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The chance of earthquake damage in Gem Lake is about the same as Minnesota average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Gem Lake is higher than Minnesota average and is higher than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #530

Gem Lake, MN
0.00
Minnesota
0.01
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

Gem Lake, MN
0.0000
Minnesota
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, #113

Gem Lake, MN
202.23
Minnesota
135.90
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 3,893 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Gem Lake, MN were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:31Cold:30Dense Fog:2Drought:3
Dust Storm:0Flood:157Hail:1,672Heat:8Heavy Snow:38
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:4Landslide:0Strong Wind:36
Thunderstorm Winds:1,647Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:89Winter Weather:1
Other:175 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Gem Lake, MN.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Gem Lake, MN.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Gem Lake, MN.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 67 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Gem Lake, MN.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.01952-06-24245°07'N / 93°05'W45°12'N / 93°04'W5.10 Miles267 Yards092.5M0Anoka
7.32008-05-25345°10'N / 93°03'W45°10'N / 93°01'W2.00 Miles220 Yards00300K0KAnoka
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down on the eastern side of Lino Lakes, at the eastern shore of Peltier Lake. The tornado felled trees and lifted boat docks, then tracked east and crossed Interstate 35E. As this occurred, a few barns, grain bins, and silos were damaged. The tornado then intensified as it moved into northwestern Washington County and a subdivision (Creekview Preserve), about two miles north of downtown Hugo. It was at this point (around 16:01), that the twister caused EF-3 damage. The tornado dissipated in the eastern portion of Hugo, just north of Irish Avenue and 140th Street. Seven hundred and ninety four homes, including mobile homes, were affected by the storm in some way. A total of 91 homes sustained minor structural damage, numerous broken windows, and damage to small sections of roof. Twenty seven homes were destroyed, totally collapsed, or not economically feasible to repair. A two year old boy in Washington County (see corresponding entry) died after being blown out of the first floor of his home in Creekview Preserve. A 62 year old woman in Washington County died an indirect death due to a heart attack during cleanup in Hugo a few days later. Some important information provided by the Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, and other local newspapers. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front was the catalyst for numerous reports of severe weather on this date.
7.51965-05-06445°08'N / 93°10'W45°10'N / 93°05'W3.80 Miles667 Yards0025.0M0Anoka
8.12008-05-25345°10'N / 93°01'W45°10'N / 92°55'W4.00 Miles220 Yards11725.0M0KWashington
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down on the eastern side of Lino Lakes, at the eastern shore of Peltier Lake. The tornado felled trees and lifted boat docks, then tracked east and crossed Interstate 35E. As this occurred, a few barns, grain bins, and silos were damaged. The tornado then intensified as it moved into northwestern Washington County and a subdivision (Creekview Preserve), about two miles north of downtown Hugo. It was at this point (around 16:01), that the twister caused EF-3 damage. The tornado dissipated in the eastern portion of Hugo, just north of Irish Avenue and 140th Street. Seven hundred and ninety four homes, including mobile homes, were affected by the storm in some way. A total of 91 homes sustained minor structural damage, numerous broken windows, and damage to small sections of roof. Twenty seven homes were destroyed, totally collapsed, or not economically feasible to repair. A two year old boy died after being blown out of the first floor of his home in Creekview Preserve. A 62 year old woman died an indirect death when she suffered a heart attack during cleanup in Hugo a few days later. Some important information provided by the Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, and other local newspapers. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front was the catalyst for numerous reports of severe weather on this date.
