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The chance of earthquake damage in Orient is about the same as South Dakota average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Orient is lower than South Dakota average and is lower than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #270

Orient, SD
0.01
South Dakota
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

Orient, SD
0.0000
South Dakota
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, #277

Orient, SD
79.58
South Dakota
114.73
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 1,751 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Orient, SD were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:15Cold:2Dense Fog:0Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:104Hail:995Heat:1Heavy Snow:11
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:24
Thunderstorm Winds:555Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:24Winter Weather:0
Other:18 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Orient, SD.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Orient, SD.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 26 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Orient, SD.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
6.81966-07-26245°00'N / 99°06'W003K0Faulk
7.11973-04-19244°55'N / 98°54'W44°57'N / 99°00'W4.90 Miles27 Yards003K0Faulk
7.61983-09-02244°48'N / 99°09'W0.20 Mile10 Yards0025K0Hand
7.91983-09-02244°54'N / 99°15'W0.20 Mile10 Yards003K0Hand
9.31957-06-09345°02'N / 99°08'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Faulk
23.61957-06-20245°01'N / 98°38'W1025K0Spink
27.52006-08-24244°31'N / 99°04'W44°30'N / 98°56'W5.00 Miles300 Yards0000Hand
 Brief Description: A supercell thunderstorm on its southeast track produced a fourth tornado in Hand county. This tornado touched down west of Miller. The tornado destroyed a large barn and a car was moved nearly 20 feet. Well built structures were heavily damaged and several were pushed slightly off of their foundations. Significant tree damage also occurred.
28.61955-04-19245°15'N / 99°10'W45°22'N / 99°14'W8.20 Miles100 Yards000K0Edmunds
35.41956-06-21245°10'N / 98°28'W000K0Spink
36.11959-06-23244°27'N / 98°43'W0025K0Hand
36.72001-07-18245°15'N / 99°40'W45°14'N / 99°40'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0000Edmunds
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down and heavily damaged a house. The attached garage was totally destroyed with two vehicles badly damaged. The metal roof was ripped off of the barn with three outbuildings destroyed. Five telephone/power poles were broken off with 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile of power lines down. Also, a small windmill was wrapped around a power pole.
37.32006-08-24244°26'N / 98°47'W44°25'N / 98°41'W5.00 Miles300 Yards0000Hand
 Brief Description: A supercell thunderstorm tracking southeast produced a fifth tornado in Hand county. The tornado touched downed south of Vayland and tracked southeast and into Beadle county. See storm data for southeast South Dakota. The tornado formed in a heavily wooded area tracking along a county road producing F1 damage to several farmsteads. A mobile home was flipped and destroyed. A grain storage building was flipped onto a car. Several homes had significant roof and window damage. Numerous trees were snapped. As the tornado crossed into Beadle county it was producing F2 damage.
37.41973-07-01345°15'N / 98°30'W0.30 Mile30 Yards1325K0Brown
41.21964-06-18245°12'N / 99°49'W45°15'N / 99°47'W2.70 Miles200 Yards0025K0Potter
41.31955-04-19245°01'N / 99°56'W45°10'N / 99°51'W10.80 Miles67 Yards000K0Potter
41.51961-06-28245°15'N / 99°47'W1.00 Mile33 Yards00250K0Walworth
45.21971-07-03344°16'N / 99°14'W44°15'N / 99°17'W0025K0Hand
45.41961-06-28245°37'N / 99°38'W45°30'N / 98°37'W49.70 Miles33 Yards00250K0Mcpherson
46.42010-05-22245°32'N / 99°00'W45°36'N / 98°54'W7.00 Miles200 Yards000K0KEdmunds
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The seventh tornado formed in northeast Edmunds county and tracked northeast. The tornado took off sections from the roof of a barn. The tornado then tracked through primarily crop and pasture land to near Deerfield Colony and into southeast Mcpherson county. Sporadic tree damage was observed along the tornado path with many wooden power poles completely sheared off. Wind speeds with this tornado were estimated between 111 and 120 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Several supercell thunderstorms developed along a very strong warm front and produced nine tornadoes from Akaska to Bowdle to Hecla. The largest of the tornadoes was an EF4 tornado which occurred near Bowdle. This tornado produced devastating damage in the Bowdle area. The other tornadoes ranged from EF0 to EF2 and caused extensive tree and building damage. Nearly one-hundred power poles were downed along with several high line towers leaving nearly a thousand customers without power. Also, very strong straight line winds and large hail up to the size of golfballs affected parts of the area causing some damage.
47.11971-07-03244°13'N / 99°00'W44°14'N / 98°56'W2.30 Miles100 Yards0025K0Hand
47.51966-07-31245°26'N / 98°31'W45°27'N / 98°27'W2.30 Miles253 Yards13250K0Brown
47.51964-06-18245°15'N / 99°47'W45°34'N / 99°43'W21.90 Miles200 Yards0225K0Walworth
47.62010-05-22445°27'N / 99°42'W45°28'N / 99°38'W4.00 Miles1200 Yards000K0KEdmunds
