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

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

Earthquake Index, #444

Parks, AR

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

Parks, AR

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, #689

Parks, AR

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 3,503 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Parks, AR were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:0Dense Fog:0Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:335Hail:1,545Heat:1Heavy Snow:0
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:0
Thunderstorm Winds:1,534Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:0Winter Weather:0

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Parks, AR.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 69 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Parks, AR.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
12.81952-11-17234°42'N / 94°17'W34°57'N / 93°54'W27.80 Miles100 Yards0225K0Scott
13.31961-03-12234°35'N / 94°05'W34°42'N / 93°54'W13.20 Miles200 Yards0025K0Polk
14.41957-04-07234°54'N / 94°06'W34°57'N / 94°03'W4.70 Miles300 Yards003K0Scott
16.51995-10-26234°44'N / 93°41'W34°47'N / 93°29'W12.50 Miles800 Yards0000Yell
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down approximately four miles north of Sims in Montgomery County. The tornado travelled north-eastward just over 12 miles, crossing into Yell County around 2130 CST, before lifting near the town of Aly in Yell County. The tornado moved through the Ouachita National Forest. Damage along the path of the tornado consisted of extensive timber damage.
17.31999-03-05234°37'N / 94°12'W34°40'N / 94°00'W12.00 Miles200 Yards0000Polk
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in northern Polk County. The tornado tracked through rural areas, but caused some property damage. The roof of a home was damaged a couple of miles southeast of Acorn. The tornado caused mostly tree damage, with numerous trees downed or snapped. The tornado tracked 12 miles before dissipating.
19.21980-04-07235°02'N / 94°03'W35°08'N / 93°42'W20.90 Miles200 Yards01250K0Logan
22.52003-05-01234°33'N / 94°05'W34°27'N / 93°56'W10.00 Miles200 Yards0000Polk
 Brief Description: A strong tornado touched down in eastern Polk County. The tornado destroyed three barns, knocked the porch off a house and blew part of the roof off another house. Extensive tree and power line damage was noted along the path of the tornado. Some trees were blown onto homes and a camper was blown over. The tornado continued moving southeast into Montgomery County.
23.01967-03-25235°08'N / 93°56'W1.00 Mile33 Yards050K0Logan
23.61971-05-23234°37'N / 94°26'W34°35'N / 93°58'W26.70 Miles600 Yards00250K0Polk
24.12003-05-01234°28'N / 93°56'W34°27'N / 93°53'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0000Montgomery
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved from southeast Polk County into southwest Montgomery County about 8.5 miles south-southwest of Pine Ridge. Widespread tree damage was noted along the path of the tornado. The tornado lifted about 9 miles south of Pine Ridge.
24.72009-04-09334°32'N / 94°19'W34°37'N / 94°05'W15.00 Miles1075 Yards330130.0M0KPolk
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado began to the west-southwest of Mena, then tracked through the northwest side of Mena. According to the Polk County Judge, 165 houses were destroyed, 701 houses had major damage, and more than 11,000 trees were blown down. The Polk County Courthouse, county jail, Mena City Hall, and the police and fire departments were damaged in downtown Mena, as were several businesses. Mena Middle School, also located downtown, was structurally damaged beyond repair. A nursing home was also damaged. Most of the city lost electricity. The tornado then tracked to the northeast, badly damaging several industrial buildings. There was considerable roof damage at Rich Mountain Community College, and lesser damage to the hospital. As the tornado continued to the northeast, a tractor dealership was destroyed. A number of rural residences and farms were damaged as the tornado moved out into rural Polk County. North of Ink, damage was noted along Polk 74 and Polk 71; these same areas had been damaged by a tornado on October 6, 2008. Three fatalities occurred on the northwest side of Mena. One was a woman at a Masonic Lodge, and the others were a man and woman at separate residences. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Low pressure aloft approached from the west and collided with moisture and instability. Thunderstorms developed in eastern Oklahoma during the afternoon, then became more numerous as they entered western Arkansas during the evening. The storms brought a few tornadoes and numerous hailstorms to Arkansas during the evening hours.