8.31984-04-26345°02'N / 93°13'W45°06'N / 93°12'W4.50 Miles600 Yards0025.0M0Ramsey
8.81958-05-24345°09'N / 92°57'W44°58'N / 92°46'W15.10 Miles50 Yards06250K0Washington
8.81981-06-14344°53'N / 93°10'W45°00'N / 93°02'W10.00 Miles600 Yards16025.0M0Ramsey
9.41965-05-06445°03'N / 93°17'W45°08'N / 93°10'W7.60 Miles667 Yards010825.0M0Ramsey
9.51984-04-26345°01'N / 93°14'W45°02'N / 93°13'W1.00 Mile60 Yards15225.0M0Hennepin
10.81965-05-06445°02'N / 93°17'W45°08'N / 93°14'W6.80 Miles1000 Yards317525.0M0Anoka
12.91986-07-18245°00'N / 93°17'W45°10'N / 93°19'W2.00 Miles833 Yards002.5M0Hennepin
13.62005-09-21245°10'N / 93°19'W45°11'N / 93°13'W2.00 Miles50 Yards015.0M0Anoka
 Brief Description: A damage survey determined that the tornado touched down in the east central portion of Coon Rapids, only a few blocks west of the border with Blaine. It traveled east-southeast causing mostly F0 to F1 damage at first, but strengthened to F2 status near the intersection of Jefferson Street and 104th Court. The tornado dissipated only 1/4 mile west of the National Sports Center complex. Ten homes were rendered uninhabitable, and thirty others were damaged to a lesser extent. A woman suffered minor injuries when she was blown from the upper story of her home into a tree.
14.41986-07-18245°10'N / 93°19'W45°09'N / 93°17'W2.00 Miles833 Yards002.5M0Anoka
14.71965-05-06444°59'N / 93°23'W45°03'N / 93°17'W5.90 Miles667 Yards65025.0M0Hennepin
15.61965-07-12245°17'N / 92°59'W0.30 Mile33 Yards0025K0Washington
16.41958-10-09245°01'N / 92°44'W45°01'N / 92°41'W0025K0St. Croix
16.41954-06-25244°50'N / 92°55'W44°52'N / 92°51'W2.70 Miles1760 Yards0025K0Washington
17.01981-06-14344°49'N / 93°16'W44°53'N / 93°10'W6.20 Miles600 Yards02325.0M0Hennepin
17.31983-07-03445°13'N / 93°19'W1.00 Mile67 Yards0425K0Anoka
18.71987-07-23345°09'N / 93°29'W45°07'N / 93°20'W5.00 Miles170 Yards0025.0M0Hennepin
19.01951-06-19445°12'N / 93°23'W45°13'N / 93°21'W192.5M0Anoka
19.91951-07-20344°56'N / 93°30'W44°53'N / 93°16'W11.60 Miles33 Yards54025.0M0Hennepin
19.91966-07-05245°09'N / 93°29'W45°04'N / 93°24'W6.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Hennepin
21.71979-05-22244°49'N / 93°19'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Hennepin
21.71958-05-24344°58'N / 92°46'W44°51'N / 92°32'W13.70 Miles50 Yards06250K0St. Croix
23.31967-06-12245°18'N / 92°42'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0025K0Polk
24.01953-05-10244°50'N / 92°40'W44°51'N / 92°39'W002.5M0Pierce
24.61954-08-15245°07'N / 92°35'W45°08'N / 92°30'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0St. Croix
25.51953-05-10244°51'N / 92°39'W45°13'N / 92°23'W28.30 Miles100 Yards192.5M0St. Croix
26.51952-06-23244°50'N / 93°30'W44°51'N / 93°28'W052.5M0Hennepin
26.61965-05-06444°51'N / 93°32'W44°57'N / 93°32'W6.90 Miles200 Yards0025.0M0Carver
28.32006-09-16245°12'N / 93°38'W45°14'N / 93°31'W7.00 Miles100 Yards1030.0M0Hennepin
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down on the western edge of Sylvan Lake and moved quickly northeast. It produced F0 damage to some farms and rural residences in Hassan Township before strengthening and entering the northwest corner of Rogers. It gained F2 status briefly as it moved through a residential neighborhood in Rogers, where it took the life of a 10 year old girl in a home. A home weather station 2/3 mile southeast of the tornado at this point measured 65 mph inflow winds. The tornado crossed Interstate 94 and entered another neighborhood, where F1 damage was produced. One house with significant damage had a home weather station in the back yard. Once the data were retrieved, its peak gust was found to have reached 105 mph. The tornado then moved into the northern tip of Dayton, alternating between F0 and F1 damage, then exited Hennepin County, crossed the Mississippi River and entered the city of Ramsey in Anoka County (see separate entry). The maximum width in Hennepin County was 100 yards, although its maximum width in Anoka County was only 25 yards. F10PH
31.31952-06-24244°20'N / 93°51'W45°07'N / 93°05'W65.80 Miles267 Yards062.5M0Le Sueur
35.11965-05-06444°54'N / 93°44'W44°58'N / 93°44'W4.60 Miles300 Yards08825.0M0Hennepin
35.92010-07-14244°46'N / 92°34'W44°48'N / 92°16'W15.00 Miles100 Yards000K0KPierce
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Several barns and sheds were destroyed, and structural damage was noted at some homes. Many trees were broken or snapped. This tornado was accompanied by strong rear flank downdraft winds, which also knocked down trees and damaged some sheds. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The morning of Wednesday July 14th had a complex of severe thunderstorms moving across eastern North Dakota, into portions of west-central and central Minnesota. This complex moved eastward during the morning, and intensified across portions of east-central Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Several waves of severe thunderstorms developed across west-central Wisconsin and began to reform westward into Minnesota by the early afternoon. These severe storms that reformed in east-central Minnesota, quickly moved into west-central Wisconsin by the mid afternoon and caused tornadoes and damaging straight-line winds. In addition to the winds and hail, several inches of rainfall caused flooding in Polk, Barron, St Croix and Rusk Counties.
