 200 residential homes and 40 businesses were damaged or destroyed. Hundreds of trees were either snapped off or were uprooted along the path. In addition, 50 injuries were reported, but there were no fatalities. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A broken squall line, sparked by an advancing cold front and strong upper level storm, caused severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across Central Alabama.
40.41966-11-10232°18'N / 86°30'W32°16'N / 86°21'W9.30 Miles50 Yards0025K0Lowndes
40.91956-12-23231°25'N / 87°21'W32°08'N / 86°25'W73.90 Miles100 Yards000K0Monroe
41.01963-04-29232°11'N / 86°31'W32°12'N / 86°21'W9.80 Miles400 Yards00250K0Lowndes
41.41982-01-03232°41'N / 86°34'W32°44'N / 86°33'W8.00 Miles80 Yards06250K0Autauga
41.51984-04-22232°56'N / 87°10'W1.00 Mile80 Yards00250K0Bibb
41.71975-01-10232°18'N / 86°24'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Montgomery
42.01963-03-17332°56'N / 87°09'W32°57'N / 87°07'W2.70 Miles100 Yards040K0Bibb
42.91984-05-03332°22'N / 86°24'W32°26'N / 86°22'W6.00 Miles800 Yards5372.5M0Montgomery
43.11973-05-27432°50'N / 87°17'W33°05'N / 86°56'W26.70 Miles800 Yards54725.0M0Bibb
43.71977-03-29232°35'N / 86°31'W32°37'N / 86°21'W10.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Autauga
44.51992-03-10332°35'N / 87°49'W32°39'N / 87°47'W4.00 Miles440 Yards00250K0Greene
44.62007-03-01232°01'N / 86°27'W32°04'N / 86°25'W3.00 Miles400 Yards0450K0KLowndes
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: What would eventually become a large tornado first touched down in far southeastern Lowndes County, along US Highway 31 in the Sandy Ridge Community. The tornado tracked northeastward, roughly parallel to US 31, before moving into extreme southwestern Montgomery County. During its short path in Lowndes County, the tornado damaged several structures and downed numerous trees. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful spring storm system brought an outbreak of tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail to Central Alabama.
44.71984-05-03332°26'N / 86°22'W32°27'N / 86°21'W1.00 Mile800 Yards002.5M0Elmore
44.81961-12-11232°47'N / 87°40'W32°52'N / 87°34'W8.30 Miles150 Yards0025K0Hale
45.01964-04-28232°03'N / 86°29'W31°59'N / 86°24'W6.80 Miles33 Yards00250K0Lowndes
45.51982-01-03232°44'N / 86°33'W32°47'N / 86°29'W06250K0Chilton
45.71969-04-18431°50'N / 86°38'W31°56'N / 86°27'W12.80 Miles500 Yards211250K0Butler
46.21957-06-28231°46'N / 86°43'W31°51'N / 86°32'W12.30 Miles133 Yards00250K0Butler
46.71976-03-12232°44'N / 86°28'W0.10 Mile50 Yards0025K0Chilton
47.01968-11-17332°54'N / 86°45'W32°49'N / 86°27'W18.30 Miles400 Yards1242.5M0Chilton
48.11982-01-03232°45'N / 86°31'W32°47'N / 86°25'W15.00 Miles140 Yards00250K0Chilton
48.41971-04-23431°30'N / 87°18'W31°46'N / 87°00'W25.40 Miles300 Yards0025K0Monroe
48.51971-03-02331°54'N / 87°49'W31°55'N / 87°44'W4.90 Miles100 Yards00250K0Clarke
48.61973-03-16232°42'N / 86°30'W32°48'N / 86°23'W9.70 Miles77 Yards00250K0Chilton
49.91973-03-16232°54'N / 87°40'W32°55'N / 87°36'W4.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Hale


* 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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