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The chance of earthquake damage in Elk City is about the same as Kansas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Elk City is much lower than Kansas average and is higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #623

Elk City, KS

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

Elk City, KS

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, #659

Elk City, KS

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 3,823 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Elk City, KS were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:9Cold:8Dense Fog:3Drought:31
Dust Storm:0Flood:310Hail:1,729Heat:22Heavy Snow:57
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:25Landslide:0Strong Wind:68
Thunderstorm Winds:1,417Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:54Winter Weather:25

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Elk City, KS.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Elk City, KS.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Elk City, KS.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 69 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Elk City, KS.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
5.82006-03-30237°08'N / 95°55'W37°21'N / 95°44'W16.00 Miles125 Yards011.0M0KMontgomery
 Brief Description: The tornado produced F2 damage 4 miles north of Wayside, and again 2 miles southwest of Sycamore. Several homes and mobile homes were damaged or destroyed along its 16 mile path. The most concentrated damage occurred roughly 2 to 3 miles southwest of Sycamore in the township of Radical, where several homes and mobile homes sustained damage, some of which was major. Additionally, numerous trailers were overturned at Elk City Lake, along with damage at Elk City Lake State Park. Unfortunately, one man was seriously injured (direct) 3 miles southwest of Sycamore, when his home was hit by the tornado. Average path width ranged from 75 to 125 yards.
13.11954-05-01237°13'N / 95°40'W37°18'N / 95°41'W5.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Montgomery
14.11957-05-16237°14'N / 95°59'W37°35'N / 95°25'W39.30 Miles200 Yards00250K0Chautauqua
18.21982-03-15337°01'N / 95°51'W37°04'N / 95°45'W6.00 Miles300 Yards112.5M0Montgomery
20.31991-04-26237°16'N / 95°33'W37°22'N / 95°32'W6.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Montgomery
21.91965-06-03237°22'N / 96°18'W37°39'N / 96°06'W22.40 Miles87 Yards000K0Elk
22.31973-05-26336°58'N / 95°55'W0.30 Mile100 Yards033K0Washington
22.41972-04-19237°36'N / 96°02'W20.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Greenwood
23.11956-04-02437°28'N / 96°16'W37°36'N / 96°08'W11.50 Miles880 Yards000K0Elk
23.11959-06-18237°32'N / 96°12'W2.50 Miles100 Yards003K0Elk
24.41981-05-23236°56'N / 95°53'W36°57'N / 95°47'W5.70 Miles100 Yards000K0Washington
25.21981-05-23236°57'N / 95°47'W36°59'N / 95°37'W9.50 Miles33 Yards030K0Nowata
25.91956-04-02437°18'N / 96°28'W37°28'N / 96°16'W15.80 Miles880 Yards162.5M0Elk
25.91960-11-27237°19'N / 96°28'W37°30'N / 96°15'W17.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Elk
26.11981-05-23236°57'N / 95°42'W36°59'N / 95°38'W4.50 Miles100 Yards03250K0Nowata
26.11979-03-18336°55'N / 95°52'W36°55'N / 95°48'W4.10 Miles30 Yards0025K0Nowata
26.31964-11-15237°39'N / 96°04'W0.80 Mile400 Yards0025K0Greenwood
26.41979-03-18336°54'N / 95°56'W36°55'N / 95°52'W3.80 Miles30 Yards0025K0Washington
26.41991-04-26236°53'N / 95°56'W36°56'N / 95°50'W6.00 Miles100 Yards110250K0Washington
27.41982-03-15237°40'N / 96°04'W1.00 Mile300 Yards002.5M0Greenwood
27.52003-04-19236°51'N / 96°00'W36°56'N / 95°49'W12.00 Miles440 Yards031.7M0Washington
 Brief Description: A tornado entered Washington county 5 miles northwest of Dewey and passed between Dewey and Copan before entering Nowata county 1 mile north of Wann or 6.8 miles east northeast of Copan. The tornado produced F2 damage and a half mile wide damage path at its peak. 41 homes, two businesses and 40 barns and sheds were damaged. 16 of the homes were severely damaged including two mobile homes which were completely destroyed. Three people were treated at an emergency room of a hospital in Bartlesville due to injuries received during the tornado. Two of those people were inhabitants of one of the moble homes that was destroyed.
27.71981-05-17236°59'N / 96°14'W000K0Osage
28.81956-04-02437°36'N / 96°08'W37°47'N / 95°58'W15.50 Miles880 Yards05250K0Greenwood
