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Huron Micro Area Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes


The chance of earthquake damage in Huron Area is about the same as South Dakota average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Huron Area is about the same as South Dakota average and is lower than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #409

Huron Area
South Dakota

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, #129

Huron Area
South Dakota

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, #572

Huron Area
South Dakota

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 8,578 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Huron Area were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:70Cold:14Dense Fog:2Drought:10
Dust Storm:0Flood:495Hail:4,662Heat:5Heavy Snow:55
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:7Landslide:0Strong Wind:85
Thunderstorm Winds:2,888Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:11Winter Storm:78Winter Weather:51

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Huron Area.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Huron Area.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 41 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Huron Area.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
10.32006-08-24344°25'N / 98°41'W44°19'N / 98°16'W19.50 Miles500 Yards0215.0M0Beadle
 Brief Description: A tornado, entering Beadle County from Hand County to the west, destroyed 8 houses, damaged at least 7 other houses, and destroyed or damaged numerous farm buildings. One of the destroyed houses and several destroyed small buildings were on a farmstead 2 miles south of Wessington, and five large high voltage transmission towers were blown down about 3 miles southeast of Wessington. A woman was cut on the neck at one farm southwest of Wolsey where the house and all other buildings were destroyed; the injury was not life threatening. The tornado tossed a car and 2 pickups up to 50 feet at the same farm. Another non life threatening injury occurred southeast of Wolsey, again on a farm where the house and all buildings were destroyed. Several vehicles were destroyed or damaged. The tornado killed 10 head of cattle at one farmstead just south of Wolsey. The tornado snapped off numerous power poles, caused widespread tree damage, and severely damaged a bridge where it crossed U.S. Highway 14. The tornado also caused crop damage, but the amount of crop damage was not known. The tornado dissipated one and a half miles southwest of Huron.
12.32006-08-24244°19'N / 98°10'W44°15'N / 98°04'W7.00 Miles300 Yards002.0M0Beadle
 Brief Description: A tornado severely damaged 3 houses and destroyed or damaged a barn and several smaller buildings on farmsteads. The tornado knocked down power poles, with a transformer on one of the poles starting a brief fire. A tree shelter belt and crops were damaged. The amount of crop damage was not known.
13.22003-06-24344°22'N / 98°02'W44°24'N / 98°00'W3.50 Miles300 Yards001.5M0Beadle
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed farm buildings and numerous trees, resulting in F3 damage southwest of Cavour. Homes and businesses within the town of Cavour were severely damaged (F2). Winds of 120 mph were measured by an anemometer on top of a grain elevator in Cavour.
18.81962-07-07244°24'N / 97°54'W0.20 Mile33 Yards003K0Beadle
18.92003-06-24244°26'N / 97°54'W44°29'N / 97°54'W2.00 Miles150 Yards0000Beadle
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed or heavily damaged farm structures.
20.71972-07-19244°22'N / 97°52'W0.30 Mile150 Yards0025K0Beadle
21.71959-06-23244°27'N / 98°43'W0025K0Hand
22.42006-08-24244°26'N / 98°47'W44°25'N / 98°41'W5.00 Miles300 Yards0000Hand
 Brief Description: A supercell thunderstorm tracking southeast produced a fifth tornado in Hand county. The tornado touched downed south of Vayland and tracked southeast and into Beadle county. See storm data for southeast South Dakota. The tornado formed in a heavily wooded area tracking along a county road producing F1 damage to several farmsteads. A mobile home was flipped and destroyed. A grain storage building was flipped onto a car. Several homes had significant roof and window damage. Numerous trees were snapped. As the tornado crossed into Beadle county it was producing F2 damage.
22.61965-05-20244°27'N / 97°54'W44°35'N / 97°47'W10.40 Miles150 Yards003K0Beadle
24.71973-04-19244°00'N / 97°54'W44°12'N / 98°12'W20.10 Miles200 Yards0225K0Sanborn
25.42003-06-24344°01'N / 98°19'W44°05'N / 98°16'W5.00 Miles500 Yards00500K0Sanborn
