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

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

Earthquake Index, #572

Fair Bluff, 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

Fair Bluff, 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, #167

Fair Bluff, NC
154.42
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 2,742 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Fair Bluff, NC were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:4Dense Fog:2Drought:12
Dust Storm:0Flood:131Hail:957Heat:4Heavy Snow:9
High Surf:2Hurricane:13Ice Storm:9Landslide:0Strong Wind:32
Thunderstorm Winds:1,347Tropical Storm:8Wildfire:2Winter Storm:24Winter Weather:16
Other:170 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Fair Bluff, NC.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Fair Bluff, NC.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 64 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Fair Bluff, NC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
9.71982-06-10234°11'N / 79°10'W34°12'N / 79°05'W3.00 Miles133 Yards002.5M0Horry
12.81967-12-01234°09'N / 79°02'W34°08'N / 78°51'W10.50 Miles93 Yards0125K0Horry
12.91982-06-10234°11'N / 79°14'W34°11'N / 79°10'W3.00 Miles133 Yards0162.5M0Marion
14.31983-06-07234°22'N / 78°51'W34°26'N / 78°46'W6.00 Miles450 Yards00250K0Columbus
14.51963-09-29234°25'N / 79°22'W34°28'N / 79°06'W15.50 Miles100 Yards3122.5M0Dillon
15.01984-03-28234°09'N / 78°53'W34°15'N / 78°44'W9.00 Miles353 Yards002.5M0Columbus
15.71984-03-28234°03'N / 78°59'W34°09'N / 78°53'W7.00 Miles353 Yards08250K0Horry
16.31967-12-01234°08'N / 78°51'W34°10'N / 78°48'W3.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Columbus
16.71968-12-07234°05'N / 78°56'W0.30 Mile13 Yards0025K0Horry
16.82008-11-15234°24'N / 79°19'W34°24'N / 79°18'W1.00 Mile40 Yards00325K0KDillon
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service Storm Survey concluded a tornado first touched down approximately 200 yards south of Dogwood Lakes Road at 1250 AM EST. Large pine trees were snapped and a mobile home rolled about 20 yards before completely disintegrating. It is unknown how well the mobile home was attached to its foundation. A truck was flipped in a church parking lot on Goings Drive. No injuries were reported. The damage was indicative of winds of 110 to 120 mph, EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The path width was approximately 40 yards. The tornado touched down for a second time resulting in near total roof failure and some damage to the exterior walls of a brick home on Pee Dee Church Road near Andre Drive. No injuries were reported. Lesser tree damage and minor structural damage was noted from this point to the north-northeast for one half to three quarters of a mile as the tornado weakened and/or slightly lifted from the ground. Damage then became more significant as the tornado struck another brick home on the corner of Cornelius Place and Dillon Highway. Total roof failure and minor failure of exterior walls was evident. No injuries were reported. The damage was indicative of winds of 110 to 120 mph, EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The tornado then continued north-northeast through a large wooded area. Given the extent of tree damage, winds were estimated to 100 mph. The tornado then intensified as it hit a brick home on Appleton Court. Total roof damage and more significant failure of the external walls was evident. The three occupants were not injured. The damage was indicative of winds of 120 to 135 mph, the high end of EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The path width was about 30 yards. The tornado completely dissipated about 200 yards north of Appleton Court at 1253 AM EST. The Emergency Manager from Dillon County reported ten homes were damaged and two others were destroyed. Seven mobile homes were damaged and three others were destroyed. Three churches were damaged. Five barns were damaged and two others were destroyed. Three cars were damaged and three others were destroyed. The total damage was estimated at $325,000 dollars. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A mid-level short wave lifted to the northeast and slowly weakened with time. A warm front, lifting to the northwest, moved across the area during the evening. High wind shear and deep moisture was in place as upstream supercell thunderstorms reached the Interstate-95 corridor around midnight.
