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

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

Earthquake Index, #151

Dewitt, KY
0.25
Kentucky
0.24
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

Dewitt, KY
0.0000
Kentucky
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, #694

Dewitt, KY
52.02
Kentucky
136.89
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 3,675 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Dewitt, KY were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:1Cold:37Dense Fog:27Drought:17
Dust Storm:0Flood:447Hail:767Heat:23Heavy Snow:87
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:14Landslide:2Strong Wind:38
Thunderstorm Winds:2,002Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:3Winter Storm:25Winter Weather:82
Other:103 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Dewitt, KY.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
7.71976-01-194536.88-83.83
48.11984-02-143.61036.13-83.74

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 23 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Dewitt, KY.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
15.61988-05-09336°36'N / 83°45'W36°36'N / 83°39'W5.00 Miles500 Yards11525.0M0Bell
24.81974-04-03236°58'N / 84°07'W37°11'N / 83°57'W17.50 Miles33 Yards0222.5M0Laurel
25.11967-03-12336°40'N / 84°07'W2.00 Miles100 Yards000K0Whitley
27.12009-05-08236°27'N / 83°34'W2.00 Miles100 Yards000K0KClaiborne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF-2 tornado with maximum wind speed of 110 miles an hour occurred around five miles southwest of Tazewell. The tornado initially touched down along Cole Road and quickly produced 110 mph winds. It lifted the roof off of a home on Cole Road moved east across the road and moved east across the road and destroyed two large wooden barns carrying debris up to a half mile away. Several trees were also snapped off at mid trunk level. The tornado continued in a 2.2 mile path and dissipated near Neely Road. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A highly organized mesoscale convective vorticity maximum with strong low to mid tropospheric flow coupled with moderate instability resulted in the development of discrete supercellular thunderstorms. These storms produced a long-lived tornado across Northeast Tennessee late in the afternoon and another long duration tornado across Southwest Virginia later in the evening.
28.71974-04-03237°11'N / 83°57'W37°13'N / 83°55'W2.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Clay
29.31984-05-06237°08'N / 84°05'W37°10'N / 84°01'W5.00 Miles50 Yards082.5M0Laurel
29.61973-06-29337°08'N / 84°05'W0.50 Mile100 Yards02250K0Laurel
29.62001-06-02237°08'N / 84°05'W37°08'N / 84°05'W7.00 Miles100 Yards01017.1M0KLaurel
 Brief Description: A strong F2 tornado with wind estimates between 135 and 155 miles per hour ripped through downtown London during the evening hours. The Carnaby Square shopping center was hard hit. The tornado was reported by eye witnesses to have been nearly stationary in the parking lot for nearly 4 minutes. During this time several automobiles including a large moving van were overtured. A 20 by 30 foot chunk of 4 inch thick blacktop from the parking lot was torn up and thrown approximately 100 feet. Merchandise from one of the stores was later found 25 miles to the east. The tornado lifted before crossing U.S. Highway 25. The tornado touched down again along Bellinger Street between 6:15 and 6:20 pm where several homes received major damage. One duplex lost its entire roof as a mother and her two sons took shelter on the second floor. A mobile home used for storage was demolished. One block over on Morgan Street several brick and framed homes lost their entire roofs. A framed home placed on a block foundation was blown 15 feet away from the foundation. The storm lifted as if approached the Rolling Acres Subdivision. Witnesses reported seeing two funnel clouds at this time as the storm continued moving east. Damage was confined to large trees and some shingle damage on roofs of homes. The storm again dropped a tornado as it approached a ball park just northwest of the intersection of Kentucky Highway 192 and 80. Three of the four teams in the park took refuge in the concession stand and the fourth team remained in the dugout where parents covered the children while laying on the ground. One mid sized truck was tossed from the parking lot approximately 150 feet. Fencing from both ball diamonds was blown away. The last major damage occurred at a mobile home sales lot near the intersection of Kentucky Highway 192 and the Daniel Boone Parkway. Eight mobile homes weighing 8 to 12 tons were totaled. Emergency management officials reported that there were 10 minor injuries with the most serious being a broken arm. Eighteen residences were destroyed, 21 received major damage while 84 received minor damage. Twenty-six businesses suffered major damage. One church received major damage with another receiving minor damage. Thirty vehicles were destroyed and three 18 wheel tractor trailers were overturned.
30.11967-03-12336°45'N / 84°20'W36°40'N / 84°08'W12.50 Miles100 Yards05250K0Whitley
32.31974-04-03236°51'N / 84°18'W36°52'N / 84°17'W000K0Whitley
34.61980-07-06236°35'N / 83°15'W36°25'N / 83°13'W11.50 Miles300 Yards00250K0Hancock
36.41974-04-03236°48'N / 84°26'W36°51'N / 84°18'W8.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Mccreary
39.51974-04-03337°02'N / 84°24'W37°09'N / 84°17'W10.30 Miles33 Yards6302.5M0Pulaski
39.61974-04-03337°09'N / 84°17'W37°17'N / 84°11'W10.70 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Laurel
39.71967-03-12336°49'N / 84°31'W36°45'N / 84°20'W11.10 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mccreary
40.21973-05-10236°40'N / 84°26'W36°40'N / 84°23'W2.70 Miles33 Yards0525K0Mccreary
40.81954-06-01237°17'N / 84°07'W37°27'N / 83°54'W16.40 Miles67 Yards00250K0Laurel
41.21974-04-03337°17'N / 84°11'W37°18'N / 84°10'W1.30 Miles33 Yards1102.5M0Rockcastle
43.41977-10-01237°31'N / 83°53'W37°23'N / 83°43'W12.80 Miles400 Yards00250K0Owsley
46.01980-04-08236°43'N / 84°28'W36°34'N / 84°33'W11.20 Miles200 Yards29250K0Mccreary
47.71974-04-03336°53'N / 84°36'W36°56'N / 84°32'W5.10 Miles33 Yards052.5M0Pulaski
48.21974-04-03336°29'N / 84°36'W36°35'N / 84°24'W13.00 Miles400 Yards021250K0Scott
49.42002-11-10236°12'N / 84°12'W36°12'N / 84°05'W5.50 Miles75 Yards00213K0Anderson
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado produced a damage path 75 yards wide for a distance of 5.5 miles from near Briceville to Medford. The Medford community received the brunt of the damage, which was concentrated along Highway 25W, Leinart Road, Bryant Circle and Old and New Clear Branch roads. In all, 32 homes were damaged while 3 were totally destroyed. In addition, 9 mobile homes were damaged.


* 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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