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

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

Earthquake Index, #25

Russell County
0.06
Alabama
0.08
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

Russell County
0.0000
Alabama
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, #52

Russell County
173.55
Alabama
255.80
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 10,017 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Russell County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:63Dense Fog:3Drought:106
Dust Storm:0Flood:494Hail:2,920Heat:75Heavy Snow:61
High Surf:0Hurricane:6Ice Storm:22Landslide:0Strong Wind:78
Thunderstorm Winds:5,449Tropical Storm:26Wildfire:5Winter Storm:25Winter Weather:68
Other:616 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Russell County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Russell County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 55 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Russell County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.51961-02-24232°14'N / 85°24'W32°23'N / 85°00'W25.60 Miles33 Yards0425K0Russell
10.11954-03-13332°20'N / 85°02'W32°21'N / 85°01'W1.90 Miles880 Yards0025K0Russell
11.11964-12-26232°27'N / 85°11'W0025K0Russell
12.21963-04-30232°27'N / 85°12'W32°27'N / 85°00'W11.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Russell
12.31981-04-01332°15'N / 85°24'W32°15'N / 85°23'W22325.0M0Russell
12.41954-12-05232°27'N / 85°17'W0025K0Russell
13.21954-03-13332°21'N / 85°01'W32°22'N / 84°56'W5.10 Miles600 Yards22025.0M0Chattahoochee
13.52008-02-17232°05'N / 85°09'W32°08'N / 85°03'W8.00 Miles1000 Yards04120K0KRussell
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near the intersection of US Highway 431 and CR-51 in the southern portion of the county. It then tracked northeastward to the Chattahoochee River near the Cottonton community, before crossing the river into Georgia. The most significant damage was located near CR-12. At least two mobile homes were destroyed and two frame houses received significant damage. Numerous trees were either snapped off or were uprooted along the path. At least one vehicle was flipped over. Four injuries were reported. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A broken squall line, sparked by an advancing cold front and strong upper level storm, caused severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across Central Alabama.
14.11991-03-29232°28'N / 85°04'W2.00 Miles300 Yards0162.5M0Russell
14.81961-03-31332°26'N / 85°02'W32°27'N / 84°59'W3.00 Miles167 Yards0725K0Russell
15.62009-04-19232°27'N / 85°01'W32°28'N / 85°00'W1.00 Mile250 Yards00500K0KRussell
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near the intersection of 22nd Avenue and 17th Street in Phenix City. It then traveled northeast through the south end of Phenix City, and crossed the Chattahoochee River and moved into Muscogee County Georgia. Five businesses sustained major damage, and seven homes received varying degrees of roof damage. At least 100 and as many as 200 trees were snapped or uprooted. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful spring storm system and associated cold front brought numerous thunderstorms to central Alabama. Many of the storms produced large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.
16.21978-05-01232°28'N / 85°03'W32°29'N / 84°59'W4.30 Miles150 Yards04250K0Russell
17.21984-05-03232°31'N / 85°04'W0.40 Mile100 Yards01250K0Lee
18.91961-03-31332°27'N / 84°59'W32°31'N / 84°56'W5.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Muscogee
19.01953-04-18332°36'N / 85°35'W32°30'N / 85°00'W34.70 Miles33 Yards61952.5M0Lee
19.31953-04-18332°30'N / 85°00'W32°29'N / 84°55'W5.10 Miles400 Yards230025.0M0Muscogee
20.82009-02-28232°35'N / 85°15'W32°36'N / 85°07'W8.00 Miles500 Yards031.1M0KLee
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down southwest of the community of Salem. It then moved just north of due east, crossing US-280 and several smaller county roads, before lifting at CR-379. Winds estimated at 125-130 mph destroyed 6 mobile homes and 4 site built homes, badly damaged 8 homes, and caused minor damage to 9 others. Two area businesses were destroyed, one other received minor damage, and one school building was damaged. Hundreds of trees were snapped off and uprooted, and one 18-wheeler was overturned. There were three minor injuries reported, only one that required hospitalization. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A slow moving cold front brought an extended period of severe weather and heavy rain, that lasted about 24 hours. The storms produced damaging winds, large hail, flooding rains, and at least 4 tornadoes.