18.11979-03-23234°33'N / 79°03'W34°35'N / 78°53'W9.80 Miles100 Yards09250K0Robeson
18.51962-02-22234°11'N / 79°24'W34°12'N / 79°15'W8.70 Miles100 Yards0125K0Marion
18.71955-08-10234°22'N / 79°26'W34°20'N / 79°17'W8.80 Miles77 Yards003K0Dillon
19.41961-06-21234°11'N / 79°24'W34°14'N / 79°18'W6.80 Miles167 Yards01250K0Marion
20.11963-07-19234°36'N / 79°00'W0025K0Robeson
22.41965-10-07234°00'N / 79°12'W34°01'N / 79°09'W3.30 Miles80 Yards00250K0Horry
24.71980-05-20334°22'N / 79°33'W34°24'N / 79°22'W10.70 Miles517 Yards0262.5M0Dillon
26.31999-04-15234°41'N / 79°08'W34°41'N / 79°08'W0.30 Mile25 Yards14200K0Robeson
26.41976-05-15234°35'N / 79°17'W34°43'N / 79°13'W10.10 Miles33 Yards34250K0Robeson
26.72009-03-28234°32'N / 78°40'W34°33'N / 78°39'W2.00 Miles40 Yards00200K0KBladen
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service Storm Survey confirmed an EF-2 Tornado with winds up to 115 mph about 4 miles north of Clarkton, North Carolina. The tornado first touched down at a farm along N Mitchell Ford Road. It flipped a silo and damaged a storage building that collapsed onto farm equipment. As the tornado moved north-northeast, just west of N Mitchell Ford Road, it caused minor damage to a house and shed and downed four trees. The tornado emerged from the woods near a house causing minor roof damage, then intensified from an EF-0 Tornado to an EF-2 Tornado as it impacted a house along Twisted Hickory Road. The tornado completely destroyed a cinder-block storage and farm building and sent cinder-blocks into the nearby house, causing considerable damage to the walls and roof. The back of the house lifted off the foundation causing it to buckle. The roof over the porch was completely gone. Debris from this location, which included among many other items, a washing machine, lawn mower and couch was found four hundred yards away from the house. The family took shelter under a stairway and was not harmed. The tornado continued to impact properties on the east side of Twisted Hickory Road and caused minor roof damage to three other homes and knocked down a couple dozen trees. The tornado weakened as it moved north-northeast toward Britt Road, just east of the intersection of Britt Road and Twisted Hickory Road. The tornado lifted just north of Britt Road as it moved toward a swampy area. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A mesoscale convective vortex moved to the northeast and across the area during the evening. Deep moisture and higher dewpoints were aligned ahead of a pre-frontal trough and surface low pressure in eastern South Carolina.
26.71950-10-09334°10'N / 78°36'W2.00 Miles880 Yards03250K0Columbus
26.81985-06-02233°56'N / 79°02'W33°55'N / 78°57'W5.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Horry
27.01967-11-24333°56'N / 79°13'W33°57'N / 79°10'W3.30 Miles100 Yards0125K0Horry
27.41957-04-08434°41'N / 79°12'W0.80 Mile150 Yards021250K0Robeson
27.72009-04-06234°26'N / 78°35'W34°27'N / 78°34'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00300K0KBladen
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service Storm Survey concluded an EF-2 tornado with winds up to 115 mph occurred near Clarkton, North Carolina. The tornado initially touched down on Farmers Union Road about 0.3 miles south of Porterville School Road. Significant damage occurred to four homes in this area, including one which was pushed approximately 20 feet off its foundation. A storage trailer weighing more than 8500 pounds was blown approximately 40 feet and flipped upside down as it rotated 180 degrees. A full-size pickup truck was blown 15 feet across a yard and a 12 x 12 feet structure was completely destroyed. Damage in this area was rated as EF-2 with winds up to 115 mph. The width of the damage path in this area was approximately 100 yards. The tornado briefly weakened as it tracked to the northeast. Numerous 12-18 inch diameter treetops were snapped and a few trees up to 18 inches in diameter were uprooted as the tornado approached Chancey Road. Two homes on Chancey Road suffered EF-0 damage primarily to roofs and windows. The tornado continued to the northeast across mainly woods and farmland where spotty EF-0 damage was confined to trees. The tornado strengthened once again as it crossed Baer Mill Road and caused damage to two homes. The front porch of one home was destroyed and the roof covering material on the windward side of the structure was stripped. The wind penetrated the second story of the home and blew out two upstairs windows. Numerous large trees up to two feet in diameter were snapped off or uprooted. One wooden storage shed was completely destroyed. Damage in this area was rated as EF-2 with wind speeds estimated to 115 mph. The width of the damage path was approximately 60 yards at this location. The tornado weakened as it moved northeast from Baer Mill Drive. Spotty minor tree damage was observed between Baer Mill Drive and Susie Baldwin Road. There were injuries or fatalities. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong cold front moved across the area during the morning. Ahead of the front, moderate instability and favorable shear supported the development of severe weather including tornadoes.
