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The chance of earthquake damage in Pottawatomie County is higher than Kansas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Pottawatomie County is 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, #4

Pottawatomie County
0.27
Kansas
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

Pottawatomie County
0.0000
Kansas
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, #68

Pottawatomie County
182.81
Kansas
252.53
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 18,624 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Pottawatomie County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:41Cold:85Dense Fog:18Drought:23
Dust Storm:0Flood:1,347Hail:9,545Heat:75Heavy Snow:121
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:72Landslide:0Strong Wind:176
Thunderstorm Winds:6,211Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:290Winter Weather:100
Other:518 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Pottawatomie County.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Pottawatomie County.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Pottawatomie County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 86 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Pottawatomie County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.41978-05-31339°19'N / 96°23'W39°22'N / 96°02'W18.90 Miles1300 Yards00250K0Pottawatomie
10.31979-10-18239°15'N / 96°21'W39°20'N / 96°01'W18.60 Miles200 Yards05250K0Pottawatomie
13.91965-06-21239°16'N / 96°33'W0025K0Pottawatomie
15.82008-06-11239°27'N / 96°06'W39°30'N / 96°02'W5.00 Miles200 Yards100K0KPottawatomie
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is the first segment of an EF-2 tornado that began in Pottawatomie County, moved northeast into Jackson County and continued northeast into Nemaha County before dissipating. This is segment 1 of 3 for the tornado path. In Pottawatomie County the tornado touched down near a farmstead south of Havensville and compromised some of the external walls of a residence as well as tearing a large portion of the roof off of the residence. Extensive damage was noted to outbuildings and trees near the residence. The tornado continued northeast damaging mainly rural areas of northeastern Pottawatomie County damaging trees and power poles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two long lived supercells wreaked havoc across portions of north central and northeast Kansas on the night of June 11th. Three significant tornadoes touched down, caused millions of dollars in damage, killed two, and critically injured three citizens. The town of Chapman saw the most extensive damage. Approximately three-quarters of the town were damaged by the tornado that passed through. Numerous homes were demolished, as were both the middle school and high school. One death occured, as a result of a tree having fallen onto a young woman oustide her car, who had just placed her daughter into her car seat. The most severe, but more localized damage occurred in the Miller Ranch neighborhood in Manhattan, where several homes were completely destroyed. Several buildings on the Kansas StiThe Soldier, Kansas tornado was responsible for the other death. A man was killed in his mobile home when it flipped several times and was found a few miles from it's original location. The unoccupied home a few hundred feet from the mobile home went virtually untouched. Thousands of citizens turned up over the next few weeks to help with the clean-up effort in both Chapman and Manhattan.
18.21960-05-19439°09'N / 96°20'W39°11'N / 95°57'W20.60 Miles33 Yards01225.0M0Wabaunsee
22.12008-06-11439°07'N / 96°42'W39°12'N / 96°34'W9.00 Miles440 Yards000K0KRiley
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down to the southwest of Manahattan on a farm, and first destroyed a large machine shed, and threw a grain cart into an adjacent field. The tornado tracked to the northeast and destroyed several homes that were in the process of being built. Then, the tornado entered the Miller Ranch area of Manhattan, where the EF-4 damage was observed. Fifteen well built homes were completely destroyed. Nearby in the Amherst residential area, approximately thirty homes were damaged. A local newspaper reported that 45 residences in Manhattan were destroyed, 142 were damaged, and 637 were affected by the tornado. Ninety three apartments or duplexes, twenty mobile homes, and ten total businesses were impacted. Thereafter, the windows at the Little Apple Honda/Toyota car dealership were blown out, and several cars on the lots were tossed. A nearby hardware store and several self-storage units were demolished. Other nearby businesses were also damaged. The Lee Elementary School was then damaged. The tornado continued toward the Kansas State University campus. There, the roof was blown off a fraternity house, windows were blown out of buildings, the USDA Wind Erosion Labratory roof was damaged, and debris from damage to the southwest was blown across the campus. Summer classes at the University were shuffled around to find appropriate, undamaged buildings to hold summer students. New student orientation was also going on the week the tornado struck. It was reported that $20 million dollars in damage was done to the KSU campus alone. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two long lived supercells wreaked havoc across portions of north central and northeast Kansas on the night of June 11th. Three significant tornadoes touched down, caused millions of dollars in damage, killed two, and critically injured three citizens. The town of Chapman saw the most extensive damage. Approximately three-quarters of the town were damaged by the tornado that passed through. Numerous homes were demolished, as were both the middle school and high school. One death occured, as a result of a tree having fallen onto a young woman oustide her car, who had just placed her daughter into her car seat. The most severe, but more localized damage occurred in the Miller Ranch neighborhood in Manhattan, where several homes were completely destroyed. Several buildings on the Kansas StiThe Soldier, Kansas tornado was responsible for the other death. A man was killed in his mobile home when it flipped several times and was found a few miles from it's original location. The unoccupied home a few hundred feet from the mobile home went virtually untouched. Thousands of citizens turned up over the next few weeks to help with the clean-up effort in both Chapman and Manhattan.