36.41998-03-29244°33'N / 93°15'W44°33'N / 93°11'W3.00 Miles440 Yards0000Dakota
36.51968-05-15244°29'N / 93°12'W44°35'N / 92°55'W15.40 Miles333 Yards01250K0Dakota
36.71977-05-21244°34'N / 93°37'W44°48'N / 93°31'W16.60 Miles33 Yards00250K0Scott
37.31979-10-03244°43'N / 92°27'W2.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Pierce
37.61965-05-06444°47'N / 93°45'W44°54'N / 93°44'W7.70 Miles300 Yards38725.0M0Carver
38.22001-05-09244°30'N / 93°02'W44°31'N / 92°59'W4.00 Miles50 Yards004.0M0Goodhue
 Brief Description: The Northfield tornado (which originated in Rice County) dissipated on the south side of Lake Byllesby, but not before destroying several sheds and causing minor damage to 12 homes.
38.41987-07-27344°34'N / 92°43'W44°28'N / 93°02'W20.00 Miles220 Yards002.5M0Goodhue
39.11966-07-10245°20'N / 92°20'W2.00 Miles33 Yards02250K0Polk
39.92001-05-09244°28'N / 93°05'W44°30'N / 93°02'W3.00 Miles50 Yards007.0M0Dakota
 Brief Description: The Northfield tornado (which originated in Rice County) crossed Highway 19 into extreme southeastern Dakota County, then went into Goodhue County. Five homes sustained major damage, including one with its roof completely removed. 12 other homes received minor damage. Several motorists barely made it into nearby homes before the tornado struck.
40.31958-06-04544°54'N / 92°20'W44°55'N / 92°09'W8.60 Miles880 Yards12025.0M0St. Croix
40.61952-06-23345°25'N / 92°38'W45°35'N / 92°20'W18.20 Miles100 Yards262.5M0Polk
40.81951-06-19444°53'N / 94°22'W45°12'N / 93°23'W52.60 Miles330 Yards0112.5M0Mcleod
40.92010-07-14244°45'N / 92°21'W44°49'N / 92°15'W6.00 Miles30 Yards000K0KPierce
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Several sheds and outbuildings were destroyed, as were a couple of barns. Hundreds of trees were snapped. The tornado was accompanied by strong rear flank downdraft winds that also knocked down numerous trees. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The morning of Wednesday July 14th had a complex of severe thunderstorms moving across eastern North Dakota, into portions of west-central and central Minnesota. This complex moved eastward during the morning, and intensified across portions of east-central Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Several waves of severe thunderstorms developed across west-central Wisconsin and began to reform westward into Minnesota by the early afternoon. These severe storms that reformed in east-central Minnesota, quickly moved into west-central Wisconsin by the mid afternoon and caused tornadoes and damaging straight-line winds. In addition to the winds and hail, several inches of rainfall caused flooding in Polk, Barron, St Croix and Rusk Counties.
