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

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

Earthquake Index, #112

Jonestown, MS
0.05
Mississippi
0.05
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

Jonestown, MS
0.0000
Mississippi
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, #444

Jonestown, MS
187.38
Mississippi
280.40
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 1,624 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Jonestown, MS were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:4Dense Fog:0Drought:15
Dust Storm:0Flood:129Hail:536Heat:22Heavy Snow:5
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:5Landslide:0Strong Wind:13
Thunderstorm Winds:839Tropical Storm:2Wildfire:0Winter Storm:22Winter Weather:13
Other:19 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Jonestown, MS.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Jonestown, MS.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Jonestown, MS.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 78 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Jonestown, MS.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
0.81978-05-12234°19'N / 90°31'W34°19'N / 90°25'W5.70 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Coahoma
5.01976-04-24334°17'N / 90°41'W34°21'N / 90°24'W16.90 Miles300 Yards01250K0Coahoma
7.31976-04-24334°21'N / 90°24'W34°22'N / 90°16'W7.70 Miles300 Yards00250K0Quitman
7.91978-05-12234°19'N / 90°25'W34°19'N / 90°13'W11.50 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Quitman
7.91963-04-29334°25'N / 90°34'W34°26'N / 90°28'W5.70 Miles440 Yards510250K0Coahoma
8.02001-11-24234°09'N / 90°27'W34°27'N / 90°11'W27.00 Miles300 Yards2165.0M0Quitman
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down in the western part of the county near Walnut and tracked northeast eventually crossing into Panola county. Two women were killed when the tornado destroyed their homes. Numerous buildings were destroyed in the county. A cotton plant was damaged just west of the town of Belen. Over 100 homes were damaged or destroyed. F73PH, F61PH
10.61955-10-28234°12'N / 90°34'W2.00 Miles33 Yards01250K0Coahoma
12.71964-11-19234°21'N / 90°45'W34°11'N / 90°35'W14.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Coahoma
14.11964-11-19234°12'N / 90°18'W34°24'N / 90°07'W17.30 Miles440 Yards0025K0Quitman
14.51955-06-22234°09'N / 90°25'W34°30'N / 89°59'W34.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Quitman
15.81978-12-03234°31'N / 90°36'W0.80 Mile100 Yards002.5M0Phillips
17.51975-02-22234°33'N / 90°29'W34°36'N / 90°25'W5.20 Miles100 Yards03250K0Tunica
17.71975-03-12234°04'N / 90°26'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0525K0Tallahatchie
18.12009-07-30234°16'N / 90°46'W34°17'N / 90°46'W1.00 Mile600 Yards002K0KPhillips
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado crossed over from Burke Landing in Coahoma County Mississippi continuing to weaken and lifted shortly thereafter. A few trees were knocked down. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Mid-South during the afternoon hours of July 30th, 2009. A low pressure center developed along the front as the front moved into the area. The low pressure helped to spawn several tornadoes across the Mid-South. In addition, other storms produced damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding into the evening hours.
18.91954-02-27234°31'N / 90°41'W34°33'N / 90°39'W3.00 Miles400 Yards003K0Phillips
19.51974-07-16234°04'N / 90°36'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0025K0Coahoma
19.61953-12-05234°12'N / 90°44'W34°17'N / 90°50'W8.20 Miles30 Yards01125K0Coahoma
19.71964-11-19234°18'N / 90°51'W34°21'N / 90°45'W6.60 Miles100 Yards003K0Phillips
20.12001-11-24234°27'N / 90°12'W34°33'N / 90°09'W7.50 Miles300 Yards1122.0M0Panola
 Brief Description: The tornado moved into the far western part of Panola county from Quitman county and tracked northeast eventually moving into Tate county. One girl was killed when the mobile home where she was staying was destroyed. A cluster of homes and a Baptist church were destroyed. In all 35 homes damaged or destroyed. F10MH
20.22009-07-30234°15'N / 90°50'W34°16'N / 90°46'W4.00 Miles600 Yards00750K0KCoahoma
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado continued northeast crossing over from Phillips County, Arkansas into Coahoma County, Mississippi and weakend. The tornado produced EF-1 damage near Burke Landing. Two hunting cabins were heavily damaged due to trees falling. An additional three to four houses were damaged. Several trees were knocked down in the area as well. The tornado continued northeast crossing back into Phillips County, Arkansas. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Mid-South during the afternoon hours of July 30th, 2009. A low pressure center developed along the front as the front moved into the area. The low pressure helped to spawn several tornadoes across the Mid-South. In addition, other storms produced damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding into the evening hours.
