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

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

Earthquake Index, #84

Elk County

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 County

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, #69

Elk County

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 20,127 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Elk County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:20Cold:34Dense Fog:32Drought:52
Dust Storm:0Flood:1,589Hail:9,934Heat:59Heavy Snow:123
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:56Landslide:0Strong Wind:178
Thunderstorm Winds:7,406Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:6Winter Storm:176Winter Weather:89

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Elk County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Elk County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 67 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Elk County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
4.41965-06-03237°22'N / 96°18'W37°39'N / 96°06'W22.40 Miles87 Yards000K0Elk
5.91956-04-02437°28'N / 96°16'W37°36'N / 96°08'W11.50 Miles880 Yards000K0Elk
5.91959-06-18237°32'N / 96°12'W2.50 Miles100 Yards003K0Elk
7.01960-11-27237°19'N / 96°28'W37°30'N / 96°15'W17.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Elk
8.01991-04-26337°28'N / 96°25'W37°37'N / 96°16'W12.00 Miles200 Yards12250K0Elk
8.41956-04-02437°18'N / 96°28'W37°28'N / 96°16'W15.80 Miles880 Yards162.5M0Elk
11.71991-04-26337°37'N / 96°16'W37°38'N / 96°14'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Greenwood
15.31972-04-19237°36'N / 96°02'W20.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Greenwood
16.61964-11-15237°39'N / 96°04'W0.80 Mile400 Yards0025K0Greenwood
17.51982-03-15237°40'N / 96°04'W1.00 Mile300 Yards002.5M0Greenwood
18.81956-04-02437°15'N / 96°32'W37°18'N / 96°28'W5.10 Miles880 Yards0025K0Chautauqua
19.41956-04-02437°36'N / 96°08'W37°47'N / 95°58'W15.50 Miles880 Yards05250K0Greenwood
25.11991-03-26337°15'N / 96°45'W37°23'N / 96°35'W15.00 Miles200 Yards062.5M0Cowley
25.51980-10-15337°20'N / 96°45'W37°31'N / 96°40'W13.30 Miles150 Yards042.5M0Cowley
26.11973-06-04237°42'N / 95°57'W37°44'N / 95°51'W5.90 Miles300 Yards00250K0Greenwood
26.81991-04-26337°45'N / 96°05'W37°51'N / 95°57'W10.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Greenwood
27.42006-03-30237°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.
28.01956-04-02437°47'N / 95°58'W37°48'N / 95°57'W1.30 Miles880 Yards0525K0Woodson
30.01957-05-16237°14'N / 95°59'W37°35'N / 95°25'W39.30 Miles200 Yards00250K0Chautauqua
32.61981-05-17236°59'N / 96°14'W000K0Osage
32.91956-04-02437°00'N / 96°49'W37°15'N / 96°32'W23.20 Miles880 Yards162.5M0Cowley
34.11954-05-01237°13'N / 95°40'W37°18'N / 95°41'W5.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Montgomery
34.41974-05-30238°04'N / 96°29'W37°49'N / 96°17'W20.40 Miles167 Yards010K0Greenwood
34.61955-05-25537°27'N / 97°00'W37°27'N / 96°45'W13.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Cowley
34.81991-04-26337°51'N / 95°57'W37°57'N / 95°56'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Woodson
35.21973-03-13237°00'N / 96°58'W37°27'N / 96°40'W35.10 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Cowley
36.31956-04-02437°48'N / 95°57'W38°02'N / 95°54'W16.30 Miles880 Yards000K0Woodson
