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

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

Earthquake Index, #283

Kirwin, KS

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

Kirwin, KS

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, #655

Kirwin, KS

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 3,016 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Kirwin, KS were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:13Cold:21Dense Fog:0Drought:10
Dust Storm:0Flood:84Hail:1,843Heat:0Heavy Snow:26
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:7Landslide:0Strong Wind:50
Thunderstorm Winds:813Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:78Winter Weather:11

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Kirwin, KS.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Kirwin, KS.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 53 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Kirwin, KS.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
8.11959-05-20239°36'N / 99°00'W000K0Smith
10.61957-06-15339°42'N / 99°04'W39°54'N / 98°59'W14.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Smith
11.01965-05-25239°45'N / 98°57'W0125K0Smith
11.51985-05-10439°44'N / 99°09'W39°56'N / 99°05'W11.00 Miles1000 Yards012.5M0Phillips
12.31957-06-15339°46'N / 98°56'W2.00 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Smith
12.61952-06-26239°41'N / 99°27'W39°46'N / 99°15'W12.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Phillips
13.11963-06-11239°46'N / 98°55'W1.00 Mile20 Yards0025K0Smith
16.81973-04-19239°52'N / 99°02'W39°56'N / 99°02'W4.60 Miles100 Yards003K0Smith
17.41991-04-11339°26'N / 99°25'W39°32'N / 99°17'W6.00 Miles400 Yards012.5M0Rooks
17.71985-05-10439°30'N / 99°25'W39°57'N / 99°29'W28.00 Miles1000 Yards002.5M0Phillips
20.81985-05-10439°25'N / 99°24'W39°30'N / 99°25'W5.00 Miles1000 Yards002.5M0Rooks
21.21985-05-10439°56'N / 99°05'W40°00'N / 99°00'W10.00 Miles1000 Yards002.5M0Smith
23.41971-05-30239°46'N / 98°46'W39°51'N / 98°41'W7.10 Miles220 Yards0025K0Smith
23.61973-09-25239°44'N / 98°58'W39°59'N / 98°33'W27.90 Miles80 Yards0025K0Smith
25.51985-05-10339°11'N / 99°31'W39°28'N / 99°06'W30.00 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Rooks
27.91954-03-11239°27'N / 98°41'W003K0Osborne
29.91973-03-13239°35'N / 98°35'W39°50'N / 98°33'W17.20 Miles220 Yards0025K0Smith
30.02007-05-05239°23'N / 98°42'W39°28'N / 98°37'W8.00 Miles75 Yards011150K50KOsborne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado sat down south of Osborne and moved north into town. The twister destroyed 2 mobile homes, damaged roofs, fences, cars and windows, and damaged 2 restaurants. The Pizza Hut sustained minor damage and several employees??? car windows were blown out. Across the road, the Circle Inn lost a large part of their roof, a couple of outside walls, and substantial damage happened to the interior portion of the restaurant. A couple of semi-trailers were blown around and one ended up on top of another car. Eleven people were injured, none seriously, and were treated at the Osborne County Memorial Hospital. The Osborne County Sheriff's office reported the most severe injury was a broken arm. (sources: Osborne County Farmer newspaper, Osborne County Sheriff's office, and the Osborne County Emergency Management Agency). EPISODE NARRATIVE: Thunderstorms rumbled across northern Kansas. A few became severe in the early evening hours. One produced a tornado in Osborne. This tornado damaged homes and two restaurants in town. Other storms in Mitchell and Jewell Counties produced hail to the size of quarters.
30.31972-07-27239°15'N / 99°18'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0125K0Rooks
30.91968-05-13339°13'N / 99°02'W39°17'N / 98°48'W13.10 Miles320 Yards0025K0Osborne
31.11973-03-13239°14'N / 99°17'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Rooks
32.61985-05-10440°00'N / 99°00'W40°11'N / 98°43'W18.00 Miles200 Yards012.5M0Franklin
34.11968-05-13339°08'N / 99°20'W39°13'N / 99°02'W16.90 Miles320 Yards0125K0Rooks
35.51950-05-08239°14'N / 98°57'W39°14'N / 98°35'W19.60 Miles440 Yards0225K0Osborne
35.61999-06-03339°50'N / 99°48'W39°58'N / 99°39'W10.00 Miles1320 Yards001.0M0Norton
 Brief Description: A large tornado dropped down just east of the town of Norton and stayed on the ground for approximately 10 miles before finally lifting north-northeast of the town of Almena. This Tornado reached around 3/4 of a mile wide at times and did major (F3) damage to a few farmsteads. Tornado also went through a stage with multiple vortices.
37.21951-07-07239°15'N / 99°34'W003K0Rooks
38.11979-04-19239°28'N / 99°50'W39°32'N / 99°47'W5.20 Miles400 Yards00250K0Graham
38.61961-08-12239°28'N / 99°49'W39°12'N / 99°36'W21.60 Miles300 Yards003K0Graham
39.11969-06-24339°06'N / 100°02'W39°36'N / 99°26'W47.00 Miles700 Yards0025K0Trego
39.11986-09-18240°06'N / 98°39'W2.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Webster
40.01964-06-12239°30'N / 98°26'W39°32'N / 98°22'W4.10 Miles200 Yards0025K0Mitchell
40.21992-06-15239°23'N / 98°28'W39°26'N / 98°26'W3.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mitchell
40.31991-05-30240°08'N / 99°35'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Harlan
40.71970-09-06239°49'N / 99°52'W0.80 Mile200 Yards003K0Norton
41.11971-05-30239°50'N / 98°23'W1.50 Miles200 Yards0025K0Jewell
42.21980-08-01240°15'N / 99°22'W0.10 Mile30 Yards0025K0Harlan
42.71962-07-14239°47'N / 99°55'W1.00 Mile100 Yards003K0Ford
43.01950-05-08239°21'N / 98°29'W39°28'N / 98°18'W12.60 Miles660 Yards00250K0Mitchell
43.21992-06-15239°24'N / 98°24'W39°26'N / 98°22'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mitchell
