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Lafollette, TN Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

 
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The chance of earthquake damage in Lafollette is lower than Tennessee average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Lafollette is much lower than Tennessee average and is lower than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #268

Lafollette, TN
0.19
Tennessee
0.56
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

Lafollette, TN
0.0000
Tennessee
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, #523

Lafollette, TN
73.67
Tennessee
175.35
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 3,959 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Lafollette, TN were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:0Dense Fog:0Drought:1
Dust Storm:0Flood:377Hail:860Heat:1Heavy Snow:4
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:4Landslide:0Strong Wind:7
Thunderstorm Winds:2,544Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:17Winter Weather:0
Other:144 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Lafollette, TN.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 5 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Lafollette, TN.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
40.51973-11-304.7335.8-83.96
38.71976-01-194536.88-83.83
27.21984-02-143.61036.13-83.74
30.21969-07-133.5N/A36.1-83.7
48.31982-09-243.5835.68-84.25

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 38 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Lafollette, TN.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
11.92002-11-10236°12'N / 84°12'W36°12'N / 84°05'W5.50 Miles75 Yards00213K0Anderson
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado produced a damage path 75 yards wide for a distance of 5.5 miles from near Briceville to Medford. The Medford community received the brunt of the damage, which was concentrated along Highway 25W, Leinart Road, Bryant Circle and Old and New Clear Branch roads. In all, 32 homes were damaged while 3 were totally destroyed. In addition, 9 mobile homes were damaged.
16.32009-05-08236°21'N / 84°25'W5.00 Miles200 Yards0090K0KScott
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 135 miles an hour occurred around five miles southeast of Huntsville. The tornado initially touched down just west of the Fairview community with a maximum wind speed of 90 mph (EF-1) and a width of 100 yards. The tornado continued along an east path and increased in size and intensity to an EF-2 with a maximum wind speed at 135 mph and a width of 200 yards. Several large hardwood trees were snapped off near trunk level and a free standing cell phone tower was collapsed and twisted by the tornado winds. Extensive damage occurred in a concentrated path at least 80 yards in length at the 135 mph EF-2 level. The tornado continued east and finally weakened to an EF-1 with a maximum wind speed of 100 mph as it dissipated at the foothill of Gray Mountain. At least seven homes suffered minor to moderate wind damage along the 4.5 mile path of the tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A highly organized mesoscale convective vorticity maximum with strong low to mid tropospheric flow coupled with moderate instability resulted in the development of discrete supercellular thunderstorms. These storms produced a long-lived tornado across Northeast Tennessee late in the afternoon and another long duration tornado across Southwest Virginia later in the evening.
20.41967-03-12336°40'N / 84°07'W2.00 Miles100 Yards000K0Whitley
21.31955-03-25236°01'N / 84°25'W36°12'N / 84°14'W16.30 Miles1760 Yards003K0Jefferson
21.71993-02-21336°01'N / 84°15'W36°06'N / 83°58'W10.00 Miles150 Yards035.0M0Knox
 Brief Description: The tornado started near Oak Ridge, moved through the Bull Run Steam Plant and went through the town of Claxton. Fifty homes were damaged and six mobile homes were destroyed. Two business were destroyed and another 10 were damaged including a weapons plant. Twelve electric transmission towers were knocked down.
23.61953-05-02236°02'N / 84°04'W0.80 Mile100 Yards003K0Anderson
23.61974-04-03336°29'N / 84°36'W36°35'N / 84°24'W13.00 Miles400 Yards021250K0Scott
24.01967-03-12336°45'N / 84°20'W36°40'N / 84°08'W12.50 Miles100 Yards05250K0Whitley
24.31974-04-03336°17'N / 84°37'W36°22'N / 84°30'W8.60 Miles350 Yards050K0Scott
25.71973-05-10236°40'N / 84°26'W36°40'N / 84°23'W2.70 Miles33 Yards0525K0Mccreary
28.31980-04-08236°43'N / 84°28'W36°34'N / 84°33'W11.20 Miles200 Yards29250K0Mccreary
28.41988-05-09336°36'N / 83°45'W36°36'N / 83°39'W5.00 Miles500 Yards11525.0M0Bell
29.61974-04-03336°15'N / 84°40'W36°17'N / 84°37'W3.60 Miles350 Yards0625K0Morgan
31.52009-05-08236°27'N / 83°34'W2.00 Miles100 Yards000K0KClaiborne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF-2 tornado with maximum wind speed of 110 miles an hour occurred around five miles southwest of Tazewell. The tornado initially touched down along Cole Road and quickly produced 110 mph winds. It lifted the roof off of a home on Cole Road moved east across the road and moved east across the road and destroyed two large wooden barns carrying debris up to a half mile away. Several trees were also snapped off at mid trunk level. The tornado continued in a 2.2 mile path and dissipated near Neely Road. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A highly organized mesoscale convective vorticity maximum with strong low to mid tropospheric flow coupled with moderate instability resulted in the development of discrete supercellular thunderstorms. These storms produced a long-lived tornado across Northeast Tennessee late in the afternoon and another long duration tornado across Southwest Virginia later in the evening.
