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The chance of earthquake damage in Putnam County is about the same as Ohio average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Putnam County is higher than Ohio average and is higher than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #27

Putnam County
0.08
Ohio
0.16
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

Putnam County
0.0000
Ohio
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, #31

Putnam County
172.98
Ohio
156.02
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 14,872 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Putnam County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:12Cold:28Dense Fog:7Drought:14
Dust Storm:0Flood:1,313Hail:3,869Heat:23Heavy Snow:164
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:63Landslide:0Strong Wind:237
Thunderstorm Winds:8,523Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:217Winter Weather:32
Other:370 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Putnam County.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Putnam County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
43.31937-03-095.5N/A40.4-84.2

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 51 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Putnam County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.22001-10-24340°53'N / 84°19'W41°09'N / 83°54'W29.00 Miles440 Yards001.0M0Putnam
 Brief Description: Tornado touched down in extreme southeast Van Wert county northwest of Delphos as an F0 and moved northeast into Putnam county southwest of Fort Jennings. F3 damage occurred 2 miles southwest of Ottawa in Putnam county with significant damage to well built homes and structures. The tornado was skipping across northeast Putnam county with F1-F2 damage before lifting just south of the Henry county line east of Belmore.
2.71964-06-15240°59'N / 84°10'W41°02'N / 84°00'W8.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Putnam
10.71974-04-03241°02'N / 84°24'W41°07'N / 84°15'W9.20 Miles350 Yards00250K0Paulding
11.22002-11-10341°05'N / 84°20'W41°10'N / 84°16'W7.20 Miles440 Yards2000Putnam
 Brief Description: This tornado originated in Van Wert county and moved across Paulding county into Putnam county about 4 miles west southwest of Continental. NWS ground and aerial survey found F3 damage as the tornado entered Putnam county, striking a mobile home and killing a husband and wife. The tornado moved northeast across the northwest corner of Putnam county, quickly weakening to an F0 as it exited the county 4.5 miles north of Continental. M72MH, F67MH On Sunday, November 10th, 2002 a cold front trailed from a deep surface low over northern Lake Michigan into central Missouri. Ahead of the cold front the KILN (Wilmington, OH) 1200 UTC sounding showed an unstable airmass with CAPE (Convectively Available Potential Energy) of 1148 J/kg and a Storm Relative Helicity (SRH) of 408 m/s2. Another sounding at 1800 UTC showed CAPE had increased on a modified sounding to 1313 J/kg, with SRH increasing to 587 m/s2. A broken squall line developed from Indianapolis to Fort Wayne Indiana and Defiance Ohio with the cold front. A small low topped supercell developed ahead of the line over Blackford county Indiana and was moving northeast at 50 MPH. This parent supercell produced 3 seperate tornadoes in Indiana (see StormData, Indiana, Northeast for more information) before crossing into Ohio. There the supercell intensified and a tornado touched down in Van Wert County Ohio, reaching F4 in strength as it reached the city of Van Wert. The tornado then moved northeast with a total path length of 53 miles, producing F3 damage in Paulding and Putnam counties, and F0 damage in Defiance and Henry counties.
13.62002-11-10340°59'N / 84°27'W41°05'N / 84°20'W9.00 Miles440 Yards0000Paulding
 Brief Description: This tornado originated in Van Wert county and crossed into Paulding county 3 miles southwest of Roselms and exited Paulding county about 2.5 miles southeast of Oakwood. NWS ground and aerial survey found F3 damage along the entire path in Paulding county, with only one structure remaining standing in the town of Roselms, in which the town residents had taken cover in the basement. On Sunday, November 10th, 2002 a cold front trailed from a deep surface low over northern Lake Michigan into central Missouri. Ahead of the cold front the KILN (Wilmington, OH) 1200 UTC sounding showed an unstable airmass with CAPE (Convectively Available Potential Energy) of 1148 J/kg and a Storm Relative Helicity (SRH) of 408 m/s2. Another sounding at 1800 UTC showed CAPE had increased on a modified sounding to 1313 J/kg, with SRH increasing to 587 m/s2. A broken squall line developed from Indianapolis to Fort Wayne Indiana and Defiance Ohio with the cold front. A small low topped supercell developed ahead of the line over Blackford county Indiana and was moving northeast at 50 MPH. This parent supercell produced 3 seperate tornadoes in Indiana (see StormData, Indiana, Northeast for more information) before crossing into Ohio. There the supercell intensified and a tornado touched down in Van Wert County Ohio, reaching F4 in strength as it reached the city of Van Wert. The tornado then moved northeast with a total path length of 53 miles, producing F3 damage in Paulding and Putnam counties, and F0 damage in Defiance and Henry counties.