40.91997-07-01245°16'N / 93°49'W45°18'N / 93°49'W2.00 Miles400 Yards0000Wright
41.01967-07-22244°49'N / 92°23'W44°46'N / 92°12'W9.20 Miles200 Yards03250K0Pierce
41.21981-06-14244°51'N / 92°15'W0.50 Mile33 Yards00250K0Pierce
41.32001-05-09244°28'N / 93°10'W44°28'N / 93°05'W5.00 Miles50 Yards019.0M0Rice
 Brief Description: NWS damage survey rated the tornado an F2. Tornado touched down briefly in downtown Northfield, flipping over a semi trailer truck and lifting the roof off of one business. Three-fourths mile later, it touched down again on the east side of Northfield, and then remained on the ground for 11 miles. After being in Rice County for 5 miles, it crossed Highway 19 into Dakota County and then dissipated in Goodhue County 4 miles west of Cannon Falls, for a total of 12 miles. Numerous rear flank downdraft gusts estimated at 90 mph caused damage alongside the southern periphery of tornado track. One man sustained minor injuries when he was blown from a tractor, but did not require hospitalization. A total of 8 homes received major damage, 22 more had minor damage, and a turkey processing plant was destroyed.
41.41968-05-15244°28'N / 93°14'W44°29'N / 93°12'W02250K0Rice
41.51957-05-21445°35'N / 92°52'W45°43'N / 92°52'W9.20 Miles100 Yards0225K0Chisago
41.61981-06-13245°35'N / 93°28'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Isanti
41.81977-07-30345°10'N / 92°13'W45°13'N / 92°11'W2.70 Miles200 Yards002.5M0St. Croix
42.51987-07-27344°28'N / 93°02'W44°26'N / 93°16'W10.00 Miles220 Yards002.5M0Rice
42.91980-07-15245°05'N / 92°10'W45°05'N / 92°09'W002.5M0St. Croix
43.71997-07-01245°18'N / 93°56'W45°17'N / 93°49'W5.00 Miles550 Yards0000Wright
 Brief Description: Two tornadoes converged on the Prairie Acres housing development 1 south of Monticello at about the same time. Extensive damage in area.
43.71980-07-15245°05'N / 92°09'W45°05'N / 92°08'W1122.5M0Dunn
43.91977-07-30345°13'N / 92°11'W45°14'N / 92°09'W002.5M0Polk
44.01958-05-24344°51'N / 92°32'W44°37'N / 92°00'W30.60 Miles50 Yards00250K0Pierce
44.41998-03-29244°28'N / 93°26'W44°28'N / 93°20'W5.00 Miles440 Yards0020.0M0Rice
 Brief Description: Four homes and 6 businesses severely damaged. Street department building damaged. 20 farms damaged or destroyed.
45.11953-05-10245°13'N / 92°23'W45°39'N / 92°10'W31.60 Miles100 Yards292.5M0Polk
46.01977-05-21244°31'N / 93°38'W44°34'N / 93°37'W2.70 Miles100 Yards00250K0Le Sueur
46.51965-05-06244°43'N / 93°56'W44°50'N / 93°52'W8.20 Miles667 Yards010025.0M0Carver
49.32010-06-17245°43'N / 92°52'W45°48'N / 92°46'W7.00 Miles400 Yards02283K0KPine
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The severe storm that produced the tornado tracked northeast along the Saint Croix River Valley on the Minnesota-Wisconsin state border. Although the tornado crossed through mostly recreational land, residents between Rush City and Rock Creek in MN, as well as Grantsburg to Yellow Lake in WI were impacted. The maximum path width was a quarter mile, or 400 yards, with an average path width of 400 to 600 ft. The tornado exited Pine County at around 1955 CST, continuing on in Burnett County, WI, where it lifted at 2001 CST, about 3.5 miles northwest of Grantsburg, WI. The total path length was about 6.5 miles. The worst of the damage occurred in far southeast Pine County and was evidence of a strong EF2 tornado with estimated winds of 110-135 mph. This rating was based on the total destruction of a strapped down mobile home and the extensive uprooting/snapping of trees where the tornado crossed Minnesota State Highway 70. Two people in a mobile home were injured. Multiple homes sustained significant damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A significant, widespread severe weather outbreak occurred across a large portion of central and east central Minnesota. A powerful mid summer storm system over the western Dakotas, combined with warm moist air surging northward from the Gulf of Mexico, provided the ingredients for tornadoes, destructive winds, and large hail across parts of the Northland. In addition, several storms in the Cass Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish area of north central Minnesota produced a large amount of one to two inch diameter hail, which is about quarter to slightly larger than golf ball size.


* 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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