21.21968-12-27234°03'N / 90°17'W150K0Tallahatchie
21.61962-04-28234°26'N / 90°24'W34°47'N / 90°12'W26.70 Miles1760 Yards15250K0Tunica
21.61978-05-12234°19'N / 90°13'W34°19'N / 89°56'W16.20 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Panola
23.81956-04-29334°33'N / 90°46'W34°35'N / 90°44'W3.30 Miles50 Yards00250K0Phillips
23.92009-07-30234°13'N / 90°53'W34°15'N / 90°50'W4.00 Miles600 Yards0010K0KPhillips
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado crossed into Phillips County from Coahoma County, Mississippi. The tornado moved northeast through a wooded area crossing the Mississippi River back into Coahoma County, Mississippi. Several trees were knocked down. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Mid-South during the afternoon hours of July 30th, 2009. A low pressure center developed along the front as the front moved into the area. The low pressure helped to spawn several tornadoes across the Mid-South. In addition, other storms produced damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding into the evening hours.
26.11975-03-12234°22'N / 90°00'W2.50 Miles70 Yards0025K0Panola
26.22001-11-24234°32'N / 90°11'W34°40'N / 90°06'W9.00 Miles300 Yards05500K0Tate
 Brief Description: The tornado moved into the southwest part of Tate county from Panola county and lifted up northeast of Strayhorn. Numerous buildings were damaged or destroyed.
26.62009-07-30234°12'N / 90°55'W34°13'N / 90°53'W2.00 Miles600 Yards002.0M0KCoahoma
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado crossed into the Jackson Point area from Phillips County, Arkansas and continued northeast. Several trees were snapped in the area. Approximately, 50-55 residences including mobile homes, houses, and hunting camps were damaged or destroyed. The tornado continued northeast crossing back into Phillips County, Arkansas. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Mid-South during the afternoon hours of July 30th, 2009. A low pressure center developed along the front as the front moved into the area. The low pressure helped to spawn several tornadoes across the Mid-South. In addition, other storms produced damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding into the evening hours.
27.11988-11-19333°54'N / 90°32'W33°58'N / 90°30'W4.00 Miles100 Yards03250K0Sunflower
27.51983-05-14234°43'N / 90°23'W2.00 Miles30 Yards022.5M0Tunica
28.71971-02-21333°51'N / 90°31'W33°58'N / 90°28'W8.60 Miles33 Yards300K0Sunflower
29.31973-04-24233°54'N / 90°24'W0422.5M0Tallahatchie
31.51965-02-11234°34'N / 91°02'W34°36'N / 90°47'W14.40 Miles50 Yards00250K0Phillips
31.81980-04-08234°42'N / 90°08'W0.70 Mile100 Yards0025K0Tate
32.11975-03-12234°00'N / 90°03'W1.00 Mile100 Yards073K0Tallahatchie
32.71980-06-24233°57'N / 90°10'W33°54'N / 90°07'W4.90 Miles300 Yards00250K0Tallahatchie
32.82009-07-30234°09'N / 91°05'W34°12'N / 90°55'W10.00 Miles600 Yards001.5M0KPhillips
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down in Arkansas County roughly 5 miles south of Tichnor. The tornado moved northeast crossing into Phillips County. The tornado knocked down around one thousand trees in the White River National Wildlife Refuge. From there, the tornado traveled northeast on a continuous path producing damage near Lundell. The Phillips County Airport sustained damage to several buildings. One brick building had major roof damage while another building was completely destroyed. An airport hangar was damaged as well. Several airplanes received damage. Another building sustained minor damage. Several trees were snapped off and many power lines were knocked down in the area. The tornado continued northeast crossing into Coahoma County, Mississippi near Jackson Point. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Mid-South during the afternoon hours of July 30th, 2009. A low pressure center developed along the front as the front moved into the area. The low pressure helped to spawn several tornadoes across the Mid-South. In addition, other storms produced damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding into the evening hours.
33.31984-04-21233°51'N / 90°20'W34°00'N / 89°55'W22.00 Miles10 Yards00250K0Tallahatchie
33.32001-02-24234°07'N / 91°02'W34°11'N / 90°58'W6.00 Miles100 Yards0250K0Phillips
 Brief Description: The tornado moved into the southeast corner of Phillips county from northern Desha county. The tornado struck several mobile homes just southwest of Mosby. Two mobile homes and a farm shop were destroyed. Two people from one of the mobile homes were injured.