14.11965-04-11440°48'N / 84°12'W40°52'N / 83°52'W17.80 Miles400 Yards111002.5M0Allen
15.61974-04-03341°03'N / 84°27'W41°10'N / 84°22'W8.70 Miles177 Yards01250K0Paulding
17.41986-07-12241°14'N / 84°21'W41°13'N / 84°19'W3.30 Miles73 Yards002.5M0Defiance
18.11950-07-19340°43'N / 84°05'W40°50'N / 83°58'W9.70 Miles300 Yards0302.5M0Allen
18.21983-05-02241°14'N / 84°01'W41°17'N / 83°55'W5.00 Miles83 Yards002.5M0Henry
19.91953-06-08441°13'N / 83°54'W41°15'N / 83°50'W3.30 Miles33 Yards510K0Henry
21.31970-05-12241°26'N / 84°12'W41°14'N / 84°06'W14.40 Miles50 Yards0025K0Henry
22.21965-04-11440°52'N / 83°52'W40°57'N / 83°36'W14.70 Miles400 Yards24250K0Hancock
23.31980-07-09241°01'N / 83°41'W0.20 Mile50 Yards003K0Hancock
23.41971-06-02340°55'N / 84°00'W40°56'N / 83°24'W31.50 Miles200 Yards0025K0Allen
26.31971-06-02341°05'N / 84°00'W40°59'N / 83°15'W39.60 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Putnam
26.42002-11-10440°47'N / 84°46'W40°59'N / 84°26'W21.60 Miles880 Yards21730.0M0Van Wert
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down in the southwest corner of Van Wert County about 4 miles northeast of Willshire and moved northeast across the western portion of the city of Van Wert, and then crossed U.S. 30 and continued northeast before exiting the county about 7 miles east of Scott. NWS ground and aerial surveys showed the tornado quickly intensified to F4 about 5 miles southwest of the city of Van Wert near Zook road, where a 75 year old male was killed in his home. The tornado continued moving northeast as an F4 into the city of Van Wert, were it hit the Twin Cinemas and the Vision Industrial Park. At this point the tornado was about one half mile wide. 60 persons watching a movie in the cinemas, mostly children, took shelter before the tornado hit, with only minor injuries. Vehicles from the parking lot were thrown into the seats where the children had been sitting. An 18 year old male driving past the cinemas was thrown from his vehicle and killed. The tornado then destroyed five industries in the Vision Industrial Park, before moving north of U.S. 30, producing F4 damage to additional businesses and homes. The tornado weakened to F3 as it moved northeast and crossed into Paulding county. 164 homes were damaged in Van Wert county, and 43 were totally destroyed. 27 businesses sustained damage, with 5 totally destroyed in Vision Park. Three county engineer buildings were destroyed, with one house used by a township. Total damage in Van Wert county was near 30 million dollars. M18VE, M75PH On Sunday, November 10th, 2002 a cold front trailed from a deep surface low over northern Lake Michigan into central Missouri. Ahead of the cold front the KILN (Wilmington, OH) 1200 UTC sounding showed an unstable airmass with CAPE (Convectively Available Potential Energy) of 1148 J/kg and a Storm Relative Helicity (SRH) of 408 m/s2. Another sounding at 1800 UTC showed CAPE had increased on a modified sounding to 1313 J/kg, with SRH increasing to 587 m/s2. A broken squall line developed from Indianapolis to Fort Wayne Indiana and Defiance Ohio with the cold front. A small low topped supercell developed ahead of the line over Blackford county Indiana and was moving northeast at 50 MPH. This parent supercell produced 3 seperate tornadoes in Indiana (see StormData, Indiana, Northeast for more information) before crossing into Ohio. There the supercell intensified and a tornado touched down in Van Wert County Ohio, reaching F4 in strength as it reached the city of Van Wert. The tornado then moved northeast with a total path length of 53 miles, producing F3 damage in Paulding and Putnam counties, and F0 damage in Defiance and Henry counties.