24.81980-04-07235°08'N / 93°42'W35°08'N / 93°41'W00250K0Yell
24.81951-10-23235°00'N / 93°30'W040K0Yell
28.61980-04-07234°51'N / 93°24'W34°52'N / 93°20'W4.10 Miles150 Yards00250K0Yell
29.41952-11-17234°34'N / 94°24'W34°42'N / 94°17'W11.40 Miles100 Yards0025K0Polk
32.01993-11-13234°26'N / 94°27'W34°37'N / 94°11'W20.00 Miles100 Yards01150.0M0Polk
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down in Polk County and traveled approximately 20 miles before it lifted. Even though the tornado was not on the ground continuously, it still managed to cause extensive damage to several towns along its path. The tornado initially touched down approximately 2.50 miles west of Cove, along Highway 4. The storm passed through Cove where it damaged and destroyed several homes and businesses. The tornado then struck the Hatfield area where it destroyed or damaged a number of homes. The tornado continued moving northeastward and struck the southwest part of Mena. In Mena, a large number of homes and businesses sustained damage. Most of the buildings that were struck were either destroyed or received major damage. Eleven people in Mena were treated for minor injuries. A local park in Mena lost a number of large trees. Some of these trees were over 100 years old. A number of buildings in Mena were damaged as a result of trees falling on the structures. The tornado finally lifted about three miles northeast of Mena, in the community of Hillcrest, where it destroyed a few mobile homes and damaged several others. Initial estimates placed the damage at over $6 million.
32.61982-12-23334°11'N / 93°55'W34°29'N / 93°46'W20.00 Miles400 Yards02925.0M0Hot Spring
34.01980-04-07235°08'N / 94°22'W35°08'N / 94°16'W5.40 Miles100 Yards08250K0Sebastian
34.71977-11-15234°35'N / 94°25'W0.50 Mile30 Yards0025K0Polk
34.81959-03-31335°18'N / 93°45'W2.00 Miles300 Yards0025K0Logan
35.41968-04-19435°12'N / 94°16'W2.00 Miles300 Yards142702.5M0Sebastian
35.51961-11-02235°18'N / 93°42'W1.50 Miles100 Yards003K0Logan
35.71954-02-19235°13'N / 94°15'W1.00 Mile33 Yards000K0Sebastian
36.11982-12-23235°19'N / 93°44'W0.60 Mile80 Yards00250K0Logan
36.31982-12-23235°19'N / 93°43'W0.50 Mile100 Yards00250K0Logan
37.71979-04-11234°15'N / 94°22'W34°28'N / 94°08'W20.10 Miles440 Yards0172.5M0Polk
37.82009-04-09234°37'N / 94°33'W34°39'N / 94°27'W7.00 Miles550 Yards04100K0KLe Flore
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado destroyed a mobile home, injuring four occupants, two of which were severely injured. Several other mobile homes were also severely damaged and a permanent home was damaged. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted. Based on this damage, maximum winds were estimated to be between 120 and 130 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Widespread severe thunderstorms occurred across eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening hours of the 9th.
37.81999-03-05234°16'N / 93°55'W34°15'N / 93°54'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0000Pike
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved out of Howard County (Shreveport County Warning Area) into western Pike County. The tornado was weakening, but still heavily damaged a trailer and knocked down a few trees. The tornado tracked only half a mile into Pike County before dissipating.
38.11961-03-12234°52'N / 93°12'W2.00 Miles417 Yards0025K0Perry
38.31955-03-20235°17'N / 93°44'W35°22'N / 93°32'W12.60 Miles60 Yards0025K0Logan
38.51976-03-26335°03'N / 93°25'W35°08'N / 93°09'W16.10 Miles100 Yards042.5M0Yell
39.81950-01-13334°24'N / 94°22'W0.60 Mile17 Yards113K0Polk
40.01953-03-13235°00'N / 94°32'W003K0Le Flore
40.51957-05-11235°19'N / 93°31'W000K0Logan
41.31999-03-05234°12'N / 93°55'W34°13'N / 93°45'W10.00 Miles200 Yards0000Pike
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned south of a dissipating tornado in western Pike County. The former tornado tracked mostly through rural areas and caused little in the way of property damage. However, tree damage was extensive...especially just to the southeast of Newhope. The tornado tracked about 10 miles before dissipating.
41.61953-03-14335°13'N / 93°57'W35°33'N / 93°22'W40.10 Miles880 Yards00250K0Logan
42.31973-11-24234°36'N / 93°12'W34°38'N / 93°07'W5.40 Miles133 Yards0025K0Garland
42.42005-11-27234°21'N / 93°21'W34°25'N / 93°18'W4.20 Miles100 Yards0000Hot Spring
