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

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

Earthquake Index, #55

Erie 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

Erie 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, #59

Erie 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 13,898 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Erie County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:5Cold:58Dense Fog:5Drought:19
Dust Storm:0Flood:1,419Hail:3,573Heat:37Heavy Snow:231
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:50Landslide:0Strong Wind:258
Thunderstorm Winds:7,573Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:170Winter Weather:27

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Erie County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Erie County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 43 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Erie County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
8.31953-06-08441°25'N / 82°50'W41°28'N / 82°20'W26.00 Miles33 Yards2230K0Erie
12.21992-07-12241°27'N / 82°43'W2.00 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Erie
18.22000-09-20241°18'N / 82°37'W41°18'N / 82°37'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00175K10KErie
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down north of Monroeville in Huron County and traveled east along State Route 113 into southern Erie County. The tornado dissipated near the corner of Higbee and Livengood Roads after destroying a farm house. The destroyed house was ripped from its foundation, moved 40 feet and knocked over. A second house and a small barn were also slightly damaged. The tornado traveled approximately one mile in Erie County and had a damage path about 100 yards wide. Debris from the homes was thrown well outside the damage path which was clearly visible through corn fields. Ears of corn were shucked, apparently by the tornado and some ears had many kernels removed. Several dozen trees were downed along the damage path.
19.32002-11-10241°31'N / 82°57'W41°35'N / 82°51'W10.00 Miles50 Yards0413.5M0Ottawa
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down south of Port Clinton and then moved northeast entering the city just west of the intersection of Wilcox Road and Fulton Road. The tornado moved through the heart of the city reaching Lake Erie at Lakeview Park. From there, the tornado moved northeast over Lake Erie to Catawba Island where it finally dissipated after a ten mile long damage path. Four people suffered minor injuries as a result of the tornado. Hardest hit was the Lakeview Park area where two condominiums were blown off their stilts into Lake Erie and many other structures where destroyed. The initial storm damage in Port Clinton occurred along 11th Street where several homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. Significant damage also occurred near 8th and Fulton Streets. As the tornado moved through the city, it damaged the local high school and a hospital. Significant damage also occurred on Catawba Island with several homes damaged and destroyed before the tornado finally dissipated. A total of 24 homes and 16 apartments were destroyed along the damage path with approximately 60 additional homes damaged enough to be deemed uninhabitable. Another 80 structures sustained minor to moderate amounts of damage. The damage path was typically no more than 50 yards in width. Dozens of vehicles were damaged or destroyed by the tornado and hundreds of trees and power poles were toppled.
20.21986-08-26241°24'N / 82°11'W41°27'N / 82°10'W3.00 Miles440 Yards022.5M0Lorain
21.61953-06-08441°28'N / 82°20'W41°22'N / 81°58'W20.00 Miles33 Yards1470K0Lorain
22.11998-06-24241°31'N / 82°57'W41°31'N / 82°57'W3.50 Miles100 Yards01320.0M5.0MOttawa
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down approximately 10 miles west of Port Clinton and just west of the Davis Bessie power plant. Winds were between 113 and 157 miles per hour. Considerable damage occurred, with some barns completely destroyed and an apartment complex heavily damaged. Sixty three homes were destroyed, 63 sustained major damage, 238 had minor damage, semi trucks and mobile homes were overturned and trees and utility poles were downed. Loss of power lines outside Davis Bessie triggered a shutdown and a second stage alert; power was out for several days in places. A state of emergency was declared and all roads were closed in the county. Many buildings were destroyed and trees were downed at Camp Perry. A tree containing an eagle's nest with 2 eaglets was blown down. One of the eaglets survived.