31.31965-05-12233°50'N / 79°03'W33°54'N / 78°48'W15.00 Miles40 Yards0025K0Horry
31.41999-04-15234°43'N / 78°47'W34°43'N / 78°47'W0.10 Mile30 Yards05200K0Bladen
32.61955-12-04234°23'N / 79°36'W0.80 Mile100 Yards00250K0Marlboro
33.51957-04-08434°45'N / 79°18'W34°50'N / 78°56'W21.60 Miles50 Yards06250K0Robeson
34.01964-10-04234°18'N / 78°54'W34°40'N / 78°03'W54.60 Miles50 Yards00250K0Columbus
35.21984-03-28434°40'N / 79°30'W34°41'N / 79°26'W3.00 Miles2113 Yards002.5M0Scotland
35.61984-03-28434°40'N / 79°30'W34°45'N / 79°22'W8.00 Miles2640 Yards002.5M0Scotland
36.21990-07-01234°31'N / 78°27'W0.20 Mile30 Yards00250K0Bladen
36.61969-04-18334°40'N / 79°30'W34°58'N / 78°57'W37.40 Miles440 Yards00250K0Scotland
36.61984-03-28434°45'N / 79°22'W34°55'N / 78°55'W25.00 Miles2640 Yards22802.5M0Robeson
36.91981-05-27234°01'N / 79°37'W34°04'N / 79°34'W4.70 Miles100 Yards0625K0Florence
37.51984-03-28434°38'N / 79°36'W34°40'N / 79°30'W5.00 Miles2600 Yards211525.0M0Marlboro
38.31957-04-08434°44'N / 79°37'W34°45'N / 79°18'W18.00 Miles50 Yards08250K0Scotland
38.91984-03-28334°50'N / 78°52'W34°52'N / 78°48'W4.00 Miles1407 Yards0025.0M0Bladen
39.11965-08-17333°50'N / 78°40'W0.30 Mile50 Yards046250K0Horry
39.71976-10-09234°46'N / 79°26'W34°50'N / 79°22'W6.10 Miles20 Yards00250K0Scotland
39.82009-03-27234°52'N / 78°58'W34°54'N / 78°57'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0135K0KRobeson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service Storm Survey confirmed an EF-2 Tornado touched down about 3 miles east of Parkton, North Carolina. The tornado first touched down along W Parkton Tobermory Road, halfway between Highway 301 and Interstate 95, with no significant damage. The tornado tracked north-northeast and intensified to EF-2 with winds to 130 mph as it impacted structures along E Everette Road. One mobile home was completely destroyed and an adult female was thrown by the tornado. The woman suffered minor injuries. Also at this location, the tornado destroyed a two story home that was empty at the time. The tornado continued to track to the north-northeast and eventually lifted across a wooded area. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A stationary boundary was located from GSB to POB southward through the Piedmont of South Carolina at mid-afternoon. A short-wave across the Georgia-South Carolina border was lifting northward across the area during the afternoon. Instability was marginal. Winds were virtually unidirectional, but there was modest speed shear through the lowest 3 kft.
40.11979-09-04233°49'N / 78°40'W1.00 Mile97 Yards002.5M0Horry
41.31984-03-28434°39'N / 79°45'W34°40'N / 79°30'W14.00 Miles700 Yards710025.0M0Marlboro
41.52006-05-14234°12'N / 79°45'W34°13'N / 79°45'W0.60 Mile150 Yards001.3M0Florence
 Brief Description: A Storm Survey concluded a tornado moved through the Glendale community of Florence. The majority of damage was F1 with a path 1000 yards long and up to 150 yards wide. There was a small area (150 yards long 20 yards wide) of heavier F2 damage, with winds estimated at 120 mph. Sixty homes were damaged, six of which had major structural damage, largely due to snapped and uprooted trees. The Quinby area had penny to golfball size hail, with trees and power lines down. The Florence county tax assessor estimated the damage at 1.3 million dollars.
42.01957-04-08434°50'N / 78°56'W34°55'N / 78°35'W20.70 Miles150 Yards08250K0Cumberland
42.01953-01-08234°01'N / 79°46'W34°07'N / 79°39'W9.60 Miles150 Yards02250K0Florence
42.41963-09-29234°28'N / 79°06'W35°16'N / 78°20'W70.30 Miles100 Yards00250K0Robeson
42.61986-05-19234°52'N / 79°13'W34°59'N / 79°00'W13.00 Miles100 Yards05250K0Hoke
43.12001-07-06233°42'N / 78°53'W33°42'N / 78°53'W4.00 Miles150 Yards0398.0M0Horry
 Brief Description: As a weak cold front moved south into an afternoon sea breeze boundary, slow-moving thunderstorms developed along the Horry county coast. An F0 tornado briefly touched down at 9th Ave N near the Myrtle Beach Pavilion, and soon after a waterspout formed just off the beach near 3rd Ave N. It slightly damaged the 2nd Ave N pier and then moved over the beach as it developed more strongly, causing F2 damage - overturned buses and extensive damage to vehicles and hotels along the beach to about 4nd Ave S. Moving off the beach again, the waterspout continued south about 100 yards from the shore until it came ashore between 28th Ave S and Springmaid Pier...causing a 66 knot gust over water at the Springmaid Pier anemometer. As it moved through the Seagate RV park, it did F1 damage - destroyed 10 RVs and damaged 40 more. Weakening further, the tornado crossed US Hwy Business 17 onto Myrtle Beach International Airport, doing F0 damage to trees and structures.