22.72008-06-11239°30'N / 96°02'W39°34'N / 95°53'W9.00 Miles300 Yards100K0KJackson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is the second segment of a tornado that initially touched down in Pottawatomie County and then continued northeast into Jackson County before continuing northeast and dissipating in Nemaha County. This is segment 2 of 3. Upon entering Jackson County the tornado did EF1 and EF0 damage primarily to outbuildings, power poles and large trees. As the tornado continued northeast, it moved south of Soldier causing extensive damage to two farmsteads. One residence was blown off of its foundation while another sustained extensive damage to its external walls and roof. All surrounding outbuildings were destroyed. The tornado continued northeast, striking a mobile home just south of the Nemaha County border. The mobile home was destroyed, and the occupant sustained fatal injuries. The tornado then continued northeast into Nemaha County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two long lived supercells wreaked havoc across portions of north central and northeast Kansas on the night of June 11th. Three significant tornadoes touched down, caused millions of dollars in damage, killed two, and critically injured three citizens. The town of Chapman saw the most extensive damage. Approximately three-quarters of the town were damaged by the tornado that passed through. Numerous homes were demolished, as were both the middle school and high school. One death occured, as a result of a tree having fallen onto a young woman oustide her car, who had just placed her daughter into her car seat. The most severe, but more localized damage occurred in the Miller Ranch neighborhood in Manhattan, where several homes were completely destroyed. Several buildings on the Kansas StiThe Soldier, Kansas tornado was responsible for the other death. A man was killed in his mobile home when it flipped several times and was found a few miles from it's original location. The unoccupied home a few hundred feet from the mobile home went virtually untouched. Thousands of citizens turned up over the next few weeks to help with the clean-up effort in both Chapman and Manhattan.
24.71982-06-08239°22'N / 95°58'W39°26'N / 95°47'W10.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Jackson
24.81978-05-31339°22'N / 96°02'W39°28'N / 95°43'W18.10 Miles1300 Yards312.5M0Jackson
26.21991-04-26239°06'N / 96°00'W39°14'N / 95°52'W9.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Shawnee
26.71968-04-16239°04'N / 96°10'W39°24'N / 95°35'W38.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Wabaunsee
27.01959-05-02239°51'N / 96°39'W39°37'N / 96°28'W18.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Marshall
27.41966-06-08339°04'N / 96°46'W39°16'N / 96°46'W13.80 Miles660 Yards0502.5M0Riley
28.01991-04-26239°14'N / 95°52'W39°16'N / 95°49'W7.00 Miles27 Yards003K0Jackson
28.31979-10-18239°20'N / 96°01'W39°30'N / 95°36'W24.90 Miles200 Yards00250K0Jackson
28.81954-04-05239°11'N / 96°55'W39°17'N / 96°46'W10.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Geary
29.01990-03-13238°56'N / 96°29'W39°01'N / 96°27'W10.00 Miles220 Yards002.5M0Wabaunsee
29.91961-10-12239°19'N / 95°47'W1.00 Mile33 Yards003K0Jackson
31.11984-04-26239°06'N / 95°53'W0.60 Mile100 Yards04250K0Shawnee
31.31963-04-28239°48'N / 96°19'W39°52'N / 96°15'W5.60 Miles100 Yards000K0Marshall
31.51958-06-12239°02'N / 96°00'W39°02'N / 95°55'W4.30 Miles200 Yards0025K0Wabaunsee
32.81993-05-06239°37'N / 96°08'W39°58'N / 95°55'W23.00 Miles440 Yards005.0M50KNemaha
 Brief Description: The longest track tornado of the day moved southwest to northeast across Nemaha county miraculously producing no deaths or injuries. However significant damage occurred to about 20 different farms or farmsteads and related business, machinery and buildings. The tornado just missed populated areas and remained generally in fields and farm areas. Excessive rain in the days after the storm hampered cleanup. Property damage from the tornado was estimated at $1.1 million. In some areas the tornado was about 1/2 mile wide while in other areas damage was only about 100 yards wide. At times the tornado had multiple vortices.
