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Manchester, MA Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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The chance of earthquake damage in Manchester is higher than Massachusetts average and is lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Manchester is lower than Massachusetts average and is much lower than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #92

Manchester, MA

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

Manchester, MA

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, #413

Manchester, MA

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 2,236 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Manchester, MA were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:10Dense Fog:0Drought:10
Dust Storm:0Flood:223Hail:482Heat:1Heavy Snow:65
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:2Landslide:0Strong Wind:49
Thunderstorm Winds:944Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:13Winter Weather:4

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Manchester, MA.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 23 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Manchester, MA.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
12.41958-08-25242°32'N / 71°00'W1.00 Mile50 Yards003K0Middlesex
17.91951-08-21242°42'N / 71°08'W42°46'N / 70°58'W9.30 Miles100 Yards003K0Essex
19.31956-11-21242°48'N / 71°00'W0.80 Mile17 Yards0025K0Essex
23.01974-09-29342°36'N / 71°14'W42°37'N / 71°12'W01250K0Middlesex
23.72006-05-21242°55'N / 70°51'W42°55'N / 70°51'W0.10 Mile20 Yards023K0Rockingham
 Brief Description: A small, but rather intense, tornado touched down on Interstate 95 about two miles south of the Hampton Toll Booths in the town of Hampton Falls. While several funnel clouds were observed over southeastern New Hampshire that Sunday evening, the actual tornado touched down just as one of the funnel clouds approached I-95. The tornado then lifted off the ground about 100 yards after crossing I-95. The most significant damage was to a truck parked along the side of the highway. The trucked was lifted off the ground briefly by the tornado, thrown about 10 feet, landed on the passenger side, and then rolled 1 1/4 times ending up on its roof. Two men were in the truck at the time and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. After interviews with the occupants and eyewitness reports which indicated that the vehicle was lifted into the air, the tornado intensity was classified as F2 on the Fujita scale. These reports were consistent with the ground-based assessment.
26.11951-08-21242°50'N / 71°08'W42°54'N / 71°04'W4.90 Miles67 Yards003K0Rockingham
27.81958-07-11242°30'N / 71°18'W1.50 Miles17 Yards00250K0Middlesex
28.21961-07-02242°50'N / 71°16'W42°46'N / 71°12'W5.10 Miles400 Yards01250K0Rockingham
28.61953-06-09342°58'N / 70°58'W1.50 Miles100 Yards0525K0Rockingham
30.01965-08-28242°42'N / 71°20'W2.00 Miles33 Yards00250K0Middlesex
31.21972-07-21242°41'N / 71°25'W42°35'N / 71°20'W7.60 Miles37 Yards042.5M0Middlesex
35.11956-11-21242°10'N / 71°10'W0.10 Mile17 Yards003K0Norfolk
36.01957-06-19243°06'N / 70°48'W0.20 Mile77 Yards0125K0Rockingham
38.51976-05-03243°08'N / 70°51'W1.00 Mile33 Yards00250K0Strafford
38.71970-10-03342°33'N / 71°32'W42°34'N / 71°31'W10250K0Middlesex
42.51963-06-09243°00'N / 71°30'W42°52'N / 71°24'W10.00 Miles77 Yards00250K0Hillsborough
42.91967-11-18241°58'N / 70°54'W0.10 Mile17 Yards000K0Plymouth
43.21953-06-09342°03'N / 71°14'W42°03'N / 71°12'W012.5M0Bristol
44.31963-05-20242°24'N / 71°36'W0.30 Mile50 Yards003K0Worcester
46.21953-06-09342°06'N / 71°29'W42°03'N / 71°14'W13.10 Miles667 Yards0152.5M0Norfolk
47.61963-05-14243°16'N / 70°50'W43°16'N / 70°50'W0.50 Mile50 Yards003K0York
49.21963-05-14243°18'N / 71°00'W43°16'N / 70°50'W8.20 Miles50 Yards0025K0Strafford
49.22008-07-24243°09'N / 71°18'W43°13'N / 71°16'W5.00 Miles880 Yards120K0KRockingham
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An E-F2 tornado touched down about 5 miles southwest of Northwood Narrows and moved north northeast for a little over 5 miles before crossing into Merrimack County. Numerous trees were downed and many homes were damaged or destroyed. A woman was killed when the house she was in collapsed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: On July 24th a closed 500 mb low was digging over NY/PA and waves of surface low pressure were riding north along the associated surface front to the west of the forecast area. A strong 50kt low level jet was also riding northward ahead of the front. This resulted in extremely high helicity values across southern and central New Hampshire. A surface dew point boundary was in place across south central New Hampshire with readings in the lower 70s to the east of this boundary and in the mid 60s to the west. Sunshine began breaking out to the east of this boundary by mid morning and convection began developing by late morning. Storms grew rapidly and quickly began rotating. A tornado rated as strong as F2 cut a 50 mile path through 5 counties in southeast New Hampshire resulting in 1 fatality and damage to over 100 structures some of which were completely destroyed.

* 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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