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

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

Earthquake Index, #1219

Placedo, TX

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

Placedo, TX

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, #1565

Placedo, TX

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 1,387 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Placedo, TX were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:2Dense Fog:2Drought:97
Dust Storm:2Flood:376Hail:349Heat:15Heavy Snow:16
High Surf:0Hurricane:3Ice Storm:8Landslide:0Strong Wind:42
Thunderstorm Winds:354Tropical Storm:6Wildfire:12Winter Storm:17Winter Weather:28

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Placedo, TX.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Placedo, TX.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 18 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Placedo, TX.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
6.11968-11-05328°48'N / 97°00'W28°43'N / 96°47'W14.40 Miles200 Yards02250K0Victoria
11.51972-10-29228°37'N / 96°46'W28°31'N / 96°38'W10.80 Miles100 Yards0225K0Calhoun
13.71961-11-02228°37'N / 96°37'W0.30 Mile200 Yards0025K0Calhoun
13.71972-05-07228°37'N / 96°37'W0.10 Mile10 Yards0125K0Calhoun
19.91967-09-20228°25'N / 96°45'W28°30'N / 96°31'W15.40 Miles33 Yards013K0Calhoun
21.31966-02-09328°58'N / 96°40'W2.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Jackson
29.91975-12-24329°01'N / 96°30'W1.00 Mile440 Yards000K0Jackson
31.91967-09-20329°04'N / 96°31'W0.10 Mile33 Yards030K0Jackson
32.81970-08-03228°24'N / 96°24'W003K0Calhoun
32.91965-05-18228°18'N / 97°16'W28°22'N / 97°06'W11.20 Miles100 Yards003K0Refugio
33.81969-04-11228°57'N / 97°18'W1.00 Mile33 Yards003K0De Witt
35.91955-05-18228°42'N / 96°14'W2.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Matagorda
36.91967-09-20328°42'N / 96°13'W1.00 Mile100 Yards4725K0Matagorda
45.31967-09-20328°04'N / 97°03'W1.50 Miles100 Yards03250K0Aransas
47.11967-09-20329°21'N / 97°04'W29°21'N / 97°00'W4.30 Miles333 Yards042.5M0Lavaca
47.22007-03-31229°23'N / 96°52'W29°22'N / 96°52'W0475K0KLavaca
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: To the southeast of Hallettsville, and southeast of the first tornado, a second tornado touched down near 0345 CST. This was just off FM530 on Road 16C, near the community of Light Chapel. This tornado touched down just south of a mobile home and began moving toward the northeast. A father, along with two sons and a daughter, had just arrived home less than an hour before the touchdown and had fallen asleep when the storm struck. The father reported feeling a jolt that awakened him as severe thunderstorm winds ahead of the tornado struck the mobile home. He reported that it became quiet again and then the mobile home exploded as the tornado stuck. He and his three children were blown and tossed almost 150 feet, coming to rest on the top of the former south wall of his mobile home. Broken glass was everywhere, but, in spite of cuts and bruises, they took shelter in a small nearby roofless shack as hail continued to fall. He then walked, carrying an injured son and daughter, to a neighbor???s house to call for help. His truck, parked under an awning just south of the mobile home was rolled and crushed. Had he and his children arrived only a few minutes later at their home, they could easily have been killed. That all have recovered except for minor bruises and cuts can only be considered a miracle. The father???s comments were that it???s all okay ??? we???re okay. What was destroyed is just ???stuff.??? Based on the destroyed mobile home, which had been tied down, and the rolled and twisted metal frame, the tornado was rated EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Winds were estimated at 115 mph. The tornado path length was placed at four-tenths of a mile with a path width of 75 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: In the early morning hours of March 31, both supercells and short bow echoes began to form along the north-south aligned cold front after it crossed the IH-35 corridor. Moving into the eastern portion of South Central Texas, these storms produced heavy rainfall, large hail, and two tornadoes.
47.81994-05-13229°23'N / 96°47'W0.20 Mile50 Yards0050K5KLavaca
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down near Vienna, destroying a mobile home and a house, knocking down power lines and covering the roadway with debris. One witness reported hearing a sound like a "freight train."
49.12010-06-02228°03'N / 97°07'W28°00'N / 97°06'W4.00 Miles500 Yards00250K0KAransas
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An NWS survey team concluded a tornado touched down 4 miles west of Rockport. The tornado was on the ground for roughly 3.75 miles, traveling southeast and ending near Bypass 35 and 16th streets. The maximum wind speed was estimated at 120 mph, an EF-2, and had a maximum width of almost 3/10 of a mile. Several homes were damaged, an RV flipped, and 4 boats damaged. A home weather station recorded a peak wind gust to 103 mph before failing. Over 20 large tension poles were snapped completely off along Hwy 1069. Hundreds of trees and tree limbs were snapped. Vehicles at a salvage yard were moved several yards, and a garage was completely destroyed. An 18 wheeler was flipped over along Bypass 35. EPISODE NARRATIVE: During the late afternoon on June 2, 2010, thunderstorms developed over central Texas and the Sierra Madre of Mexico. A very unstable air mass was present over South Texas (CAPE values from 4500 to 5500 J/kg). At 7 pm CDT, the first line of thunderstorms entered the Rio Grande Valley and produced hail up to the size of nickels, localized flooding and strong winds. The second line of thunderstorms extended across much of Central Texas and began accelerating and tracking southward from Tilden to Goliad by late in the evening. The two lines of thunderstorms merged around Tilden and Choke Canyon Reservoir near 1000 pm CDT causing intensification to the convective complex of storms. This was evident by severe storms over Live Oak and Bee counties with increased reflectivity and cloud to ground lightning between 1030 and 1100 pm CDT. At the same time, the northern line of thunderstorms continued through the Victoria Crossroads area and slowly weakened. The strongest portion of the solid line of thunderstorms continued southeastward into the central Coastal Bend. Reports of trees down and power outages increased from along I-37 to Corpus Christi from the most intense portion of the line of thunderstorms. WSR-88D detected small areas of rotation over Aransas, San Patricio and Nueces Counties between 1100 and midnight CDT when tornado warnings were issued. Wind gusts of 60 mph were common from automated weather stations as the storms slammed the lower Coastal Bend. Power outages from the wind were significant by midnight and there were many reports of trees and power lines down, and rescue operations for recreational trailers that were tipped over on the base of Navy Corpus Christi and a flipped 18-wheeler. In this area, automated sensors measured wind as high as 80 mph. The lightning was intense and continuous at times, which caused additional damage to a few structures. The line of thunderstorms produced widespread 1 to 2 inches of rain across South Texas with locally higher amounts. Total cloud to ground lightning strikes observed by the National Lightning Detection Network were near 38,000 from 800 pm to 200 am CDT. In Nueces County up to 31,000 residence had interruption to their power according to AEP.

* 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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