34.72001-02-24234°05'N / 91°01'W34°07'N / 90°59'W3.00 Miles200 Yards0000Desha
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in northeast Desha County close to a mile north of Snow Lake. The tornado moved quickly northeast and snapped off a number of trees. The tornado also damaged several irrigation systems. The tornado travelled roughly 3 miles before exiting Desha County about 4 miles north-northeast of Snow Lake. The tornado moved into Phillips County which is in the Memphis County Warning Area.
35.21975-05-29234°37'N / 89°57'W0.10 Mile13 Yards0025K0Tate
35.51978-12-03234°46'N / 90°46'W1.00 Mile100 Yards002.5M0Lee
35.91974-04-01233°51'N / 90°43'W00250K0Bolivar
36.11976-04-24234°25'N / 89°57'W34°26'N / 89°43'W13.30 Miles300 Yards00250K0Panola
36.21988-12-27233°49'N / 90°13'W33°54'N / 90°06'W12.00 Miles73 Yards00250K0Tallahatchie
38.91962-04-28234°47'N / 90°12'W34°53'N / 90°08'W7.90 Miles1760 Yards01250K0De Soto
40.61967-05-01233°50'N / 90°51'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0025K0Bolivar
40.91988-12-27233°44'N / 90°14'W33°48'N / 90°11'W6.00 Miles73 Yards00250K0Leflore
40.91974-01-28233°44'N / 90°23'W0025K0Leflore
41.02005-09-24233°42'N / 90°40'W33°50'N / 90°45'W12.00 Miles200 Yards00800K100KBolivar
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down between Cleveland and Ruleville about 3 miles southeast of Dockery in Western Sunflower county. The tornado then tracked northwest into Bolivar county just east of Cleveland and then toward Merigold where it dissipated. As the tornado approached Cleveland it remained over open farm land and caused damage to trees and power lines. The tornado became more intense just east and northeast of Cleveland. Here the most significant damage occurred which was within a swath of nearly 2 miles that extended from the northeast outskirts of Cleveland to the Renova Community. A couple of buildings were severely damage with one commercial storage building totally destroyed. Three mobile homes were destroyed and 5 other homes sustained heavy damage. Three sheds were destroyed and numerous large trees and power poles were taken down. A mid-sized storage tank was thrown 1/4 of a mile into a field and 3 bicycle frames were thrown 1/4 to 1/2 a mile away. The tornado weakened as it moved toward Merigold and dissipated about 1 mile west of Town off Pemble Road. The total path length across Sunflower and Bolivar counties was 13 miles with a maximum width of 200 yards and maximum rating of F2. Additionally, this tornado developed from the same parent storm which produced the Belzoni tornado.
41.21988-11-26233°44'N / 90°34'W2.00 Miles40 Yards002.5M0Sunflower
41.21965-02-11234°54'N / 90°22'W34°55'N / 90°16'W5.90 Miles250 Yards03250K0Crittenden
41.61970-11-19334°47'N / 90°58'W34°49'N / 90°50'W8.00 Miles400 Yards027250K0Lee
42.11983-05-18233°45'N / 90°12'W0.70 Mile77 Yards00250K0Tallahatchie
42.21971-02-21433°41'N / 90°08'W34°31'N / 89°24'W71.20 Miles33 Yards000K0Grenada
42.51984-04-21234°00'N / 89°55'W34°05'N / 89°40'W14.00 Miles10 Yards00250K0Yalobusha
43.11976-03-20233°43'N / 90°45'W33°46'N / 90°43'W4.30 Miles440 Yards01250K0Bolivar
43.31972-04-15233°42'N / 90°48'W33°47'N / 90°41'W8.80 Miles33 Yards062250K0Bolivar
43.41973-08-14234°57'N / 90°28'W0.30 Mile50 Yards00250K0St. Francis
43.92009-07-30234°03'N / 91°16'W34°09'N / 91°05'W12.00 Miles600 Yards00850K0KArkansas
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado began in southeastern Arkansas County, northeast of Arkansas Post. Initially, the tornado was weak and its track was mostly over open farm land. The porch of an old mobile home, being used as a hunting camp, was torn off. The tornado soon moved into the White River National Wildlife Refuge and intensified greatly. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that 1750 acres of timber were destroyed within the refuge. Most of these old-growth trees were snapped off. Three families were camping at Jacks Bay in the refuge. No one was injured, but the campers were unable to exit the refuge because Jacks Bay Road, the only road out of that section of the refuge, was blocked by fallen trees. It took several hours for county, state, and federal crews to reopen the road. Altogether, they had to cut trees off 2537 feet of roadway. A few of the falling trees knocked down power lines. The tornado crossed the White River, into Phillips County, east-northeast of Weber. This tornado was destined to be one for the record books. The total path length in Arkansas and Phillips counties was by far the longest tornado track ever recorded in Arkansas during the month of July. Also, it was only the eighth tornado in Arkansas history to achieve a rating of F2/EF2 in the month of July. EPISODE NARRATIVE: During the morning of the 30th, a large cluster of thunderstorms known as a Mesoscale Convective System (MCS) moved into Arkansas from the southwest. The MCS weakened, leaving behind a Mesoscale Convective Vortex (MCV) or small area of circulation aloft. During the afternoon, this MCV helped to trigger new storms and a few tornadoes.