22.82000-09-20241°15'N / 82°42'W41°15'N / 82°42'W1.50 Miles100 Yards01250K15KHuron
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down north of Monroeville along State Route 99 near Mead Road. The tornado traveled east for 2.5 miles along State Route 113 and dissipated in Erie County near the corner of Higbee and Livengood Roads. The tornado was not on the ground the entire length and had a damage path approximately 100 yards in width. A mobile home, small outbuilding, barn, garage and a camper were destroyed in Huron County. An adult male inside the mobile home was slightly injured. The damage path of the tornado was clearly visible through corn fields and debris from the destroyed buildings was strewn along the path and in some case thrown well outside the path. Ears of corn were found shucked, apparently by the tornado. Several hundred trees were downed along the damage path.
23.71977-06-30241°18'N / 82°50'W0.70 Mile50 Yards00250K0Huron
27.21992-07-12241°11'N / 82°21'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Huron
27.41989-11-27241°05'N / 82°48'W41°16'N / 82°34'W15.00 Miles73 Yards012.5M0Huron
28.71965-04-11441°14'N / 82°15'W41°18'N / 82°00'W13.40 Miles400 Yards1710025.0M0Lorain
30.71992-07-12241°14'N / 82°07'W2.00 Miles200 Yards032.5M0Lorain
31.31986-03-10241°03'N / 82°41'W41°10'N / 82°35'W8.00 Miles200 Yards1102.5M0Huron
33.91973-05-10341°06'N / 82°42'W41°02'N / 82°30'W11.00 Miles50 Yards51002.5M0Huron
34.71953-06-08441°16'N / 83°26'W41°25'N / 82°50'W32.60 Miles100 Yards000K0Sandusky
35.51965-04-11441°18'N / 82°00'W41°20'N / 81°50'W8.60 Miles400 Yards110025.0M0Cuyahoga
36.21951-06-22241°25'N / 81°51'W1.00 Mile100 Yards002.5M0Cuyahoga
36.31972-08-17241°02'N / 82°37'W2.80 Miles183 Yards00250K0Huron
36.41953-06-08441°22'N / 81°58'W41°30'N / 81°43'W15.60 Miles33 Yards63000K0Cuyahoga
36.51970-07-15241°24'N / 81°51'W01250K0Cuyahoga
37.31983-05-02241°01'N / 82°36'W2.00 Miles50 Yards02250K0Huron
37.52002-11-10341°06'N / 83°10'W41°14'N / 82°54'W21.00 Miles100 Yards1212.8M0Seneca
 Brief Description: An F1 tornado touched down southwest of Tiffin near the Seneca County Airport. The tornado moved east northeast and strengthened to F3 intesity as it crossed U.S. Highway 224 and moved into Tiffin. The Honey Creek subdivision along County Road 19 near US 224 was hard hit. Six homes on Nantucket Drive in the subdivision were destroyed and many other homes damaged. As the tornado continued across the southern part of Tiffin it leveled a business along State Route 231 and destroyed several homes on Siesta Drive just east of State Route 231. A retirement community along St. Francis Avenue and just north of Siesta Drive was also hard hit by the tornado. Eight homes in the community were destroyed with five more damaged enough to be declared uninhabitable. Another 25 homes sustained lesser amounts of damage and several cars were found lying upside down. The tornado weakened to F2 intensity as it crossed State Route 100 and moved over Greenlawn Cemetary. From the cemetary, the tornado began to move in more of a northeasterly direction and briefly weakened to F1 intensity as it passed to the east of Heidelburg College. The tornado reintensified to F2 as it crossed State Route 18 and continued northeast across open country where it damaged many more homes and buildings. The tornado reached strong F3 intensity for several miles to the northwest and north of Republic. A 24 year old male was killed and two other people seriously injured when a home in Scipio Township on County Road 38 near County Road 43 was swept off of it's foundation. Two other homes nearby were also leveled. The tornado remained on the ground for another ten miles and gradually weakened to F2 intensity. It finally lifted south of State Route 18 near Fireside. Later, the same parent thunderstorm spawned another tornado a few miles away in Huron County. Overall, this tornado destroyed 32 homes and businesses, heavily damaged another eight and slightly damaged around 70 homes in Seneca County. Dozens of cars were also damaged and destroyed with downed trees and power poles numbering in the hundreds. The damage path from this tornado was roughly 21 miles in length and over 200 yards in width at times. M24PH