21.41978-05-01232°29'N / 84°59'W32°30'N / 84°50'W8.90 Miles150 Yards032.5M0Muscogee
21.61975-01-10232°36'N / 85°14'W002.5M0Lee
22.02007-03-01232°29'N / 85°00'W32°34'N / 84°52'W9.00 Miles300 Yards0128.0M0KMuscogee
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A survey conducted by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City and the National Weather Service in Calera, Alabama, concluded that an EF2 tornado, that originated in Russell county, Alabama, tracked across northwest and north central Muscogee county. The tornado first touched down in extreme northeast Russell county, Alabama about three miles from the Georgia border, then crossed into extreme southeast Lee county, Alabama, and then entered Georgia as it moved across the north end of Lake Oliver, about 1.5 miles west-southwest of Green Island Hills. The tornado continued to travel east-northeast across north Muscogee county, including the north suburbs of Columbus (Green Island Hills, Brookstone, Autumn Ridge, Hamilton Station, and Old Moon Road), before finally lifting three miles west of Midland in north central Muscogee county. The overall tornado path length was approximately 12 miles, with about nine miles of the tornado path within Georgia. The maximum path width was 300 yards. The heaviest damage occurred in the 6200 block of Brookstone Boulevard just north of U.S. Highway 80 in the northwest part of Columbus. Several homes in this area suffered heavy damage and at least one injury was confirmed. In addition, several commercial buildings on Veterans Parkway sustained substantial structural damage. Windows were blown out, large air conditioning units were tossed about, large metal business signs were blown down, and power poles were twisted and blown down. The Hawthorn Suites on North Lake Parkway was destroyed from roof and water damage. Nearby, the Ramada Inn under construction also suffered considerable damage while a nearby Holiday Inn Express sustained minor damage. In addition, several churches, including Wynnbrook Baptist, Saint Mark's United Methodist, and Old Moon Road Churches were heavily damaged. Hundreds of trees were down in the area, a number of which fell on parked cars. Many power lines were down and thousands were left without power, some for over a day. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A major, negatively tilted and closed upper trough rotated through the mid-south and southeast U.S. on March 1st. A 150kt jet was located over the region at 250mb with a strong 50kt low-level jet from central Alabama into central Tennessee. A wedge of cool air was present over much of north central and northeast Georgia. Rain, which spread over this area early in the day, helped enhance the wedge of cool air. Little to no severe weather was noted north of the wedge boundary across north Georgia where the air mass remained relatively cool and stable. Meanwhile...a warm, humid air mass was present across much of central and south Georgia where dewpoints had risen well into the 60s during the afternoon. The strong upper dynamics present over this region combined with the instability just south of the wedge provided a very favorable environment for long lived, strong tornadoes. A total of 14 tornadoes affecting 17 counties tracked across central and east central Georgia and within the Peachtree City, Georgia county warning area during the late afternoon and evening hours of March 1st. This was the second greatest number of tornadoes recorded to have occurred in the Peachtree City, Georgia forecast area within a 24-hour period, second only to the 16 tornadoes, affecting 18 counties, associated with Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The March 1st tornadoes spanned an area from Stewart county in the far southwest part of the county warning area to Warren county in the far east central portion of the county warning area. The first tornado touched down in Stewart county at 4:11 pm EST and the last tornado lifted in Marion county at 10:55 pm EST. By far the hardest hit county was Sumter county, and especially the city of Americus, where hundreds of homes and business, including the regional hospital, were heavily damaged or destroyed. Additional tornadoes were reported further south in Tallahassee and Jacksonville's, Florida's forecast areas. Federal disaster assistance had been approved for 1,836 households across the state for a total of $14.2 million. Another $5.8 million had been approved for public assistance of debris removal and to repair infrastructure. The Small Business Association also approved $7 million in disaster assistance loans. Overall damages, however, are estimated to be several hundred million. Substantial rainfall fell across much of the state, but rainfall amounts of three to five inches were common across central and east central areas. The heaviest rainfall fell in the Hancock, Putnam, and Baldwin county areas, where some spots received in excess of six inches of rain. Some flooding was reported in these areas.