 Brief Description: A tornado, crossing into Sanborn County from Jerauld County, destroyed or severely damaged several buildings on two farms. The tornado lifted the roof off a house. Another farmhouse had windows blown out, and shingles and aluminum siding torn off. Destroyed buildings included a barn, garage, outbuildings, and other small structures. Vehicles inside the destroyed garage were damaged. The tornado also caused tree, power line, and crop damage.
25.41962-05-14344°30'N / 98°14'W43°38'N / 98°01'W60.70 Miles1760 Yards020K0Davison
26.71959-05-25244°15'N / 98°46'W003K0Hand
27.02003-06-24444°17'N / 97°46'W44°25'N / 97°43'W10.00 Miles1000 Yards043.0M0Kingsbury
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed or heavily damaged all buildings, other structures, and vehicles in the small town of Manchester. Propane and fuel oil tanks were destroyed. Many homes were stripped to the foundation. Of the six residents of the town, four were injured and were transported to hospitals. Three were deemed to be seriously injured, but non of the injuries were life threatening. One of the injured was in a basement, one was blown out of the home on the way to the same basement, and two were in a mobile home which was destroyed. The tornado damaged crops, trees, and power lines south of Manchester prior to reaching the town. The tornado also heavily damaged several farms north of Manchester, including two farms on which several buildings including the homes were destroyed. One of the farms was a "Centennial Farm". About 12 cattle were killed and others injured. The amount of crop damage was not known. During its path, the tornado was observed to have multiple vortices. The tornado was observed and video taped by numerous storm chasers and researchers. Researchers also deployed weather sensors around the town of Manchester. One of these sensors recorded a 100 millibar pressure drop as the tornado passed.
31.92003-06-24244°25'N / 97°39'W44°26'N / 97°37'W2.20 Miles200 Yards00200K0Kingsbury
 Brief Description: A tornado caused heavy damage to farm buildings including homes.
32.71964-07-23244°51'N / 98°13'W44°55'N / 98°06'W6.80 Miles33 Yards0025K0Spink
32.91962-05-21244°01'N / 98°17'W43°52'N / 98°20'W10.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Sanborn
33.71971-07-03244°14'N / 98°59'W44°02'N / 98°41'W20.10 Miles30 Yards000K0Hand
35.11961-06-21344°59'N / 97°59'W44°33'N / 97°32'W37.10 Miles33 Yards17250K0Clark
35.61962-05-16244°10'N / 97°39'W000K0Miner
36.02006-08-24244°31'N / 99°04'W44°30'N / 98°56'W5.00 Miles300 Yards0000Hand
 Brief Description: A supercell thunderstorm on its southeast track produced a fourth tornado in Hand county. This tornado touched down west of Miller. The tornado destroyed a large barn and a car was moved nearly 20 feet. Well built structures were heavily damaged and several were pushed slightly off of their foundations. Significant tree damage also occurred.
36.51971-07-03244°13'N / 99°00'W44°14'N / 98°56'W2.30 Miles100 Yards0025K0Hand
36.71978-06-24243°54'N / 98°07'W000K0Sanborn
37.31992-06-16243°59'N / 97°50'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0125K0Miner
37.91953-05-29244°39'N / 97°37'W44°41'N / 97°34'W1.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Clark
38.51962-05-15244°00'N / 97°42'W44°04'N / 97°44'W4.10 Miles33 Yards020K0Miner
40.71962-07-07244°42'N / 97°33'W44°40'N / 97°32'W0025K0Clark
41.12007-05-05244°04'N / 97°36'W44°04'N / 97°37'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0020K0KMiner
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado damaged outbuildings and destroyed a hunting lodge. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
41.51963-07-26244°57'N / 97°53'W1.00 Mile1000 Yards0025K0Clark
44.01992-06-16344°05'N / 97°32'W44°11'N / 97°26'W3.00 Miles73 Yards002.5M0Miner
44.51964-06-08244°47'N / 97°32'W000K0Clark
44.51984-05-12344°53'N / 97°44'W44°50'N / 97°30'W14.00 Miles1320 Yards002.5M0Clark
44.71959-07-07245°03'N / 98°05'W0025K0Spink
44.81992-06-16243°43'N / 98°09'W43°50'N / 98°11'W3.00 Miles73 Yards003K0Davison
44.81992-06-16243°43'N / 98°09'W43°50'N / 98°11'W3.00 Miles73 Yards003K0Davison
44.81957-06-20245°01'N / 98°38'W1025K0Spink
46.21984-06-07244°01'N / 97°32'W0.10 Mile60 Yards00250K0Miner
46.82003-06-24243°42'N / 98°14'W43°47'N / 98°15'W6.00 Miles400 Yards00500K0Davison
 Brief Description: A tornado damaged crops, trees, and numerous buildings on several farms. On one farm the northeast corner of a home was heavily damaged, and several buildings including a barn, a grainery, and a machine shed were destroyed. Large trees were blown down.
48.31965-05-08243°57'N / 97°30'W43°59'N / 97°34'W3.30 Miles243 Yards0025K0Miner
48.51973-04-19244°55'N / 98°54'W44°57'N / 99°00'W4.90 Miles27 Yards003K0Faulk
49.81962-05-21343°43'N / 98°03'W1.00 Mile167 Yards0322.5M0Davison

* 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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