29.11961-03-26236°45'N / 96°00'W37°00'N / 95°38'W26.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Washington
29.31991-04-26337°28'N / 96°25'W37°37'N / 96°16'W12.00 Miles200 Yards12250K0Elk
29.51973-06-04237°42'N / 95°57'W37°44'N / 95°51'W5.90 Miles300 Yards00250K0Greenwood
29.52000-04-19337°15'N / 95°33'W37°24'N / 95°12'W21.00 Miles440 Yards02771.0M0Labette
 Brief Description: The same tornado that formed 3 miles south of Cherryvale at 1930 CST in eastern Montgomery County, the tornado entered western Labette County at 1934 CST, 10 miles southwest of Dennis. Moving northeast around 35 mph, the tornado passed 4 miles south of Dennis at 1940 CST. At 1945 CST, the tornado entered southwest Parsons where it inflicted major damage to a law enforcement center, a movie theater, and a carnival. In all, 750 buildings were damaged of which 633 were homes. Of the homes, 53 were destroyed, 112 sustained major damage and 468 received minor damage. Of the 117 commercial buildings that sustained damage, 20 were destroyed, 28 received major damage, and 69 received minor damage. Total damage estimate: $40 million. A total of 27 people were injured, most were minor. Though inflicting F3 damage when it hit Parsons, the tornado possessed F1 intensity for most of it's track. This same tornado would continue moving northeast, clipping southeast Neosho County. Area newspapers contributed to this report.
29.71980-04-07236°52'N / 96°00'W1.50 Miles440 Yards01250K0Osage
29.71991-04-26337°37'N / 96°16'W37°38'N / 96°14'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Greenwood
30.41982-03-15236°49'N / 95°51'W36°55'N / 95°40'W12.00 Miles177 Yards00250K0Nowata
31.21988-11-15237°24'N / 95°26'W37°29'N / 95°19'W7.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Neosho
32.41956-04-02437°15'N / 96°32'W37°18'N / 96°28'W5.10 Miles880 Yards0025K0Chautauqua
33.41982-03-15236°52'N / 95°37'W00250K0Nowata
34.32005-04-21337°25'N / 95°21'W37°26'N / 95°16'W5.00 Miles200 Yards00200K0Neosho
 Brief Description: Damage summary: Two miles south of Galesburg: One barn damaged & two out-buildings destroyed. Three miles southeast of Galesburg: Two mobile homes destroyed, one frame house dislodged from it's foundation & two barns destroyed. Four miles east-southeast of Galesburg: Frame house unroofed with two exterior walls collapsed. A garage and one shed were destroyed. Tree damage occurred at each of these locations.
34.71956-04-02437°47'N / 95°58'W37°48'N / 95°57'W1.30 Miles880 Yards0525K0Woodson
34.91958-11-17236°51'N / 95°36'W003K0Nowata
35.21973-05-11237°36'N / 95°24'W00250K0Neosho
35.61973-03-08237°26'N / 95°24'W37°34'N / 95°14'W12.80 Miles440 Yards01250K0Neosho
35.71991-04-26337°45'N / 96°05'W37°51'N / 95°57'W10.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Greenwood
37.61982-03-15236°44'N / 96°01'W36°46'N / 95°58'W3.00 Miles177 Yards05725.0M0Washington
38.81965-04-05236°44'N / 96°00'W1.50 Miles67 Yards00250K0Washington
39.01982-03-15337°01'N / 95°26'W37°09'N / 95°04'W24.00 Miles167 Yards002.5M0Labette
39.11958-05-31337°15'N / 95°12'W0.30 Mile100 Yards0025K0Labette
39.51996-05-26236°50'N / 95°29'W36°55'N / 95°21'W8.00 Miles880 Yards0075K0Craig
40.11954-05-01237°08'N / 95°14'W37°11'N / 95°10'W5.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Labette
41.61991-03-26337°15'N / 96°45'W37°23'N / 96°35'W15.00 Miles200 Yards062.5M0Cowley
41.62000-04-19237°30'N / 95°20'W37°34'N / 95°06'W15.00 Miles440 Yards031.8M0Neosho
 Brief Description: Forming at 1920 CST 6 miles southwest of Erie, the tornado moved northeast around 35 mph passing just south of Erie at 1931 CST. F2 intensity for much of it's track, the tornado injured 3 people on the southern periphery of Erie as it destroyed or heavily damaged 12 homes, several mobile homes, as well as a few trees. This tornado then crossed into Crawford county.
42.11991-04-26337°51'N / 95°57'W37°57'N / 95°56'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Woodson
42.41982-03-15237°47'N / 95°51'W37°58'N / 95°30'W24.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Woodson
43.22003-05-08337°48'N / 95°57'W38°00'N / 95°31'W22.00 Miles350 Yards032.5M261KWoodson