33.01960-05-19439°11'N / 95°57'W39°13'N / 95°35'W19.60 Miles880 Yards1912.5M0Shawnee
33.01962-08-06439°31'N / 95°47'W39°23'N / 95°40'W11.00 Miles667 Yards03250K0Jackson
33.71990-03-13238°54'N / 96°34'W38°56'N / 96°29'W5.00 Miles220 Yards002.5M0Geary
34.11991-04-26238°44'N / 96°15'W39°06'N / 96°00'W28.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Wabaunsee
35.31974-03-07238°48'N / 96°26'W38°58'N / 95°57'W28.30 Miles220 Yards00250K0Wabaunsee
36.31966-05-11339°10'N / 95°48'W39°12'N / 95°37'W9.90 Miles660 Yards0025K0Shawnee
37.01956-04-02338°58'N / 95°57'W39°21'N / 95°28'W37.00 Miles790 Yards012.5M0Marion
37.51964-04-20239°27'N / 97°05'W39°36'N / 96°57'W12.40 Miles50 Yards0025K0Clay
37.71984-04-26239°14'N / 95°43'W39°21'N / 95°34'W10.00 Miles400 Yards012.5M0Jackson
38.11960-05-19239°07'N / 95°40'W39°09'N / 95°44'W4.10 Miles33 Yards003K0Shawnee
38.31959-05-29239°49'N / 96°47'W010K0Marshall
38.71974-03-08238°58'N / 95°57'W39°12'N / 95°30'W29.00 Miles220 Yards00250K0Shawnee
39.91973-09-25339°34'N / 97°02'W39°44'N / 96°58'W11.90 Miles100 Yards2625.0M0Washington
39.91973-09-25339°23'N / 97°07'W39°34'N / 97°02'W13.30 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Clay
39.91973-09-26239°21'N / 97°05'W2.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Clay
40.21956-04-02338°50'N / 95°53'W38°58'N / 95°57'W9.80 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Marion
40.31985-08-17338°48'N / 96°24'W2.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Wabaunsee
40.41963-04-28239°52'N / 96°15'W40°00'N / 95°55'W19.80 Miles100 Yards000K0Marshall
40.61981-07-19239°08'N / 95°39'W0.30 Mile150 Yards09250K0Shawnee
41.01966-06-08538°55'N / 95°55'W39°05'N / 95°35'W21.10 Miles880 Yards16450250.0M0Shawnee
41.31959-05-04239°55'N / 95°49'W39°35'N / 95°38'W24.90 Miles1760 Yards00250K0Jackson
41.41958-07-11238°55'N / 95°51'W000K0Shawnee
41.41951-05-21239°02'N / 96°58'W000K0Geary
41.61967-06-11339°10'N / 95°40'W39°32'N / 95°27'W27.80 Miles33 Yards00250K0Shawnee
42.01993-05-06239°42'N / 95°44'W39°49'N / 95°42'W8.00 Miles300 Yards00500K50KBrown
 Brief Description: The tornado began near Highway 75 about eight miles south of Fairview and moved northnortheast damaging about half dozen farmsteads before dissipating southeast of Fairview. The tornado was not on the ground continuously along its path. Debris from the tornado was reported in the sky west of Hiawatha.