31.92002-11-10336°02'N / 84°36'W36°03'N / 84°27'W8.30 Miles300 Yards728968K0Morgan
 Brief Description: A strong F3 tornado (with wind speeds estimated around 175 mph) touched down 4.4 miles south of Wartburg in the Mossy Grove community killing 5 people and injuring 28. This tornado then struck Joyner at 8:40 P.M. killing two more people for a total of 7 dead. The tornado damaged 63 homes while destroying 24 others. In addition, 18 mobile homes were damaged and 12 others were destroyed. M47PH, F36PH, F73PH, M55VE, F1VE, M45PH, F93PH
32.31965-04-15235°52'N / 84°05'W35°57'N / 84°00'W7.40 Miles200 Yards062.5M0Knox
32.91967-03-12336°49'N / 84°31'W36°45'N / 84°20'W11.10 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mccreary
34.01974-04-03236°48'N / 84°26'W36°51'N / 84°18'W8.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Mccreary
34.41998-04-16236°38'N / 84°45'W36°42'N / 84°30'W15.00 Miles100 Yards0030K0Mccreary
 Brief Description: The path of the tornado was intermittent. It first touched down in extreme southeast Wayne County, and then moved northeast across McCreary County. The tornado downed numerous trees in both Wayne and McCreary Counties. In Wayne County the tornado damaged a barn and several outbuildings, and overturned a vehicle. Before lifting the tornado hit Smithtown in McCreary County and damaged several mobile homes, houses and outbuildings.
34.81974-04-03236°51'N / 84°18'W36°52'N / 84°17'W000K0Whitley
36.51974-04-03236°36'N / 84°46'W36°48'N / 84°31'W19.50 Miles33 Yards01125K0Mccreary
36.51974-04-03436°40'N / 84°44'W36°45'N / 84°32'W12.50 Miles33 Yards000K0Mccreary
36.61957-11-18236°16'N / 84°52'W36°25'N / 84°42'W13.90 Miles220 Yards0225K0Fentress
37.51972-05-14236°22'N / 84°48'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0325K0Fentress
38.31998-04-16236°37'N / 84°46'W36°39'N / 84°42'W3.60 Miles100 Yards0015K0Wayne
 Brief Description: The path of the tornado was intermittent. It first touched down in extreme southeast Wayne County, and then moved northeast across McCreary County. The tornado downed numerous trees in both Wayne and McCreary Counties. In Wayne County the tornado damaged a barn and several outbuildings, and overturned a vehicle. Before lifting the tornado hit Smithtown in McCreary County and damaged several mobile homes, houses and outbuildings.
40.01974-04-03436°38'N / 84°47'W36°40'N / 84°44'W3.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Wayne
40.51974-04-03236°31'N / 84°52'W36°36'N / 84°46'W7.90 Miles400 Yards0025K0Fentress
42.11965-04-15236°21'N / 84°55'W36°25'N / 84°51'W5.90 Miles327 Yards0025K0Fentress
42.31974-04-03235°47'N / 83°55'W0.50 Mile50 Yards02250K0Blount
43.11974-04-03336°47'N / 84°42'W36°53'N / 84°36'W8.80 Miles33 Yards2402.5M0Wayne
44.41974-04-03336°53'N / 84°36'W36°56'N / 84°32'W5.10 Miles33 Yards052.5M0Pulaski
45.81984-05-07235°44'N / 84°21'W1.00 Mile70 Yards00250K0Loudon
46.41974-04-03436°15'N / 85°05'W36°26'N / 84°50'W18.80 Miles200 Yards71502.5M0Fentress
47.31974-04-03436°37'N / 84°57'W36°38'N / 84°53'W3.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Wayne
47.81993-02-21235°47'N / 84°34'W35°45'N / 84°31'W10.00 Miles100 Yards00500K0Blount And Loudon
 Brief Description: The tornado that went through Loudon County continued across Blount County through the town of Friendsville and ending just west of Maryville. One large home was destroyed and several other were damaged. Numerous trees were snapped.
48.22010-05-02236°53'N / 84°43'W0050K0KWayne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado touched down 1 mile south of Betsey in the Meadow Creek area. The tornado had a path length of 1/4 of a mile and a path width of 100 yards. The estimated wind speeds associated with the tornado were 110 to 120 mph. The tornado downed numerous trees. The twister also blew part of the roof off of a brick home, causing the corner of an outside wall to collapse. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A multiple lines and clusters of intense showers and strong to severe thunderstorms brought a variety of severe weather to eastern Kentucky on May 2nd and 3rd. During the late morning and late afternoon hours of May 2nd, multiple thunderstorms formed ahead of an approaching frontal boundary. These storms eventually merged into a line that stretched across the entire forecast area late in the day on the 2nd. During the overnight hours a large area of intense showers and thunderstorms dumped anywhere from 2 to over 7 inches of rainfall. Flooding was the primary issue during the overnight and early morning hours of May 3rd. Some areas felt the affects of the flooding as late in the week as May 7th.
48.71974-04-03235°40'N / 84°10'W35°40'N / 84°09'W02250K0Loudon
48.81974-04-03236°58'N / 84°07'W37°11'N / 83°57'W17.50 Miles33 Yards0222.5M0Laurel


* 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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