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The chance of earthquake damage in Moscow is about the same as Kansas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Moscow 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, #436

Moscow, 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

Moscow, 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, #650

Moscow, 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 4,046 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Moscow, KS were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:5Cold:7Dense Fog:1Drought:5
Dust Storm:0Flood:79Hail:2,590Heat:14Heavy Snow:26
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:13Landslide:0Strong Wind:11
Thunderstorm Winds:1,151Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:28Winter Weather:7

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Moscow, KS.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

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

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 51 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Moscow, KS.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
3.31951-06-06337°35'N / 101°22'W37°02'N / 100°56'W44.80 Miles33 Yards0325K0Grant
3.51993-05-05437°07'N / 101°16'W37°27'N / 101°13'W21.00 Miles800 Yards005.0M50KStevens
 Brief Description: A 1/2 mile wide F4 tornado quickly developed near the area where the previous tornado roped out. The tornado developed six miles southeast of Hugoton. At the beginning, a multiple vortex tornado was observed. The tornado moved to the north and gradually turned and moved to the northeast. The tornado roped out two miles north of the Stevens/Grant County line. The tornado passed 4 1/2 miles to the east of Hugoton and 2 1/2 miles to the west of Moscow. A farmstead 4 1/2 miles southwest of Moscow was completely destroyed. At least 30 irrigation systems were also destroyed. A female teenager in bare feet received a cut on the foot when she stepped on broken glass at the farmstead.
12.11953-05-27237°10'N / 101°18'W000K0Stevens
12.22001-04-06237°25'N / 101°17'W37°35'N / 101°12'W14.00 Miles150 Yards00235K0Grant
 Brief Description: Tornado crossed into Grant county from Stevens county at 1647. Three pivot sprinklers were destroyed, 2 grain bins, a silo, machine shed and horse trailer were also damaged or destroyed. A roof was taken off a building and an empty rail car was overturned.
12.61951-06-23237°11'N / 101°21'W1525K0Stevens
13.71987-05-03237°26'N / 100°58'W37°25'N / 101°01'W3.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Haskell
15.42003-05-15237°15'N / 100°56'W37°18'N / 100°56'W4.90 Miles100 Yards00150K0Seward
 Brief Description: The tornado began 15 miles north and 1.5 miles west of the center of Liberal and ended 18 miles north and 2 miles east. One home received minor roof damage and broken windows. The second home was destroyed with debris from the home traveling 1/4 of a mile.
16.81977-05-18237°24'N / 101°30'W37°43'N / 101°05'W31.60 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Grant
17.41996-05-26237°12'N / 100°56'W37°24'N / 100°51'W14.00 Miles450 Yards00200K140KSeward
 Brief Description: 2 irrigation sprinklers destroyed...fertilizer tanks carried over 1 mile...2 houses damaged...fence destroyed...trees uprooted...hay bales tossed...30 foot radio tower blown down...wheat plants pulled up...farm building heavily damaged...flood irrigation pipe scattered about.
17.51989-06-06337°11'N / 101°01'W37°14'N / 100°50'W12.00 Miles500 Yards0025K0Seward
17.91990-06-19237°39'N / 101°27'W37°30'N / 101°08'W20.00 Miles300 Yards022.5M0Grant
17.91977-05-18237°22'N / 101°33'W37°24'N / 101°30'W3.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Stevens
18.91982-03-18237°07'N / 100°59'W0.50 Mile30 Yards0025K0Seward
19.11951-06-06237°35'N / 101°20'W033K0Grant
22.21967-07-25237°24'N / 101°36'W2.00 Miles13 Yards0025K0Stanton
22.71996-05-26237°24'N / 100°51'W37°28'N / 100°47'W6.00 Miles150 Yards00100K0Haskell
 Brief Description: 2 irrigation sprinklers destroyed...fertilizer tanks carried over 1 mile...2 houses damaged...fence destroyed...trees uprooted...hay bales tossed...30 foot radio tower blown down...wheat plants pulled up...farm building heavily damaged...flood irrigation pipe scattered about.
23.01972-07-28237°30'N / 100°51'W1.30 Miles440 Yards07250K0Haskell
23.11993-05-05336°53'N / 101°21'W37°07'N / 101°16'W11.00 Miles1200 Yards0050K50KTexas
24.02005-05-11237°36'N / 101°21'W37°44'N / 101°14'W13.20 Miles250 Yards00350K0Grant
 Brief Description: This tornado traveled into Kearny county before roping out. At 2ne of Ulysses part of a barn roof was blown off and a large tree was uprooted. Several horses were slightly injured. Then at 5ne of Ulysses an abandoned mobile home was destroyed. At six miles northeast of Ulysses, two pivot sprinklers were mangled, large trees were snapped at the base and several power poles were destroyed. Several grain bins (full of wheat) were completely swept away and the grain was scattered for some distance. Remnants of the grain bins were not found in the local vicinity. Farther northeast along the track several more pivot sprinklers were destroyed. It is estimated that if this tornado had made a direct hit, it would have likely caused at least high-end F3 damage.