43.11984-03-28434°55'N / 78°55'W34°56'N / 78°53'W2.00 Miles2640 Yards002.5M0Cumberland
44.21964-08-29334°48'N / 79°26'W34°52'N / 79°32'W7.30 Miles50 Yards015250K0Scotland
45.51964-07-03234°03'N / 79°46'W2.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Richland
45.71967-03-12234°01'N / 79°45'W1.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Florence
45.91984-03-28334°52'N / 78°48'W34°58'N / 78°36'W11.00 Miles1407 Yards21125.0M0Cumberland
46.22006-11-16334°20'N / 78°14'W34°21'N / 78°13'W2.00 Miles300 Yards820500K0KColumbus
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Tornado touched down among manufactured homes just north of Old Lake Road and tracked across an area of more substantial homes and businesses along NC Highway 87. There were 13 homes (mobile and brick) destroyed and more than two dozen damaged. Damage was rated as F3 due to construction of structures that were damaged and destroyed - if structures were better constructed the damage may have been rated higher. The wind speed was estimated to be around 200 mph. As the tornado tracked north of NC Highway 87 toward the county line, the tree damage was rated as F1. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A fast moving tornadic thunderstorm moved ashore on the coast of Brunswick County. There was no damage found until the storm moved across extreme eastern Columbus County and then extreme western Pender County. The tornado produced F3 damage through Riegelwood and diminished to F1 intensity as it crossed a wooded area to the Cape Fear River and into Pender County. This was the second deadliest tornado to hit North Carolina in the last 50 years.
47.11981-02-11234°59'N / 79°05'W35°00'N / 79°04'W1.90 Miles847 Yards10250K0Hoke
47.31969-04-18334°25'N / 80°08'W34°40'N / 79°30'W39.90 Miles100 Yards03250K0Darlington
47.51964-08-29234°18'N / 79°52'W0.10 Mile13 Yards013K0Darlington
48.02010-04-25234°16'N / 79°54'W34°17'N / 79°51'W3.00 Miles75 Yards006.3M0KDarlington
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service Storm Survey Team confirmed an EF2 tornado with winds estimated to 115 mph. The tornado first touched down near Syracuse Street and Rogers Road. An unanchored double-wide mobile home was rolled off its foundation and onto its side. Several trees along Syracuse Street were uprooted or snapped or had large branches broken off. Several homes suffered minor to moderate shingle damage, largely as a result of fallen trees or branches. The damage was rated EF1 with winds to 90 mph. After briefly lifting, the tornado touched down as it approached Highway 401 and caused major damage to a large steel building. Two bay doors were blown in and a large portion of the roof was lifted and blown off. Sheet metal from the roof was strewn for about 200 yards. A small wooden garage and building were destroyed before the tornado lifted near Highway 401. The damage was rated EF1 with winds to 100 mph. The tornado touched down one last time between Lightly Street and Southern Pine Street. Numerous hardwood trees were uprooted or snapped. A few of these trees, with diameters up to 24 inches, were snapped a few feet from the ground. There was significant damage to some residential homes, primarily the result of falling trees or branches. The tornado continued across Highway 52 business where several businesses and structures sustained minor to moderate damage. A set of car wash bays were blown over and a church lost many shingles and a small portion of its roof. The tornado then continued east of Highway 52 business through a residential neighborhood. Several large trees up to 20 inches in diameter were uprooted. A large section of roof was blown off a home. Cain Elementary School suffered significant damage. Many awnings at the school were damaged or destroyed and one building lost half its roof. Shortly after causing the roof damage to Cain Elementary, the tornado caused more tree damage as it lifted through the treetops. As these trees or their branches fell, several residences sustained minor to moderate damage to include some roof shingle damage. The damage was rated EF2 with winds to 115 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A thunderstorm developed along a surface boundary during the evening. The thunderstorm developed supercell characteristics soon after moving into Darlington County and spawned several tornadoes over its lifetime.
48.71986-05-19234°59'N / 79°00'W35°03'N / 79°02'W6.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Cumberland
49.21967-03-12234°02'N / 79°56'W34°08'N / 79°46'W11.70 Miles100 Yards0025K0Florence
49.71957-04-08434°44'N / 79°52'W34°44'N / 79°37'W14.20 Miles133 Yards00250K0Marlboro
50.01981-02-11235°00'N / 79°04'W35°04'N / 78°54'W10.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Cumberland


* 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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