24.81954-12-05231°56'N / 85°23'W31°56'N / 85°05'W17.50 Miles100 Yards033K0Barbour
25.51954-12-05231°56'N / 85°05'W31°58'N / 84°57'W8.20 Miles100 Yards00250K0Quitman
25.61984-05-03232°26'N / 85°37'W32°26'N / 85°34'W3.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Macon
26.51980-04-13232°36'N / 85°27'W32°41'N / 85°17'W11.30 Miles440 Yards0132.5M0Lee
26.81954-12-05332°41'N / 85°25'W32°40'N / 85°05'W19.40 Miles100 Yards04250K0Lee
27.71954-12-05231°58'N / 84°57'W32°09'N / 84°39'W21.60 Miles100 Yards120250K0Stewart
29.01975-01-10232°18'N / 85°41'W1.00 Mile100 Yards09250K0Macon
29.01961-04-09232°03'N / 84°48'W32°05'N / 84°44'W4.90 Miles300 Yards000K0Stewart
30.01970-04-19232°39'N / 84°54'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0125K0Harris
30.91970-03-20232°40'N / 84°54'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0125K0Harris
33.81964-10-04231°48'N / 85°12'W023K0Barbour
35.51954-12-05232°09'N / 84°39'W32°10'N / 84°33'W6.20 Miles100 Yards08250K0Webster
35.81957-06-28231°48'N / 85°40'W31°58'N / 85°28'W16.50 Miles100 Yards0125K0Barbour
36.81972-01-13331°43'N / 85°22'W31°50'N / 85°20'W8.40 Miles200 Yards00250K0Barbour
36.91954-12-05332°40'N / 85°05'W32°52'N / 84°43'W24.80 Miles200 Yards01250K0Harris
37.51970-03-19332°50'N / 85°12'W2.00 Miles200 Yards214250K0Chambers
38.71954-12-05232°18'N / 84°35'W32°20'N / 84°28'W7.40 Miles150 Yards0725K0Marion
39.21953-04-18232°19'N / 84°31'W0.20 Mile700 Yards02250K0Marion
39.21972-01-10232°44'N / 85°35'W32°47'N / 85°33'W4.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Chambers
39.21980-05-20231°44'N / 85°35'W31°52'N / 85°28'W11.50 Miles50 Yards0125K0Barbour
40.21953-04-30232°20'N / 84°30'W0.30 Mile20 Yards0325K0Marion
41.01957-04-08231°52'N / 84°42'W31°55'N / 84°38'W5.20 Miles200 Yards0125K0Randolph
41.11974-04-02232°53'N / 85°14'W0025K0Chambers
41.91954-12-05232°10'N / 84°33'W32°11'N / 84°25'W7.90 Miles100 Yards00250K0Stewart
42.12006-11-15231°48'N / 85°39'W31°50'N / 85°38'W3.00 Miles650 Yards005K0KBarbour
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The Hamilton Crossroads tornado crossed from Pike into Barbour County, and traveled another 3 miles before lifting. Damage in the Barbour County portion was relatively minor, and consisted of mainly downed trees. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong storm system brought severe weather and heavy rainfall to much of Central Alabama.