44.41968-12-27233°41'N / 90°18'W33°43'N / 90°13'W5.60 Miles133 Yards003K0Leflore
45.21974-06-15233°44'N / 90°48'W0025K0Bolivar
46.01988-01-19234°51'N / 90°07'W34°57'N / 89°59'W9.50 Miles70 Yards012.5M0De Soto
46.11965-02-11234°55'N / 90°16'W34°58'N / 90°02'W13.70 Miles33 Yards0125K0De Soto
46.21968-04-03234°41'N / 89°54'W34°54'N / 89°51'W15.20 Miles33 Yards040K0De Soto
46.81970-04-19335°00'N / 90°27'W1.80 Miles100 Yards0225K0St. Francis
47.01968-05-16234°49'N / 89°57'W34°51'N / 89°52'W5.20 Miles100 Yards07250K0De Soto
47.11975-03-12233°58'N / 89°45'W1.00 Mile60 Yards0025K0Yalobusha
47.21973-11-23234°46'N / 91°07'W34°48'N / 91°01'W6.20 Miles200 Yards01250K0Lee
47.21990-12-21333°45'N / 89°57'W33°50'N / 89°55'W3.50 Miles440 Yards00250K0Grenada
47.51965-02-09334°36'N / 91°13'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0525K0Monroe
47.51973-11-24333°40'N / 90°12'W003K0Leflore
48.61973-11-20333°41'N / 90°03'W33°48'N / 89°54'W11.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Grenada
48.91973-11-23234°35'N / 91°17'W34°46'N / 91°07'W15.80 Miles200 Yards00250K0Monroe
49.31962-02-23234°33'N / 89°38'W013K0Lafayette
49.51973-11-27234°55'N / 90°02'W34°58'N / 90°00'W4.10 Miles33 Yards150250K0De Soto
49.52001-11-24433°32'N / 91°03'W33°52'N / 90°43'W25.50 Miles880 Yards0366.0M0Bolivar
 Brief Description: A supercell thunderstorm moved out of Chicot County Arkansas into northern Washington County, Mississippi. The storm produced a violent tornado that touced down 2.5 miles southwest of Winterville, or along the northern edge of Lake Ferguson. The tornado had a width of up to one half mile and moved through the town of Winterville, causing extensive damage. It then continued northeast into southern Bolivar county about 2 miles northeast of Winterville. The total path length in Washington County was 4.8 miles. The tornado entered southern Bolivar County about 3.5 miles southwest of Stringtown. It travelled northeast 25.5 miles through mostly rural areas of Bolivar County and lifted one mile southeast of Mound Bayou. In Washington County, the tornado caused 12 injuries, mainly in the community of Winterville. In Bolivar County, 36 people were injured, including one 7 year old boy who was critically injured. In Washinton County, a total of six houses, five mobile homes, and two businesses were totally destroyed. Additionally, extensive damage was done to 34 houses and six businesses. Minor damage occurred to over 30 houses and several mobile homes. Total damage to the county was estimated to be around $3.5 million. In Bolivar County, the tornado destroyed ten houses, two mobile homes, and four businesses. Extensive damage occurred to 21 houses, one mobile home, and one business. Minor damage occurred to over 20 houses and around 20 mobile homes. The tornado caused extensive damage to the Bolivar County Detention Center, and hit an electric power substation. The substation was totally destroyed it. At the substation, the tornado blew over a tranformer that weighed approximately 25 tons, and slid another transformer sideways three feet. Total damage in Bolivar County was estimated at around $6 million.
49.91974-06-06334°59'N / 90°47'W35°01'N / 90°44'W3.80 Miles150 Yards411225.0M0St. Francis


* 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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