37.61982-03-15337°01'N / 95°51'W37°04'N / 95°45'W6.00 Miles300 Yards112.5M0Montgomery
38.31973-05-26336°58'N / 95°55'W0.30 Mile100 Yards033K0Washington
38.81961-03-26238°01'N / 96°18'W2.00 Miles440 Yards01250K0Greenwood
38.91986-04-07237°57'N / 95°56'W37°53'N / 95°44'W14.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Woodson
39.71986-04-07238°03'N / 96°05'W37°57'N / 95°56'W8.60 Miles100 Yards00250K0Greenwood
39.71991-04-26237°16'N / 95°33'W37°22'N / 95°32'W6.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Montgomery
40.01960-04-16237°48'N / 96°50'W010K0Butler
41.41960-10-29237°49'N / 96°51'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0125K0Butler
41.52003-05-08337°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.
42.11981-05-23236°56'N / 95°53'W36°57'N / 95°47'W5.70 Miles100 Yards000K0Washington
42.31979-03-18336°54'N / 95°56'W36°55'N / 95°52'W3.80 Miles30 Yards0025K0Washington
42.51982-03-15237°47'N / 95°51'W37°58'N / 95°30'W24.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Woodson
42.51987-07-05237°31'N / 97°01'W0.20 Mile50 Yards00250K0Butler
42.71991-04-26236°53'N / 95°56'W36°56'N / 95°50'W6.00 Miles100 Yards110250K0Washington
42.91980-04-07236°52'N / 96°00'W1.50 Miles440 Yards01250K0Osage
43.12003-04-19236°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.
43.61979-03-18336°55'N / 95°52'W36°55'N / 95°48'W4.10 Miles30 Yards0025K0Nowata
43.61991-04-26437°04'N / 97°09'W37°21'N / 96°48'W25.00 Miles500 Yards1025.0M0Cowley
44.41991-04-26237°56'N / 96°43'W38°06'N / 96°34'W15.00 Miles100 Yards04250K0Butler
44.51954-04-26238°04'N / 95°59'W1.00 Mile20 Yards003K0Lyon
44.71955-05-25537°23'N / 97°07'W37°27'N / 97°00'W7.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Cowley
44.81974-05-30238°05'N / 96°30'W38°04'N / 96°29'W000K0Butler
45.21981-05-23236°57'N / 95°47'W36°59'N / 95°37'W9.50 Miles33 Yards030K0Nowata
45.21968-06-10238°06'N / 96°06'W1.50 Miles50 Yards03250K0Greenwood
46.01965-03-16437°07'N / 97°10'W37°15'N / 96°51'W19.70 Miles300 Yards03250K0Cowley
46.11958-06-10437°51'N / 97°01'W37°50'N / 96°51'W9.00 Miles300 Yards1552.5M0Butler
46.21960-04-16237°36'N / 97°08'W37°40'N / 96°59'W9.30 Miles33 Yards013K0Butler
46.41956-04-02438°02'N / 95°54'W38°06'N / 95°53'W4.50 Miles880 Yards0525K0Coffey
46.41981-05-23236°57'N / 95°42'W36°59'N / 95°38'W4.50 Miles100 Yards03250K0Nowata
46.51961-03-26236°45'N / 96°00'W37°00'N / 95°38'W26.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Washington
47.31973-05-11237°36'N / 95°24'W00250K0Neosho
47.71960-11-27237°25'N / 97°15'W37°40'N / 96°58'W23.20 Miles77 Yards02250K0Sumner
47.71988-11-15237°24'N / 95°26'W37°29'N / 95°19'W7.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Neosho
47.71974-05-30238°08'N / 96°34'W38°05'N / 96°30'W4.70 Miles167 Yards002.5M0Chase
48.01991-04-26537°42'N / 97°09'W37°54'N / 96°52'W22.00 Miles700 Yards13150250.0M0Butler
48.41963-05-25237°34'N / 97°07'W020K0Butler
48.62000-04-19337°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.
48.71982-03-15236°49'N / 95°51'W36°55'N / 95°40'W12.00 Miles177 Yards00250K0Nowata
49.11955-05-25537°21'N / 97°09'W37°23'N / 97°07'W2.30 Miles1320 Yards75270250K0Cowley
49.21991-04-26238°06'N / 96°34'W38°10'N / 96°29'W6.00 Miles100 Yards000K0Chase

* 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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