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado in eastern Walworth county crossed into western Edmunds county and intensified into a large EF4 tornado as it struck several farms in its path. At the first farm, several large cottonwood trees were uprooted along with damage to several trailers. Three grain bins were also destroyed with debris located several hundred yards to the northeast. The residence suffered some shingle and antenna damage. The tornado then tracked northeast to a second farm where several outbuildings were damaged or destroyed along with widespread tree damage. The main residence at this location suffered no damage. Several grain cars were also rolled about 100 yards into the trees behind the house. The large tornado continued to track northeast to a third farm to the north of Bowdle. The main residence suffered major damage to walls with part of the roof structure removed. Widespread tree damage was sustained with many of the trees completely debarked with only the stumps of the largest branches remaining. Two large garages were completely destroyed with the concrete slab wiped clean. The vehicles in one garage were rolled or tossed from 25 to 100 yards away. It is estimated that one vehicle flew through the air 75 to 100 yards resting in the tree shelter belt to the north of the residence. Several other outbuildings were completely destroyed. The tornado then toppled six to eight metal power transmission towers as it moved to the north of the farm. One tower was sheared off from the concrete footings and traveled an estimated 400 yards. Ground scouring was visible along the path of these towers. The large tornado continued to track east crossing over State Highway 47 where a state radio tower was toppled. The tornado lifted shortly thereafter. The highest wind speeds were estimated to be from 166 to 200 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Several supercell thunderstorms developed along a very strong warm front and produced nine tornadoes from Akaska to Bowdle to Hecla. The largest of the tornadoes was an EF4 tornado which occurred near Bowdle. This tornado produced devastating damage in the Bowdle area. The other tornadoes ranged from EF0 to EF2 and caused extensive tree and building damage. Nearly one-hundred power poles were downed along with several high line towers leaving nearly a thousand customers without power. Also, very strong straight line winds and large hail up to the size of golfballs affected parts of the area causing some damage.
47.72006-08-24344°25'N / 98°41'W44°19'N / 98°16'W19.50 Miles500 Yards0215.0M0Beadle
 Brief Description: A tornado, entering Beadle County from Hand County to the west, destroyed 8 houses, damaged at least 7 other houses, and destroyed or damaged numerous farm buildings. One of the destroyed houses and several destroyed small buildings were on a farmstead 2 miles south of Wessington, and five large high voltage transmission towers were blown down about 3 miles southeast of Wessington. A woman was cut on the neck at one farm southwest of Wolsey where the house and all other buildings were destroyed; the injury was not life threatening. The tornado tossed a car and 2 pickups up to 50 feet at the same farm. Another non life threatening injury occurred southeast of Wolsey, again on a farm where the house and all buildings were destroyed. Several vehicles were destroyed or damaged. The tornado killed 10 head of cattle at one farmstead just south of Wolsey. The tornado snapped off numerous power poles, caused widespread tree damage, and severely damaged a bridge where it crossed U.S. Highway 14. The tornado also caused crop damage, but the amount of crop damage was not known. The tornado dissipated one and a half miles southwest of Huron.
47.71959-05-25244°15'N / 98°46'W003K0Hand
48.92010-05-22245°27'N / 99°45'W45°27'N / 99°42'W2.00 Miles600 Yards000K0KWalworth
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The third tornado formed about four miles west of Bowdle on Highway 12. The tornado came down on a farm or formed immediately to the south of the farm. Several outbuildings were severely damaged with the residence sustaining siding and roof damage. A stock trailer was thrown about 75 yards from its initial point. Tree damage was sustained on the west side of the property with fallen trees leaning west. On the east side of the property, debris was scattered to the northeast. The damage on the farm was consistent with an EF2 rating with wind speeds ranging from 111 to 135 mph. The tornado continued moving northeast crossing into western Edmunds county where it intensified to an EF4. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Several supercell thunderstorms developed along a very strong warm front and produced nine tornadoes from Akaska to Bowdle to Hecla. The largest of the tornadoes was an EF4 tornado which occurred near Bowdle. This tornado produced devastating damage in the Bowdle area. The other tornadoes ranged from EF0 to EF2 and caused extensive tree and building damage. Nearly one-hundred power poles were downed along with several high line towers leaving nearly a thousand customers without power. Also, very strong straight line winds and large hail up to the size of golfballs affected parts of the area causing some damage.


* 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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