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Gatlinburg, TN Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

 
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The chance of earthquake damage in Gatlinburg is higher than Tennessee average and is lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Gatlinburg is much lower than Tennessee average and is much lower than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #53

Gatlinburg, TN
1.28
Tennessee
0.56
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

Gatlinburg, TN
0.0000
Tennessee
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, #606

Gatlinburg, TN
34.50
Tennessee
175.35
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 3,604 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Gatlinburg, TN were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:7Dense Fog:3Drought:36
Dust Storm:0Flood:257Hail:748Heat:2Heavy Snow:36
High Surf:0Hurricane:6Ice Storm:19Landslide:0Strong Wind:42
Thunderstorm Winds:2,182Tropical Storm:1Wildfire:1Winter Storm:57Winter Weather:35
Other:172 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Gatlinburg, TN.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 4 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Gatlinburg, TN.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
26.61973-11-304.7335.8-83.96
31.21984-02-143.61036.13-83.74
28.41969-07-133.5N/A36.1-83.7
42.51982-09-243.5835.68-84.25

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 13 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Gatlinburg, TN.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
22.01976-02-18235°57'N / 83°13'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0102.5M0Cocke
24.01974-04-03235°47'N / 83°55'W0.50 Mile50 Yards02250K0Blount
27.81974-04-03235°20'N / 83°49'W35°23'N / 83°35'W13.60 Miles33 Yards003K0Swain
31.21963-03-11236°00'N / 83°07'W36°02'N / 83°01'W6.20 Miles200 Yards11250K0Cocke
33.21965-04-15235°52'N / 84°05'W35°57'N / 84°00'W7.40 Miles200 Yards062.5M0Knox
33.61976-06-28235°19'N / 83°10'W0.20 Mile10 Yards00250K0Jackson
36.72010-04-25235°37'N / 84°08'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0020K0KBlount
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The NWS storm survey determined a tornado tracked from Loudon County for one-half of a mile along Thompson Bridge road. It was classified as an EF2 tornado with winds estimated at 110 mph with a path width of 100 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system along with an associated cold front tracked across the area triggering thunderstorms during the evening and overnight hours. A tornado touched down in eastern Monroe County, then tracked across southern Loudon County and finally dissipated in western Blount County. Another weak tornado touched down briefly in Polk County.
37.21974-04-03235°16'N / 83°59'W35°20'N / 83°49'W10.50 Miles33 Yards211250K0Graham
37.51974-04-03235°40'N / 84°10'W35°40'N / 84°09'W02250K0Loudon
38.51953-05-02236°02'N / 84°04'W0.80 Mile100 Yards003K0Anderson
41.41993-02-21336°01'N / 84°15'W36°06'N / 83°58'W10.00 Miles150 Yards035.0M0Knox
 Brief Description: The tornado started near Oak Ridge, moved through the Bull Run Steam Plant and went through the town of Claxton. Fifty homes were damaged and six mobile homes were destroyed. Two business were destroyed and another 10 were damaged including a weapons plant. Twelve electric transmission towers were knocked down.
48.01984-05-07235°44'N / 84°21'W1.00 Mile70 Yards00250K0Loudon
48.92002-11-10236°12'N / 84°12'W36°12'N / 84°05'W5.50 Miles75 Yards00213K0Anderson
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado produced a damage path 75 yards wide for a distance of 5.5 miles from near Briceville to Medford. The Medford community received the brunt of the damage, which was concentrated along Highway 25W, Leinart Road, Bryant Circle and Old and New Clear Branch roads. In all, 32 homes were damaged while 3 were totally destroyed. In addition, 9 mobile homes were damaged.


* 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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