42.11953-06-19239°36'N / 95°36'W000K0Jackson
42.21974-06-08438°52'N / 95°54'W38°54'N / 95°52'W1.90 Miles200 Yards000K0Shawnee
42.41966-06-08239°08'N / 97°09'W39°13'N / 97°01'W8.90 Miles100 Yards0025K0Clay
42.51988-11-15239°03'N / 95°41'W39°07'N / 95°36'W5.00 Miles70 Yards0222.5M0Shawnee
42.91971-06-06338°48'N / 96°37'W2.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Morris
42.91970-11-08239°05'N / 95°38'W1.00 Mile300 Yards0025K0Shawnee
43.01974-03-07238°44'N / 96°29'W38°48'N / 96°26'W5.10 Miles220 Yards00250K0Wabaunsee
43.21983-05-06338°54'N / 95°52'W39°03'N / 95°35'W19.00 Miles150 Yards12525.0M0Shawnee
43.31950-05-05339°37'N / 95°37'W39°39'N / 95°34'W3.30 Miles440 Yards012250K0Jackson
43.41962-08-06239°11'N / 95°34'W000K0Jefferson
43.51962-05-28238°50'N / 95°54'W38°56'N / 95°47'W0.90 Mile200 Yards00250K0Osage
44.01973-09-25339°44'N / 96°58'W40°00'N / 96°47'W20.70 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Marshall
44.21973-09-25339°18'N / 97°22'W39°54'N / 96°52'W49.20 Miles67 Yards0025.0M0Cloud
44.31951-05-25339°16'N / 97°11'W39°19'N / 97°08'W4.10 Miles440 Yards10250K0Clay
44.31979-10-18239°17'N / 97°22'W39°26'N / 96°58'W23.70 Miles400 Yards0112.5M0Clay
44.61962-05-26338°58'N / 95°42'W2.00 Miles33 Yards04250K0Shawnee
44.61962-08-06239°10'N / 95°33'W000K0Jefferson
45.01974-03-08239°12'N / 95°30'W39°25'N / 95°30'W14.90 Miles220 Yards00250K0Shawnee
45.21954-03-18238°45'N / 96°07'W003K0Wabaunsee
45.41979-10-18239°30'N / 95°36'W39°34'N / 95°25'W10.60 Miles200 Yards00250K0Atchison
45.61960-05-19439°13'N / 95°35'W39°14'N / 95°26'W7.90 Miles880 Yards01250K0Jefferson
46.01974-03-08239°25'N / 95°30'W39°40'N / 95°30'W17.20 Miles220 Yards00250K0Atchison
46.22006-04-06239°47'N / 96°52'W40°00'N / 96°56'W17.00 Miles440 Yards00750K0Washington
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down at 420pm cst 5 miles north of Barnes and was on the ground for 17 miles before crossing the state line into Gage County, Nebraska 3.5 miles east-northeast of Hollenberg, Kansas...or about 3 miles south and 0.5 miles west of Odell, Nebraska. It was caused by a supercell thunderstorm and was sighted by many storm chasers and storm spotters. Most of the damage with this tornado was rated as F0 or F1. However, strong F2 damage was noted near the intersection of Highways 36 and 148, where one brick home had the roof torn off and some of the exterior walls knocked down. The occupants of the home were in the basement and had to be helped from the damaged home by emergency personel. Four outbuildings were also damaged at this location. Elsewhere, the tornado caused damage to one other home and five additional outbuildings as well as many trees, and one home was completely destroyed just southeast of Hanover.
46.31998-06-13239°54'N / 95°47'W39°54'N / 95°47'W1.00 Mile100 Yards003.5M0Nemaha
 Brief Description: A tornado ripped through downtown Sabetha causing extensive structural damage to buildings in a two block area, as well as downing power lines and several large trees. The tornado's path extended from one-half mile west to one-half mile east of the City Hall building. Eighteen buildings in downtown sustained damage with five buildings including City Hall damaged close to the point of loss. The tornado caused 2 million in damage to City Hall alone as it destroyed half the roof and walls of the building. Away from downtown several homes and vehicles were damaged from fallen trees and limbs on the fringes of the tornado or from strong straight line winds.