24.42003-05-15237°02'N / 100°57'W37°03'N / 100°56'W2.50 Miles100 Yards006.0M0Seward
 Brief Description: The tornado began 1 mile west of town and first tore through the northwest part of Liberal destroying several mobile homes and throwing a pickup into the debris. Other homes in the area received heavy roof damage.
25.02003-05-15237°02'N / 100°56'W37°03'N / 100°55'W2.50 Miles100 Yards008.0M0Seward
 Brief Description: The second tornado stayed mainly in town. It destroyed several buildings and caused significant roof and tree damage.
25.81982-03-18237°26'N / 100°57'W37°37'N / 100°40'W24.00 Miles67 Yards00250K0Haskell
26.32001-04-06237°06'N / 101°39'W37°11'N / 101°36'W6.60 Miles350 Yards02100K0Morton
 Brief Description: Rapidly moving tornado completely destroyed a mobile home. Female occupant ended up in some bushes and had a broken arm. Male occupant had debris in his eye. Their truck was rolled into trees and nearby outbuildings were demolished. Location of this home was north of Rolla. Elsewhere, 20 power poles were taken down, damage was done to buildings in Rolla with a garage losing its roof. Several silos were damaged or destroyed in the path of the tornado.
28.51977-05-18237°43'N / 101°05'W37°44'N / 101°04'W1.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Haskell
30.41974-06-21337°12'N / 100°42'W37°10'N / 100°40'W2.70 Miles30 Yards0225K0Seward
31.01972-08-22237°34'N / 101°41'W0.10 Mile220 Yards0025K0Stanton
31.51961-06-03236°54'N / 101°00'W000K0Texas
32.11977-05-18237°01'N / 101°59'W37°22'N / 101°33'W33.90 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Morton
32.51990-06-19237°42'N / 101°34'W1.50 Miles150 Yards00250K0Stanton
34.11967-07-03236°50'N / 101°16'W0125K0Texas
34.71969-06-07236°52'N / 101°28'W003K0Texas
37.41994-04-09237°09'N / 100°46'W37°16'N / 100°19'W7.00 Miles1000 Yards0850K0Seward
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down 3.5 WSW of Kismet at 1535 CST and moved ENE across Highway 54 and east into Meade County where it ended at 1610 CST at a point one southeast of Meade. Speed of movement was 35 mph with total path length of 26 miles. In Seward County the tornado struck a car and mobile home 2 E of Kismet at 1540 CST. Two adults were in the car and one adult and five children were in the mobile home. All eight sustained minor injuries and the mobile home was demolished. The tornado had a maximum path width of 1,000 yards in Seward County, but expanded to a maximum width of a mile southeast of Plains in Meade County.
38.41990-06-19237°46'N / 101°38'W1.50 Miles150 Yards00250K0Hamilton
39.71958-06-21237°16'N / 100°35'W37°09'N / 100°25'W12.20 Miles30 Yards0025K0Meade
39.71968-06-08236°50'N / 100°50'W0.80 Mile33 Yards003K0Beaver
39.81970-05-30237°32'N / 101°53'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Stanton
44.01951-05-20337°54'N / 101°12'W38°01'N / 101°01'W12.80 Miles900 Yards00250K0Kearny
44.31951-05-14237°00'N / 101°54'W000K0Morton
44.41951-05-20237°58'N / 101°15'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Kearny
44.71972-05-09337°07'N / 102°00'W37°09'N / 101°58'W2.70 Miles400 Yards0025K0Morton
46.11975-11-19236°42'N / 101°30'W0.30 Mile270 Yards00250K0Texas
46.41955-06-17237°15'N / 100°22'W000K0Meade
47.51996-05-26337°38'N / 100°39'W37°52'N / 100°24'W22.00 Miles900 Yards002.0M150KGray
 Brief Description: The thunderstorm that produced the F2 tornado in Seward and Haskell counties spun up an even bigger tornado further into Haskell and Gray counties. The tornado took a few trees in Haskell county. In Gray county...34 irrigation sprinklers systems were damaged or destroyed...power poles were snapped...2 houses were damaged...a barn was destroyed...a truck overturned...flood irrigation pipe was tossed like match sticks. In fact...one witness reported the 30 foot pieces of pipe were 4 or 5 hundred feet in the air. In addition...3 inch high corn plants were completely removed...leaving the field bare. Several people video taping the tornado were chased by the tornado...only to take shelter under a bridge. The tornado passed about 1/2 mile east of them while they watched 5 inch diameter hail pound the ground.
47.61982-03-19237°37'N / 100°40'W37°49'N / 100°19'W24.00 Miles67 Yards00250K0Gray
48.21951-05-14236°54'N / 101°54'W003K0Texas
48.41971-10-17237°57'N / 100°55'W38°00'N / 100°50'W5.60 Miles127 Yards0725K0Finney
48.81977-05-01236°54'N / 100°30'W36°56'N / 100°28'W2.70 Miles100 Yards000K0Beaver
49.01973-06-28238°00'N / 100°58'W37°59'N / 100°50'W7.20 Miles60 Yards00250K0Finney
49.21982-03-19436°36'N / 101°00'W36°49'N / 100°31'W29.00 Miles50 Yards07250K0Beaver
49.31967-06-23338°02'N / 101°00'W37°55'N / 100°40'W19.80 Miles33 Yards13025.0M0Finney
49.61951-05-14236°52'N / 101°54'W000K0Texas

* 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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