 Brief Description: Damage summary: Toronto: Outbuildings destroyed. 1N Toronto: Trees & limbs downed. 1W Batesville: Large trees uprooted and sheared off, sheet metal in trees, old wood shed destroyed. 1N Batesville: Oil tank 12-15 feet high toppled (leaked profusely), power pole blown over. 2NE Batesville: House destroyed, 2 vehicles heavily damaged, pair of 2-3 foot diameter trees stripped 4 feet off ground. 3-4NE Batesville: Cattle barn & garage destroyed, windows blown out of house, large pick-up truck rolled onto side. 1N Yates Center: House & barn destroyed on Highway 75, horse trailer flipped over, large trees uprooted or snapped off at bases, broke or toppled 70 grave markers at the cemetery. 1NW Yates Center: Two-story house and 3 barns destroyed, trees completely shreaded. Yates Center: Five homes destroyed and 30 damaged. Two of the three injuries occurred at one residence with both requiring transport to a hospital. Forty-five miles of fence damaged. Stored hay contaminated by embedding of wiring and nails. Estimated crop losses: Corn: 300 acres. Wheat: 100 acres. Pasture: 1312 acres. Hay: 655 acres. Of the estimated $2.5 million damage, $1.506 million inflicted upon farming facilities. Farming facility damage breakdown: Dwellings and Service Buildings: $900,000; Structures: $6,000; Machinery & equipment: $600,000. USDA Flash Situation Report contributed greatly to this narrative. This tornado would cross just barely into extreme Northwest Allen County.
43.31956-04-02437°48'N / 95°57'W38°02'N / 95°54'W16.30 Miles880 Yards000K0Woodson
43.51986-04-07237°57'N / 95°56'W37°53'N / 95°44'W14.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Woodson
43.61956-04-02437°00'N / 96°49'W37°15'N / 96°32'W23.20 Miles880 Yards162.5M0Cowley
43.91996-05-26236°36'N / 95°39'W36°50'N / 95°29'W18.00 Miles880 Yards00200K0Nowata
44.21959-09-27237°03'N / 95°12'W37°07'N / 95°06'W7.20 Miles440 Yards000K0Labette
44.31954-07-22237°05'N / 95°11'W37°13'N / 95°04'W11.20 Miles440 Yards000K0Labette
44.81980-10-15337°20'N / 96°45'W37°31'N / 96°40'W13.30 Miles150 Yards042.5M0Cowley
45.91973-03-08237°34'N / 95°14'W37°36'N / 95°05'W8.40 Miles440 Yards00250K0Neosho
46.41961-03-26236°33'N / 96°20'W36°45'N / 96°00'W23.00 Miles33 Yards0260K0Rogers
46.51959-09-27437°00'N / 95°08'W37°07'N / 95°06'W8.20 Miles440 Yards1125K0Labette
46.91959-09-27436°51'N / 95°15'W37°00'N / 95°08'W12.20 Miles33 Yards000K0Craig
47.31982-03-15237°23'N / 95°04'W37°24'N / 95°03'W2.00 Miles600 Yards002.5M0Labette
47.61954-03-24237°43'N / 95°31'W37°57'N / 95°14'W22.20 Miles880 Yards0025K0Wilson
47.71991-03-26237°49'N / 95°27'W37°53'N / 95°21'W8.00 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Allen
47.82003-05-08336°35'N / 96°43'W36°53'N / 96°08'W45.00 Miles880 Yards00250K0Osage
 Brief Description: A F3 tornado touched down northwest of Fairfax and traveled northeast across rural areas of Osage county before dissipating just west of Bowring. The one community it did effect was Little Chief. Oil tanks southwest of Little Chief were taken off their foundation and rolled a quarter of a mile. In Little Chief a RV was destroyed and there was considerable tree damage. In a field not far from Little Chief seven cattle were killed. Along Highway 60 to the northeast of Little Chief a house and garage were completely swept from their foundation. At the same location a barn was destroyed and three horses were killed. Further to the northeast as the tornado entered the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, it produced additional significant tree damage. Throughout the path of the tornado up to 30 power poles were blown down causing power outages across a significant part of Osage county. The F3 damage was classified at two locations: the first was near where the cattle were killed--this was the only location that showed the scouring of grasses along the path; the second location was in the western sections of the Tall Grass Prairie Reserve where an Oak Forest was heavily damaged. Although the one house was swept off its foundation, it was clear that this house's anchoring failed prematurely. On this property there were several examples, especially with vegetation, that hinted that this stretch of the tornado track was probably less than F3 intensity.
48.21964-04-20237°44'N / 95°18'W37°48'N / 95°14'W5.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Allen
48.51982-03-15236°40'N / 96°19'W01250K0Osage
49.31986-04-07238°03'N / 96°05'W37°57'N / 95°56'W8.60 Miles100 Yards00250K0Greenwood
49.91982-03-15337°09'N / 95°04'W37°11'N / 94°58'W6.00 Miles167 Yards162.5M0Cherokee

* 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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