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

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

Earthquake Index, #530

Durham, NC
0.01
North Carolina
0.18
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

Durham, NC
0.0000
North 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, #515

Durham, NC
106.81
North Carolina
115.21
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 3,939 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Durham, NC were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:1Cold:23Dense Fog:11Drought:44
Dust Storm:0Flood:345Hail:1,139Heat:23Heavy Snow:101
High Surf:0Hurricane:5Ice Storm:25Landslide:2Strong Wind:78
Thunderstorm Winds:1,807Tropical Storm:1Wildfire:1Winter Storm:56Winter Weather:130
Other:147 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Durham, NC.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Durham, NC.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 36 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Durham, NC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.61989-05-05235°55'N / 78°58'W36°02'N / 78°54'W8.70 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Durham
2.81984-04-04236°01'N / 78°53'W1.70 Miles67 Yards042.5M0Durham
9.11952-04-05235°48'N / 78°53'W35°54'N / 78°53'W6.90 Miles300 Yards0025K0Wake
9.91956-03-18235°52'N / 78°48'W0.30 Mile100 Yards003K0Wake
10.91991-03-29235°52'N / 79°03'W35°53'N / 79°03'W1.00 Mile300 Yards000K0Orange
14.71992-11-23336°05'N / 79°11'W36°07'N / 79°04'W5.50 Miles1200 Yards210250K0Orange
17.71988-11-28435°52'N / 78°45'W35°58'N / 78°27'W20.00 Miles400 Yards2105250.0M0Wake
23.71966-11-02235°31'N / 78°44'W36°00'N / 78°26'W37.40 Miles77 Yards09250K0Wake
24.01991-03-29235°42'N / 79°28'W35°52'N / 79°03'W25.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Chatham
26.41995-10-27236°13'N / 78°32'W2.00 Miles75 Yards00250K0Granville
 Brief Description: A tornado touched in the community of Corinth. Numerous large trees were downed and a new home lost its roof. Numerous barns and farm outbuildings were destroyed. At the intersection of Highway 96 and SR 1643, a home was damaged when a large tree was blown onto the home and the roof was lifted off. Numerous 100-year-old trees were twisted and snapped. A truck and cement outbuilding were also destroyed.
26.51981-02-11235°47'N / 78°30'W1.90 Miles800 Yards02250K0Wake
29.61982-06-16235°33'N / 78°47'W35°35'N / 78°45'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Wake
30.91982-06-16235°32'N / 78°49'W35°33'N / 78°47'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Harnett
31.51956-04-06235°30'N / 79°04'W35°33'N / 78°49'W14.40 Miles100 Yards0025K0Lee
33.01952-11-19236°26'N / 78°43'W1.00 Mile50 Yards01250K0Granville
33.01965-10-07235°39'N / 79°24'W35°41'N / 79°18'W6.10 Miles27 Yards0025K0Chatham
34.01966-11-02235°30'N / 78°44'W35°31'N / 78°44'W1.10 Miles77 Yards00250K0Harnett
34.81966-11-02236°00'N / 78°26'W36°15'N / 78°11'W22.20 Miles77 Yards00250K0Franklin
35.21995-10-27236°20'N / 78°29'W36°20'N / 78°25'W3.00 Miles50 Yards0010.0M0Vance
 Brief Description: A tornado first touched down 4 W of Henderson near Interstate 85. The storm moved north and crossed Interstate 85. Sporadic damage occurred to mostly pine trees around the Ruin Creek Road area until the storm hit the Camperland business sales lot. Here, 25 RV's and five Uhauls were destroyed. The roof of the business was blown off. A few blocks away a medical clinic was destroyed. For several blocks down the road, there was damage to roofs of a department store, grocery, hospital, and shopping center.
36.31988-11-28435°58'N / 78°27'W36°06'N / 78°04'W21.00 Miles200 Yards01725.0M0Franklin
36.41996-04-15235°53'N / 78°16'W35°53'N / 78°16'W2.00 Miles400 Yards051.0M0Franklin
 Brief Description: The storm moved into Franklin county and destroyed a cement block building 1 mile SW of the community of Pilot. The storm then crossed over Hwy 64 where numerous trees were twisted and downed. Several outbuildings were also destroyed. The storm then entered Pilot where the damage path reached 250 yards across. A frame house was rotated, lifted off its foundation, and moved 30 feet. Cars were thrown into a local farm pond along with other debris. As the tornado left Pilot and approached HWY 39, the tornado reached it greatest width of nearly 400 yards. Damage was evident at every home in its path. The storm then weakened before it moved into Nash county.
37.41964-07-12236°24'N / 79°20'W36°29'N / 79°11'W10.00 Miles50 Yards01250K0Caswell
37.61995-10-27236°30'N / 78°56'W36°33'N / 78°54'W4.00 Miles75 Yards00250K0Person
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down on SR 1514. A home was destroyed and two others were significantly damaged on U.S. 501 North. Many trees and power lines were downed. Three mobile homes destroyed.
38.51964-07-12236°29'N / 79°11'W36°31'N / 79°08'W3.60 Miles50 Yards00250K0Person
38.51954-08-17235°47'N / 79°33'W2.10 Miles110 Yards00250K0Randolph
38.71992-11-23335°28'N / 78°41'W35°28'N / 78°35'W4.00 Miles100 Yards000K0Harnett
39.61969-04-18235°52'N / 79°36'W0125K0Randolph
41.72010-10-27236°34'N / 78°52'W36°36'N / 78°49'W4.00 Miles200 Yards0040K0KHalifax
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near Highway 96 in the Mayo Community and continued intermittently on the ground for a mile. It destroyed one barn, blew several roofs off sheds, moved one house off its foundation, and downed hundreds of trees. The tornado then strengthened to EF2 status along a 2 mile continuous path, from Watts Trail through North Fork Church Road to Lowery road. In this path approximately 15 telephone poles were snapped off, thousands of trees were downed, and 3 homes had windows blown out, roofs damaged, or trees falling on them. Numerous barns and outbuildings were also destroyed. the tornado then weakened as it approached Lowery Road before lifting. Near Lowery Road one home was damaged with windows blown out and roof damage. Several large trees were also downed along with 2 barns and 3 outbuildings destroyed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system over Minnesota pushed a front across our area. Very strong winds aloft set the stage for damaging wind gusts and tornadoes. Enough instability was present ahead of this front to enhance the severe threat. An area of severe thunderstorms and embedded supercells moved into the Piedmont of Virginia late in the evening of the 26th into early on the 27th. These storms produced areas of wind damage and two tornadoes.
42.71962-01-06236°35'N / 78°44'W003K0Halifax
43.71981-02-11235°56'N / 78°09'W35°57'N / 78°06'W3.30 Miles800 Yards002.5M0Nash
43.71992-11-23335°28'N / 78°35'W35°38'N / 78°05'W31.00 Miles100 Yards0122.5M0Johnston
45.41969-03-24336°38'N / 78°48'W0.10 Mile20 Yards1425K0Halifax
45.91966-11-02236°15'N / 78°11'W36°18'N / 78°09'W3.80 Miles77 Yards00250K0Warren
48.11953-03-15335°46'N / 78°06'W35°45'N / 78°05'W1.30 Miles27 Yards000K0Nash
49.11977-10-01235°48'N / 79°50'W35°53'N / 79°42'W9.40 Miles40 Yards00250K0Randolph
49.11954-06-16236°10'N / 79°48'W36°12'N / 79°42'W6.10 Miles100 Yards013K0Guilford


* 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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