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in western Hot Spring County around 3 miles southeast of Bonnerdale and tracked quickly to the northeast. The tornado caused mainly tree and power line damage before moving into southwestern Garland County.
42.52000-03-26234°51'N / 94°38'W34°49'N / 94°36'W4.00 Miles300 Yards001.2M0Le Flore
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down 1.5 miles northwest of Hodgen and moved southeast passing near the town of Hodgen before lifting 2 miles southeast of Hodgen. Three mobile homes were destroyed and as many as eight others were damaged. In addition, two broiler houses were destroyed, killing all the chickens inside. A few other agriculture structures were damaged and a few power lines were blown down.
42.72006-01-12235°07'N / 93°21'W35°11'N / 93°08'W13.00 Miles75 Yards0000Yell
 Brief Description: A strong tornado touched down in northern Yell County, about 5 miles southwest of Chickalah. Estimated winds with the tornado were around 140 mph. A house was severely damaged. An abandoned mobile home, used for storage, was badly damaged. A few chicken houses had major damage, and a number of others had parts of the roofs taken off. A travel trailer was overturned, with numerous sheds and outbuildings destroyed. A number of power lines and power poles were blown down. Hundreds of trees were either snapped off or uprooted. A mobile home was also destroyed by fire, apparently due to a fallen power line. The tornado tracked to the east-northeast for about 13 miles before moving into southern Pope County.
43.21999-03-05234°10'N / 94°13'W34°16'N / 94°02'W18.70 Miles250 Yards0060K0Howard
 Brief Description: Tornado entered Howard County from Polk County, moved across Howard County, then into Pike County. Damage was largely confined to rural wooded area with little or no population. A mobile home was heavily damaged and scores of trees were toppled along the tornado path.
43.41999-03-05234°14'N / 93°39'W34°14'N / 93°27'W10.00 Miles250 Yards0000Pike
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in eastern Pike County. The tornado moved through mostly rural areas, so property damage was minimal. However, numerous trees were downed. The tornado was on the ground for around 10 miles before moving into western Clark County.
43.82005-11-27234°24'N / 93°18'W34°32'N / 93°08'W13.80 Miles100 Yards0100Garland
 Brief Description: A strong tornado tracked into southwestern Garland County from Hot Spring County. The tornado rolled a mobile home into a tree, with a man injured near Pearcy. In the same area, several homes had mainly roof damage. The tornado then hit areas on the west side of Lake Hamilton, with structural damage to several homes and docks destroyed. Along the way, numerous trees were uprooted or snapped with power lines downed. The tornado dissipated roughly 3 miles southeast of Mountain Pine.
43.91958-06-25235°08'N / 94°32'W0.50 Mile200 Yards0125K0Le Flore
44.81980-04-07335°08'N / 94°33'W0.50 Mile127 Yards092.5M0Le Flore
44.82009-04-09334°08'N / 94°06'W34°12'N / 93°55'W11.00 Miles850 Yards001.5M0KHoward
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado continued into Howard County from Sevier County Arkansas. The Dierks Lake area received significant damage near the Sevier, Howard County line. The Army Corps of Engineers office had significant roof damage to their office building with roofing material found in the trees adjacent to the building. The tornado was strongest in Howard County where the entire second story of a reinforced concrete building was decimated and strewn across the road. This was consistent with EF3 tornado damage with wind speeds of 140 mph. The tornado then moved into Pike County, Arkansas about 3.5 miles southwest of New Hope, Arkansas. The Arkansas governor declared Howard County a disaster area because of the tornado damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level storm system along with a surface dry line/front over northeast Texas moved east during the evening hours of April 9th into the early morning hours of April 10th causing long lived supercell thunderstorms. These thunderstorms caused long track tornadoes to occur across southeast Oklahoma, southwest Arkansas, northeast Texas, and north Louisiana.
45.01973-04-20235°23'N / 93°30'W1.50 Miles500 Yards0225K0Logan
45.51975-02-22235°05'N / 93°15'W35°13'N / 93°07'W11.90 Miles80 Yards0025K0Yell
45.71968-04-19234°58'N / 94°39'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0125K0Le Flore
45.71981-07-21235°12'N / 94°31'W0.50 Mile30 Yards0025K0Kiowa
45.71961-03-12235°27'N / 93°45'W35°28'N / 93°43'W1.90 Miles17 Yards04250K0Franklin