27.02010-10-26240°37'N / 84°10'W40°39'N / 84°07'W3.00 Miles110 Yards00230K0KAuglaize
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down in Auglaize County at 1059 EST and continued into Allen County at 1102 EST before lifting at 1103 EST. The path width was 110 yards in Auglaize County and 20 yards in Allen County. The tornado traveled for 2.53 miles in Auglaize County and then 1.39 miles in Allen County. The damage was consistent with winds around 110 miles per hour in Auglaize County and 75 miles per hour in Allen County. The tornado was rated an EF2 in Auglaize County and an EF0 in Allen County. The tornado initially touched down southwest of Cridersville where the tornado destroyed a barn. The tornado briefly lifted and then touched down in Cridersville. Damage in Cridersville included roofs blown off of houses, a house shifted off of the foundation, a house with major structural damage, and a half collapsed brick gymnasium. Objects were also impaled into the side of buildings. The tornado again briefly lifted and then touched down again in Allen County near McClain Road, north of Hume Road. At this location a quarter of a metal roof was pulled off of a metal barn. Damage estimates in Auglaize County are 230,000 dollars and in Allen County damage estimates are 8,000 dollars. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A historically deep low pressure system sent a very strong cold front into a marginally unstable, but very sheared environment. A line of storms formed west of the area overnight and moved into the region during the peak heating hours of the day. Severe wind gusts occurred along the entire line with multiple tornadoes occurring around the region as well.
28.51983-05-02341°20'N / 83°50'W41°22'N / 83°45'W5.00 Miles100 Yards12225.0M0Wood
28.71965-04-11440°44'N / 84°42'W40°46'N / 84°23'W16.50 Miles33 Yards04250K0Van Wert
28.71950-07-19240°48'N / 84°37'W40°49'N / 84°35'W000K0Van Wert
30.41992-02-18440°44'N / 84°34'W2.80 Miles40 Yards062.5M0Van Wert
30.41953-06-08441°15'N / 83°50'W41°16'N / 83°26'W20.50 Miles33 Yards380K0Wood
30.72006-03-31240°45'N / 84°37'W40°46'N / 84°35'W2.00 Miles300 Yards001.0M0Van Wert
 Brief Description: The tornado was likely produced as the result of a line of thunderstorms overtaking an isolated supercell thunderstorm ahead of the line. The circulation which produced the tornado intensified shortly after the merger of the line and isolated supercell. The tornado developed near the intersection of Burris Road and Walnut Grove Church Road about 1 mile south of Ohio City. The tornado tracked to the east-northeast for roughly 2 miles before dissipating near Greenville Rd about 2 miles east of Ohio City. Damage along the first half of the tornado track was consistent with F2 intensity, with winds estimated at 140-150 mph and an initial path width of about 300 yards. In this area, 3 barns were completely destroyed, with another 5 sustaining damage. A garage was destroyed, and several houses received damage including roof, siding, and windows. Several grain bins were also damaged, along with other miscellaneous vehicle and property damage, including several tractors, a combine and other farm implements. Damage along the second half of the tornado track was consistent with F1 intensity, with the path width narrowing to about 25 yards. Several buildings sustained roof, siding, and window damage, with several instances of trailer and vehicle damage.
31.11951-04-28241°00'N / 83°40'W41°06'N / 83°24'W15.20 Miles33 Yards052.5M0Hancock
31.41975-11-10240°54'N / 83°33'W0.30 Mile30 Yards00250K0Hancock
33.42002-11-10241°07'N / 83°30'W41°07'N / 83°30'W3.50 Miles50 Yards0011.0M0Hancock
 Brief Description: An F1 tornado touched down to the northeast of Arcadia in northeastern Hancock County. The initial touchdown occurred just south of State Route 12 and to the east of County Road 330. From this location the tornado moved northeast and strengthened to F2 intensity as it entered the southwest end of Fostoria. Two businesses were heavily damaged on the outskirts of Fostoria along State Route 12. One of the two, a fertilizer business, had two of it's four buildings completely leveled and the remaining two heavily damaged. A nearby gas storage facility had two large storage tanks damaged. Nearby, the tornado derailed two railroad cars near the West Tiffin Street crossing and toppled 19 high voltage transmission poles interrupting power for a large area. Extensive damage was done to neighborhoods on the southwest side of Tiffin with Jeannette Drive, Vickie Lane and West Tiffin Streets hardest hit. As the tornado neared downtown Fostoria it tore the roof off of a high school which allowed rain water to enter the building and damage all three floors. Total damage to the school was estimated to be well over $500,000. Just east of the school, the community hospital was hit and sustained over $1 million in damage. The tornado lifted just east of the hospital and touched down a second time on the northeast side of Fostoria (Seneca County). In Fostoria, eight homes were destroyed with nine more homes damaged enough to be declared uninhabitable. An additional 60 to 70 homes sustained minor damage with dozens of cars damaged in varying amounts. Hundreds of trees and power poles were downed along the damage path which was around 50 yards in width.