38.21992-07-12341°14'N / 82°00'W41°13'N / 81°52'W7.00 Miles300 Yards042.5M0Medina
38.31992-07-12241°31'N / 83°22'W41°34'N / 83°10'W10.00 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Ottawa
38.31975-07-13241°10'N / 82°01'W41°12'N / 81°56'W4.10 Miles50 Yards00250K0Lorain
38.71973-05-10341°14'N / 83°26'W41°06'N / 82°42'W39.10 Miles27 Yards102.5M0Seneca
39.01962-08-20241°24'N / 81°48'W0.50 Mile500 Yards4202.5M0Cuyahoga
40.01965-04-11341°04'N / 83°08'W41°07'N / 82°51'W15.00 Miles300 Yards430250K0Seneca
40.31973-05-10241°02'N / 82°30'W40°57'N / 82°08'W19.70 Miles667 Yards06250K0Ashland
41.02001-05-21241°06'N / 82°01'W41°06'N / 82°01'W7.50 Miles80 Yards001.0M0Medina
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down along New London Eastern Road near Pawnee in southwestern Chatham Township. The tornado then traveled northeast for approximately 7.5 miles before dissipating along State Route 83 about three miles north of Chatham. The damage path was intermittent and approximately 250 feet in width. A new home was completely destroyed near the location of the initial touchdown. A truck nearby was thrown 500 feet by the tornado. A church and parsonage were damaged along Old Mill Road. The tornado then struck an alpaca farm along State Route 83 north of Chatham and destroyed three barns and damaged several other outbuildings. Several garages and a home were damaged elsewhere along the damage path. Over three hundred trees were knocked down and two cars destroyed.
41.32002-11-10241°02'N / 82°08'W41°02'N / 82°08'W4.00 Miles50 Yards00750K0Medina
 Brief Description: A tornado moved into the county from Ashland County just to the east of Firestone Road. The tornado then traveled northeast through Homerville and finally dissipated about a mile and a half northeast of the town. The first significant damage in the county occurred along Williams Road where a newer two story home lost it's roof and most of the second floor. Several other homes and buildings in this area sustained minor damage. In Homerville, an auto repair shop was destroyed and several homes sustained moderate to minor damage. A barn was destroyed just southwest of town. Many cars were damaged and dozens of trees downed. The tornado was on the ground in Medina County for approximately four miles and had a damage path no more than 50 yards in width.
41.51965-11-16241°00'N / 82°58'W41°04'N / 82°53'W5.90 Miles500 Yards00250K0Seneca
44.72002-11-10240°57'N / 82°13'W40°57'N / 82°13'W5.50 Miles50 Yards001.6M0Ashland
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down two miles southwest of Polk near the intersection of County Road 601 and Township Road 902. A new home at this location was destroyed. The tornado then traveled northeast across the western and northern portions of Polk. Two homes on the west side of Polk were heavily damaged and a small barn was leveled just north of town. Another 10 to 12 buildings, including two public buildings sustained minor damage in Polk. From Polk, the tornado traveled northeast across rural areas and passed just to the west of Albion. Two homes along County Road 620 just west of Township Road 521 lost entire roofs and had exterior walls partially or entirely knocked down. A nearby barn was leveled with debris thrown as much as one half mile. A small boat tethered in a pond near the barn was found a quarter mile away and the pond itself was filled with debris. A church in the area had it's steeple toppled. The tornado continued northeast and damaged several more homes and buildings. The tornado moved into Medina County just east of County Road 175. In the county, a total of five homes were either completely destroyed or declared unlivable with another 11 homes sustaining enough damage to require significant repairs. Approximately 30 additional homes and buildings suffered minor damage. A few dozen cars sustained varying amounts of damage. The tornado was on the ground in Ashland County for approximately five and a half miles with the damage path no more than 50 yards in width.
44.72010-06-05341°34'N / 83°25'W41°34'N / 83°22'W2.00 Miles200 Yards002.4M0KOttawa
