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

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

Earthquake Index, #962

Hilltop, TX

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

Hilltop, TX

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, #1841

Hilltop, TX

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 1,028 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Hilltop, TX were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:2Cold:1Dense Fog:0Drought:28
Dust Storm:0Flood:316Hail:366Heat:0Heavy Snow:21
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:5Landslide:0Strong Wind:39
Thunderstorm Winds:230Tropical Storm:1Wildfire:4Winter Storm:6Winter Weather:2

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Hilltop, TX.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Hilltop, TX.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 15 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Hilltop, TX.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
4.91968-11-26228°38'N / 99°13'W28°48'N / 98°59'W18.20 Miles50 Yards000K0Frio
7.01970-08-03228°44'N / 99°17'W0025K0Frio
7.61970-08-03228°35'N / 99°11'W003K0Frio
12.91973-04-15428°50'N / 99°13'W28°49'N / 98°50'W23.30 Miles440 Yards5120K0Frio
26.01975-04-29329°04'N / 99°11'W29°04'N / 99°03'W8.30 Miles500 Yards350K0Medina
29.82002-04-07229°07'N / 99°10'W29°08'N / 99°11'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00200K0Medina
 Brief Description: As a new supercell formed in southern Medina County and tracked eastward, it spawned an F2 tornado just west of the small community of Yancey. This was very close to the the site where a devastating F3 killer tornado had struck almost exactly 27 years earlier. This tornado touched down along County Road 731, destroying two homes. It moved toward the northeast for one mile, damaging two other homes and a mobile home while rolling over a car and knocking down several large trees.
34.21966-05-23228°42'N / 99°50'W28°51'N / 99°38'W16.00 Miles133 Yards000K0Zavala
38.81956-10-18228°41'N / 99°49'W1.00 Mile27 Yards003K0Zavala
44.31971-02-25228°32'N / 99°53'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Dimmit
45.21959-05-02229°10'N / 99°39'W29°14'N / 99°39'W4.60 Miles1200 Yards00250K0Bexar
45.92001-10-12229°22'N / 99°10'W29°21'N / 99°09'W1.20 Miles500 Yards02520.0M50KMedina
 Brief Description: The tornado was spotted as it touched down near 940 pm CST just northwest of the Hondo airport. It grew to nearly 500 yards in width and moved toward the southeast for 1.2 miles across the airport and over the National Guard Armory before dissipating near the center of town. Although much of the damage was F0 and F1 on the Fujita Scale, the tornado was rated F2 because of the level of damage from the airport to the armory. During this time it destroyed a large hangar, partially destroyed the roof and walls of the concrete Armory and moved numerous mobile homes off their pads. One mobile home clearly showed the nature of damage from a tornado. The center of the mobile home was completely destroyed, along with a tree in front of it, while much less damage was indicted on both ends of the mobile home as well as vegetation near the ends. The storm also knocked out power to much of the area, and this, along with the darkness in the late night hour, made spotting very difficult. It is possible that additional small tornadoes might have accompanied the storm, but the combination of damage from the large tornado and the downburst winds, along with the darkness of the late night hour made it impossible to tell. Almost 150 homes in Hondo and almost 50 more outside the city were damaged, with nearly 100 mobile homes damaged. At least 10 houses and 30 mobile homes were destroyed. Losses to homes and mobile homes were estimated at 1.5 million dollars. In addition, nearly two dozen aircraft, including one corporate jet and 14 crop dusters, were damaged and destroyed at the Hondo Airport. Some were in collapsed hangars while others were lifted, tossed and set down across the Airport area. Commercial losses placed at 18 million dollars. At least 25 persons were injured.
46.51955-06-05228°02'N / 99°21'W28°02'N / 99°18'W3.60 Miles33 Yards00250K0La Salle
48.02006-03-19229°13'N / 99°43'W29°13'N / 99°41'W2.00 Miles50 Yards001.5M0Uvalde
 Brief Description: The most severe level of damage was located approximately 5 miles to the east of the Uvalde airport along Agape Road. This was due to a combination of both severe thunderstorm winds and a strong tornado. The wind damage, which had ended just south of Uvalde, once again was observed beginning just west of the Agape area by the team. The damage continued toward the east nearly one quarter mile to the Agape compound. Roof damage was noted at the first buildings, along with widespread damage to trees. Continuing to the east, the team found a mobile home that had been completely destroyed with the debris deposited about 30 yards to the south. This was the first time damage had been thrown in any direction except to the east and is believed to be just east of the starting point of the tornado. About 50 yards further to the east, an asphalt road was observed to have chunks of the topping removed and tossed toward the southeast. Very nearby, a large three-story concrete and steel-beam gymnasium valued at one million dollars had been gutted by the storm. The windward, west side was not blown inward as would have occurred with severe thunderstorm winds. Instead, it was pulled outward. A 40-foot steel beam had been bolted in a dozen different places to the building. The beam was pulled from the building and thrown back 15 feet to the northwest. Although many of the supporting steel beams held, several were pulled away and tossed. Concrete blocks, filled solid with concrete in their construction, had been ripped out of the building and lay tossed and strewn over the area. Much of the wall structure was destroyed. Pieces of sheet metal were strewn to the east and southeast for nearly one half mile. Additional damage to vegetation stretched for another 2 miles east of the gymnasium. Some of this damage was clearly due to severe thunderstorm winds and some of the damage was due to the tornado. Based on the level of damage of the mobile home and the gymnasium, the tornado was rated F2. The path width was estimated at 50 yards and the path length was estimated at 2 miles. From the reports available, it is thought the tornado developed about 1020 pm CST and dissipated around 1025 pm CST. It is the strongest tornado in South Central Texas since the evening of October 12, 2001, when an F3 tornado struck Stonewall, and an F2 tornado struck Hondo.
48.11959-05-01229°19'N / 99°28'W29°23'N / 99°25'W5.70 Miles33 Yards000K0Uvalde
48.72002-03-19229°15'N / 98°41'W29°16'N / 98°42'W1.50 Miles50 Yards0302.0M0Bexar
 Brief Description: Tornado number five, strongest of the six and rated as a minimal F2 tornado on the Fujita Scale, formed about 3.5 miles southwest of the intersection of Loop 1604 and I35. It struck near 720 pm along near Silver Street and Bravo Street and moved toward the north for 1.5 miles. It apparently weakened periodically, producing a hit-and-miss damage path. It completely destroyed four mobile homes and damaged several others.

* 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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