43.21986-11-25331°38'N / 85°42'W31°53'N / 85°27'W22.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Barbour
44.41969-04-18432°13'N / 86°00'W32°13'N / 85°53'W6.80 Miles500 Yards03250K0Bullock
44.51961-05-09232°56'N / 85°09'W0.80 Mile50 Yards0025K0Troup
45.11972-01-13331°36'N / 85°24'W31°43'N / 85°22'W8.40 Miles200 Yards02250K0Henry
45.11956-12-23232°25'N / 86°01'W32°36'N / 85°49'W17.30 Miles100 Yards000K0Elmore
47.22007-03-01331°55'N / 84°33'W31°58'N / 84°26'W8.00 Miles1790 Yards031.0M0KWebster
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, GA concluded that a strong, violent, and long-lived EF3 tornado tracked across southeast Webster, much of Sumter, and far southern Macon counties. The tornado touched down near Chambliss on the Webster/Terrell county line and tracked east-northeast exiting the county into Sumter county near Bottsford. While the overall path length of the tornado was around 40 miles, the path length within Webster county was between seven and eight miles. While the tornado reached its maximum path width of 1.0 mile in Sumter county near Americus, it was determined to be less than this within Webster county. A path of significant damage was noted across southeast Webster county. A concrete block house and two machine shops on East Centerpoint Road just northeast of Chambliss were completely destroyed. Three injuries resulted from the damage here. Twenty-five feet of asphalt in front of the home was also ripped up by the tornado. On a nearby farm, five cows were killed when they were tossed about by the tornado. A tractor-trailer traveling on Georgia Highway 520 near Chambliss was overturned causing it to catch on fire and burn. Very nearby, at the intersection of Georgia Highway 520 and TV Tower Road, a 1096 foot Georgia Public Television transmission tower was destroyed when two-thirds of the tower was twisted off by the tornado and destroyed. Only 150 feet of the 1096 foot tower was left standing after the tornado passed. Numerous trees and power lines were also down in the area. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A major, negatively tilted and closed upper trough rotated through the mid-south and southeast U.S. on March 1st. A 150kt jet was located over the region at 250mb with a strong 50kt low-level jet from central Alabama into central Tennessee. A wedge of cool air was present over much of north central and northeast Georgia. Rain, which spread over this area early in the day, helped enhance the wedge of cool air. Little to no severe weather was noted north of the wedge boundary across north Georgia where the air mass remained relatively cool and stable. Meanwhile...a warm, humid air mass was present across much of central and south Georgia where dewpoints had risen well into the 60s during the afternoon. The strong upper dynamics present over this region combined with the instability just south of the wedge provided a very favorable environment for long lived, strong tornadoes. A total of 14 tornadoes affecting 17 counties tracked across central and east central Georgia and within the Peachtree City, Georgia county warning area during the late afternoon and evening hours of March 1st. This was the second greatest number of tornadoes recorded to have occurred in the Peachtree City, Georgia forecast area within a 24-hour period, second only to the 16 tornadoes, affecting 18 counties, associated with Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The March 1st tornadoes spanned an area from Stewart county in the far southwest part of the county warning area to Warren county in the far east central portion of the county warning area. The first tornado touched down in Stewart county at 4:11 pm EST and the last tornado lifted in Marion county at 10:55 pm EST. By far the hardest hit county was Sumter county, and especially the city of Americus, where hundreds of homes and business, including the regional hospital, were heavily damaged or destroyed. Additional tornadoes were reported further south in Tallahassee and Jacksonville's, Florida's forecast areas. Federal disaster assistance had been approved for 1,836 households across the state for a total of $14.2 million. Another $5.8 million had been approved for public assistance of debris removal and to repair infrastructure. The Small Business Association also approved $7 million in disaster assistance loans. Overall damages, however, are estimated to be several hundred million. Substantial rainfall fell across much of the state, but rainfall amounts of three to five inches were common across central and east central areas. The heaviest rainfall fell in the Hancock, Putnam, and Baldwin county areas, where some spots received in excess of six inches of rain. Some flooding was reported in these areas.
48.01954-12-05232°11'N / 84°25'W32°11'N / 84°20'W4.90 Miles100 Yards04250K0Schley
48.11971-04-23331°48'N / 84°36'W31°55'N / 84°29'W10.60 Miles500 Yards01250K0Paulding
48.31971-04-23331°46'N / 84°38'W31°48'N / 84°36'W3.30 Miles500 Yards00250K0Randolph
49.02002-11-05231°34'N / 85°18'W31°36'N / 85°13'W6.00 Miles200 Yards1203.0M0Henry
 Brief Description: The supercell thunderstorm which spawned the tornado in Dale County, produced another tornado which touched down just west of U.S. Highway 431, and tore through the center of Abbeville. It destroyed several single-family homes and mobile homes, and severely damaged numerous other homes and businesses, including the high school. Uprooted trees and power lines littered city streets, with nearly 2,000 residents without electricity. Twenty people were injured, with a half of those hospitalized. A man died when the tornado destroyed his home on Rock Hill Circle. Henry County was declared a state disaster area. Reported by the Henry County EMA. M54PH


* 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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