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A strong tornado moved into western Ottawa County from Wood County during the late evening hours of June 5th. The tornado entered the county at 11:30 pm EDT as a weak EF3 or strong EF2 tornado. A couple homes on Trowbridge Road just east of the county line were heavily damaged. The tornado then continued east northeast to just north of the intersection of Billman and Trowbridge Roads where a few more homes were significantly damaged. After crossing Billman Road, the tornado took a turn to the right and intensified back to EF3. The tornado crossed Reiman Road just south of Trowbridge Road and finally lifted just before reaching Bolander Road. Around a dozen homes near the intersection of Trowbridge Road and Reiman Road were damaged. In Ottawa County, a total of 11 homes were destroyed with another 14 homes sustaining major damage from the tornado. Around 20 additional homes sustained lesser damages. This tornado was on the ground in Ottawa County for just over two and a quarter miles and had a maximum width of around 200 yards. Two injuries were reported. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A stationary frontal system stretched across the lower Great Lakes on the morning of Saturday, June 5th. This resulted in a very warm and humid airmass over northern Ohio. Outflow boundaries from earlier storms interacted with the stationary front to initiate thunderstorm development during the afternoon hours across inland northern Ohio. One of the stronger thunderstorms produced tornadoes in Richland and Holmes Counties. There were also a few reports of straight line thunderstorm wind damage. A rapidly deepening area of low pressure moved quickly east across southern lower Michigan during the evening hours. This low eventually moved across Lake Erie during the early morning hours of the 6th. Showers and thunderstorms developed across northern Indiana during the evening hours. These storms intensified and moved east along the stationary front and into Northwest Ohio. A devastating EF4 tornado developed over Wood County a little before midnight. This tornado moved into Ottawa County before dissipating. Seven people were killed and dozens of homes destroyed by the tornado. A weaker tornado also moved across portions of Lucas County. A third round of storms developed during the early morning hours of the 6th ahead of a cold front trailing the low. These storms moved across northern Ohio and produced pockets of damage. An EF1 tornado occurred in Ashtabula County around daybreak. A total of five tornadoes occurred in northern Ohio on June 5th and 6th. These tornadoes killed seven people, injured dozens and destroyed or damaged over a 100 homes. A school and a public administration building were also leveled. Damage estimates easily topped $100 million.
45.21972-08-17240°54'N / 82°30'W0.10 Mile30 Yards0025K0Richland
46.91961-02-18241°06'N / 83°12'W1.50 Miles440 Yards00250K0Seneca
47.02002-11-10240°58'N / 82°06'W40°59'N / 82°00'W5.00 Miles100 Yards001K0Wayne
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down about four miles south of West Salem just east of State Route 301 along Pleasant Home Road. The tornado then traveled northeast for approximately five miles before dissipating two and one half miles southwest of Burbank near the intersection of Britton and Franchester Roads. Extensive damage was done along the damage path which was mostly around 50 yards in width but up to several hundred feet wide along Palmer Road. A home on Pleasant Home Road was heavily damaged as were three other homes on Easton Road to the west of Wohlganuth Road. Two more homes were severely damaged on Wohlganuth Road. A home and six outbuildings were destroyed as the tornado crossed Palmer Road about a mile east of State Route 539 (Wohlganuth Road). A second home was leveled on Ruff Road just to the west of Stratton Road. Finally, a home was heavily damaged near where the tornado dissipated. Several other homes and buildings sustained minor damage. Many vehicles were also damaged. At least 20 power poles were snapped and several hundred trees downed along the damage path.
47.01977-06-30240°53'N / 82°41'W0.50 Mile50 Yards00250K0Richland
47.51992-07-13241°03'N / 83°19'W41°03'N / 82°59'W16.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Seneca
48.61963-04-17341°55'N / 83°20'W0.50 Mile67 Yards01250K0Monroe
49.41964-05-08241°48'N / 83°27'W41°50'N / 83°23'W3.30 Miles400 Yards0125K0Monroe
49.81974-04-03242°02'N / 83°15'W2.00 Miles30 Yards003K0Monroe

* 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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