33.71992-07-12241°22'N / 83°40'W0.10 Mile100 Yards0525K0Wood
34.42010-06-05241°29'N / 84°00'W41°31'N / 83°52'W7.00 Miles700 Yards00500K0KFulton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down along Highway 109 just north of County Road A and moved northeast, impacting several homes, trees and power lines. Several homes were severely damaged or destroyed (DI:FR12 DOD: 8). However, improper anchoring of some of the homes resulted in a failure on all walls, resulting in their destruction. Several trees were uprooted or damaged, including through the Maumee State Forest. The tornado ended near the Fulton/Lucas county line. The maximum width of the tornado was around 700 yards with maximum wind speeds estimated around 130 mph. Damage is estimated at $500,000. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A warm front worked north towards lower Michigan during the evening hours of the 5th. Storms were initially slow to organize, but quickly intensified and became supercellular. One of these storms tracked into Fulton county and quickly spawned a tornado north of Liberty Center. The tornado remained on the ground for roughly 7 miles producing damage along its track before dissipating near the Fulton/Lucas county line.
35.02008-05-31241°05'N / 83°31'W41°08'N / 83°25'W6.00 Miles100 Yards061.0M0KHancock
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down in northeastern Hancock County about two miles southwest of Arcadia near the intersection of Township Roads 214 and 254. The tornado continued northeast for about six miles before moving into Seneca County on the south end of Fostoria. The total tornado path length was over eight miles. The track was parallel to State Route 12 and about a mile to the south of the road. The tornado was initially an EF1 but strengthened to EF2 intensity after crossing County Road 330. The tornado returned to EF1 intensity just before reaching County Road 23 on the southwest edge of Fostoria. The damage path had a maximum width of around 100 yards. Around a dozen properties sustained damage from this tornado. At least two homes were destroyed with several others heavily damaged. Many outbuildings were also damaged. Hundreds of trees were toppled along the damage path. At least six people were treated at a Fostoria hospital for cuts and bruises. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front trailing an area of low pressure over the central Great Lakes moved into western Ohio during the late evening hours of May 30th. Showers and thunderstorms developed in advance of this front and moved across northern Ohio during the early morning hours of May 31st. A few of these thunderstorms became severe with one producing a tornado.
35.21965-08-25241°30'N / 84°24'W41°32'N / 84°13'W9.40 Miles880 Yards012.5M0Williams
35.51992-07-12241°32'N / 84°14'W2.00 Miles150 Yards082.5M0Fulton
36.31964-06-15240°52'N / 83°28'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Wyandot
36.51957-07-04241°28'N / 84°34'W41°27'N / 84°30'W2.70 Miles33 Yards00250K0Williams
38.11980-04-08241°17'N / 83°29'W1.50 Miles100 Yards07250K0Wood
38.71965-04-11440°42'N / 84°48'W40°44'N / 84°42'W5.10 Miles33 Yards2242.5M0Mercer
38.81971-05-24340°29'N / 83°56'W1.00 Mile150 Yards0025K0Logan
39.11992-07-12241°31'N / 83°49'W41°31'N / 83°42'W5.00 Miles200 Yards012.5M0Lucas
39.71971-08-10241°18'N / 84°48'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Defiance
40.11992-07-12240°41'N / 84°45'W40°44'N / 84°48'W3.00 Miles73 Yards00250K0Mercer
40.31964-06-15240°56'N / 83°22'W07250K0Wyandot
41.61992-07-12241°31'N / 83°42'W41°31'N / 83°38'W2.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Wood
44.51971-05-16241°33'N / 83°38'W1.00 Mile150 Yards0025K0Wood
44.51992-07-12241°33'N / 83°38'W0.10 Mile150 Yards05250K0Wood
44.81986-08-26240°54'N / 85°01'W40°55'N / 84°56'W5.00 Miles3 Yards022.5M0Adams
45.32002-11-10340°40'N / 84°55'W40°44'N / 84°51'W5.00 Miles200 Yards00125K0Adams
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down 2 miles northeast of Berne and moved just northeast of Salem before lifting. An NWS ground survey found F3 damage at times 200 yards wide northeast of Berne. Much of the damage was to extremely well built Amish barns and homes. A mobile home was also destroyed near Salem.
45.61965-04-11440°21'N / 84°23'W40°23'N / 84°02'W18.40 Miles300 Yards3502.5M0Shelby
47.31992-07-02240°50'N / 85°00'W1.50 Miles50 Yards00250K0Adams
47.41973-05-10240°46'N / 83°30'W40°42'N / 83°07'W20.40 Miles267 Yards0025K0Wyandot
48.31965-04-11440°38'N / 85°03'W40°42'N / 84°48'W13.70 Miles33 Yards13725.0M0Adams
49.81961-05-06341°33'N / 84°48'W41°34'N / 84°45'W1.90 Miles813 Yards0025K0Williams


* 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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