46.21961-05-05234°31'N / 93°08'W2.00 Miles300 Yards06250K0Garland
47.31965-03-16235°27'N / 93°35'W0025K0Johnson
47.91958-05-02235°16'N / 94°30'W0.30 Mile100 Yards0025K0Le Flore
48.11952-03-21434°01'N / 94°01'W34°13'N / 93°58'W13.00 Miles833 Yards7925K0Howard
48.11999-03-05334°14'N / 93°30'W34°13'N / 93°18'W13.00 Miles400 Yards002.0M0Clark
 Brief Description: A strong tornado produced in eastern Pike County moved into western Clark County. The tornado hit the town of Alpine and caused extensive tree and property damage. More than two dozen homes and almost a dozen mobile homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. In nearby Amity, a high school basketball game was cancelled when a Tornado Warning was issued. The tornado continued east of Alpine into a forested area and downed numerous trees. Just south of the tornado, yet another tornado was spawned with both tornadoes causing over 2 million dollars in tree damage across Clark County. The second tornado tracked across much of eastern Clark County. The first tornado was on the ground for about 13 miles before dissipating.
48.21973-05-26234°57'N / 94°42'W1.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Le Flore
48.21999-03-05235°27'N / 93°36'W35°27'N / 93°29'W7.00 Miles200 Yards0000Johnson
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in southern Johnson County. Toward the town of Hartman, the tornado heavily damaged or destroyed a couple of barns. Farther northeast toward Clarksville, every piece of tin was removed from a chicken house. Chickens were thrown from the house and from nearby houses. Up to 10,000 chickens were lost in the storm. Numerous trees were also downed. The tornado tracked about 7 miles before dissipating just southwest of Clarksville
48.21953-03-14335°17'N / 93°17'W35°19'N / 93°15'W2.70 Miles880 Yards003K0Yell
48.21967-12-21235°21'N / 94°24'W35°23'N / 94°21'W3.80 Miles833 Yards0625K0Sebastian
48.21982-05-28234°31'N / 94°42'W34°33'N / 94°36'W5.00 Miles450 Yards00250K0Le Flore
48.21960-05-05235°21'N / 93°20'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0225K0Johnson
48.71955-05-26334°42'N / 93°04'W34°44'N / 92°58'W6.20 Miles1000 Yards03250K0Garland
48.92010-04-30234°06'N / 94°02'W34°07'N / 94°00'W2.00 Miles150 Yards00200K0KHoward
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado touched down in Dierks, Arkansas destroying a laundrymat and damaging numerous homes and businesses. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted along the track which started on the southwest side of town where a storage building was destroyed. The tornado crossed the town downing trees and powerlines. Shingles were torn off of numerous homes within the town. The tornado continued northeast and ripped a 100 ft section of roof off of a chicken house. The tornado lifted northeast of the chicken house. Maximum winds are estimated at 105-115 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A very unstable airmass developed across much of the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley during the afternoon and evening hours of April 30th. A strong upper level trough moved into the Southern Plains during the afternoon and sparked strong to severe thunderstorms across much of southeast Oklahoma into northeast Texas and southwest Arkansas. Strong deep layer shear and low level directional shear was present during the evening and this resulted in storms developing supercellular characteristics. Large hail and isolated tornadoes developed with this activity across the region.
48.91955-11-15235°02'N / 93°03'W1.50 Miles73 Yards00250K0Perry
48.91965-05-08235°21'N / 94°25'W35°24'N / 94°21'W5.10 Miles100 Yards08250K0Sebastian
49.51999-03-05234°12'N / 94°22'W34°11'N / 94°16'W8.00 Miles200 Yards0000Polk
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in southern Polk County. The tornado hit the town of Grannis and caused some property damage. Damage was most extensive at a chicken farm. Two chicken houses were completely destroyed at the farm, with one chicken house thrown into the other house. Roughly 8,000 chickens were lost. Several trees and a few power lines were downed as well. The tornado tracked about 8 miles before moving into Howard County (Shreveport County Warning Area).
49.71958-11-17234°19'N / 93°18'W34°19'N / 93°09'W8.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Hot Spring
49.91982-12-23234°30'N / 93°05'W34°33'N / 93°02'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Garland

* 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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