44.31953-06-07239°21'N / 99°51'W0025K0Graham
45.42002-05-05339°03'N / 99°37'W39°07'N / 99°25'W12.80 Miles880 Yards0000Ellis
 Brief Description: This tornado entered Ellis county from Trego county at 440 PM and continued a a northeast and easterly track. It did speed up at the end of it's life and as is typical, decreased in size. Another tornado was video taped just north and west of this tornado (during the same time), but was just across the county line. A brick building (that was very sturdy) was destroyed and strewn for hundreds of yards into a field. "Huge" cottonwood trees were either uprooted or snapped off at about five feet. A 250 gallon oil tank was moved 1.5 miles and was found lodged into a grove of trees.
45.51969-06-24240°13'N / 99°09'W40°26'N / 99°03'W15.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Franklin
45.71970-06-15239°08'N / 99°38'W1.50 Miles200 Yards0025K0Graham
46.52008-05-29239°28'N / 98°19'W39°34'N / 98°14'W8.00 Miles2000 Yards00500K500KMitchell
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado started near Glen Elder Dam in Mitchell County and moved northeast. It crossed into Jewell County about 4 miles west of Highway 14. Eye witness accounts stated that this tornado combined near the dam with a tornado that had formed to the southwest in Osborne County. Just to the east of the dam, the tornado damaged several outbuildings at a farmstead and uprooted many trees. Power lines and trees were snapped off when the twister crossed US Highway 24 to the east of the town of Glen Elder. Large power poles were broken and another farmstead sustained extensive damage just before the tornado moved into Jewell County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A significant severe weather outbreak occurred during the afternoon and evening of May 29th. Several tornadoes were reported from south of Palco in Rooks County to community of Jewell in Jewell County. On tornado inflected significant damage to the community of Jewell, including destroying the town???s caf?? and water tower. Several homes in rural areas of Mitchell and Jewell Counties were damaged or destroyed. The town of Woodston in eastern Rooks County also had a twister move through the community; luckily damage was not as severe. All together eight tornadoes occurred in this part of north-central Kansas and no critical injuries were reported. Other areas of north-central Kansas also saw hail and heavy rains from the storms. An area between Webster Lake and Stockton in Rooks County had hail up to the size of baseballs. The hail damaged windows and siding of homes along the storms path. In addition to the tornadoes, hail and wind, thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain across the Solomon River valleys. This resulted in some flooding of rural roads and area creeks and rivers.
46.72005-06-09239°17'N / 99°57'W39°21'N / 99°48'W9.50 Miles400 Yards0000Graham
 Brief Description: A significant tornado (rated F2 based on damage survey) touched down 8 miles SW of Hill City near Road 220 and Road J at approximately 4:20 pm CDT. As the tornado continued northeast toward Road 260 and Road M it damaged two homes and destroyed a detached garage. One home suffered roof damage while another had part of the roof from the upper story removed. Significant and continuous tree and power pole damage was noted for one mile south of this location. Some of this damage was likely produced by an intense rear-flank downdraft accompanying the southern periphery of the tornado. As the tornado crossed Highway 283 approximately 3.5 miles south of Hill City, it caused structural damage to a hangar used as storage. A boat, a small four-wheeler and a camper were either heavily damaged or destroyed, with debris rolled or bounced between one-half and three-fourths of a mile. The tornado crossed the intersection of Road 290 and Road O producing tree damage. The tornado ultimately lifted about a half mile northeast of this location at approximately 4:48 pm CDT.
46.81950-05-08239°34'N / 98°18'W39°38'N / 98°12'W6.80 Miles33 Yards0125K0Jewell
47.62001-04-10238°56'N / 99°35'W39°07'N / 99°19'W19.00 Miles300 Yards00150K0Ellis
 Brief Description: A tornado moved in from Trego county at 2209 and moved into Rooks county at 2238. It took out 50 power poles in Ellis county and damaged 13 farms. Roofs were removed on several homes and there was extensive damage done to several outbuildings and trailers. Two semis were overturned on I-70 west of Ellis causing several minor injuries. Reports of the infamous "roar" were noted in the Ellis community.
47.71960-05-24239°26'N / 98°17'W000K0Mitchell
48.31972-04-30238°55'N / 99°23'W39°04'N / 99°20'W10.50 Miles127 Yards0025K0Ellis
48.61956-10-29339°13'N / 98°25'W39°14'N / 98°25'W1.10 Miles200 Yards00250K0Mitchell
48.61992-06-15239°20'N / 98°20'W39°24'N / 98°16'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mitchell
48.61969-06-22240°15'N / 99°39'W40°17'N / 99°34'W4.10 Miles33 Yards1025K0Furnas
49.82002-05-05239°03'N / 99°38'W39°03'N / 99°35'W2.20 Miles350 Yards0000Trego
 Brief Description: The tornado that developed 3.5 miles north and 5.5 miles east of Ogallah (north of Riga) moved slowly northeast reaching a width of 350 yards before crossing into Ellis county at 440 PM. A shed was destroyed near the starting point of the tornado. Along it's path, 1200 pound bales of hay were pushed into a group of trees with a few of the bales stripped to the core. Power poles were downed, tin sheets were wrapped around trees and a stick was impaled into a post.

* 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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