46.51993-05-06239°28'N / 95°33'W39°38'N / 95°26'W12.00 Miles500 Yards00500K50KAtchison
 Brief Description: The tornado formed west of Arrington near Highway K116 moved north along the Delware River bottom crossing the river 0.5 miles west of Muscotah, then moved northeast through open country before dissipating five miles west of Huron near the county lake. The Tornado was not on the ground continuously but bounced up and down leaving many areas undamaged. At least four farmsteads sustained significant damage along with many trees and numerous power poles and cable. No injures or deaths were reported.
46.71974-06-08438°42'N / 95°58'W38°52'N / 95°54'W11.90 Miles440 Yards0025.0M0Osage
46.71962-05-31239°42'N / 95°36'W39°48'N / 95°36'W6.90 Miles13 Yards000K0Brown
47.21980-05-31239°03'N / 95°34'W2.00 Miles220 Yards00250K0Shawnee
47.31973-09-25339°08'N / 97°18'W39°23'N / 97°07'W19.80 Miles100 Yards02025.0M0Clay
47.41974-03-07238°41'N / 96°32'W38°44'N / 96°29'W4.50 Miles220 Yards00250K0Morris
47.51966-05-11339°39'N / 97°12'W39°41'N / 97°06'W5.40 Miles100 Yards00250K0Washington
47.91954-03-18239°40'N / 95°31'W000K0Brown
48.12008-06-11338°54'N / 97°07'W38°59'N / 96°57'W13.00 Miles880 Yards1320.2M0KDickinson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is the first segment of a tornado that moved through 2 counties. This tornado continued northeast out of Dickinson County and dissipated shortly after entering Geary County. The tornado first touched down at a farmstead to the north-northwest of the town of Enterprise. A grain bin was destroyed, and some tree damage was observed. Damage was also noted to another farmstead where a grain bin was destroyed, as were a center pivot and several power poles. The tornado then entered Chapman on the southwest side. It was reported that 70 homes were completely destroyed, and 215 damaged. In all, three-quarters of the buildings in town sustained damage. Two churches were demolished. The town's middle school and high school were both severely damaged. Approximately 100 residents were in the locker rooms of the high school seeking shelter from the storm when the tornado struck. Trees across town were twisted and nearly stripped of their leaves and branches. For the most part, the downtown business section received only minor damage. Once outside the town, another farmstead was hit which damaged trees and outbuildings before lifting to the northeast of town. Debris from the town was littered for several miles east of the town. Dozens of individuals sustained minor injuries. Three were critically injured. One death was reported when a tree was blown onto a woman who had just put here daughter into the carseat of her vehicle. Thousands of volunteers took part in the clean-up effort over the next few weeks. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two long lived supercells wreaked havoc across portions of north central and northeast Kansas on the night of June 11th. Three significant tornadoes touched down, caused millions of dollars in damage, killed two, and critically injured three citizens. The town of Chapman saw the most extensive damage. Approximately three-quarters of the town were damaged by the tornado that passed through. Numerous homes were demolished, as were both the middle school and high school. One death occured, as a result of a tree having fallen onto a young woman oustide her car, who had just placed her daughter into her car seat. The most severe, but more localized damage occurred in the Miller Ranch neighborhood in Manhattan, where several homes were completely destroyed. Several buildings on the Kansas StiThe Soldier, Kansas tornado was responsible for the other death. A man was killed in his mobile home when it flipped several times and was found a few miles from it's original location. The unoccupied home a few hundred feet from the mobile home went virtually untouched. Thousands of citizens turned up over the next few weeks to help with the clean-up effort in both Chapman and Manhattan.
48.71959-05-18339°49'N / 95°37'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Brown
48.71984-04-26339°24'N / 95°26'W39°25'N / 95°25'W1.00 Mile1200 Yards0025.0M0Jefferson
49.01958-07-11239°00'N / 95°34'W000K0Shawnee
49.41990-03-13238°36'N / 96°58'W38°54'N / 96°34'W30.00 Miles220 Yards002.5M0Morris
49.41950-05-05339°39'N / 95°34'W39°51'N / 95°31'W14.00 Miles440 Yards00250K0Brown
49.51969-06-17238°40'N / 96°36'W38°42'N / 96°29'W6.20 Miles37 Yards06250K0Morris


* 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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