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

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

Earthquake Index, #58

Sarasota County
0.00
Florida
0.01
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

Sarasota County
0.0000
Florida
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, #12

Sarasota County
206.60
Florida
185.89
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 4,785 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Sarasota County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:21Dense Fog:43Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:448Hail:1,166Heat:3Heavy Snow:0
High Surf:0Hurricane:8Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:31
Thunderstorm Winds:1,974Tropical Storm:9Wildfire:51Winter Storm:0Winter Weather:1
Other:1,030 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Sarasota County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Sarasota County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 43 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Sarasota County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
3.81971-12-03227°07'N / 82°23'W27°09'N / 82°18'W5.90 Miles50 Yards0025K0Sarasota
5.01971-12-03227°08'N / 82°28'W27°11'N / 82°25'W4.90 Miles100 Yards0325K0Sarasota
5.91968-11-09227°06'N / 82°27'W27°08'N / 82°24'W4.10 Miles100 Yards02250K0Sarasota
9.11970-02-03227°04'N / 82°26'W00250K0Sarasota
9.21985-03-17327°05'N / 82°29'W27°04'N / 82°25'W3.00 Miles400 Yards24525.0M0Sarasota
9.31951-03-12227°06'N / 82°29'W2.00 Miles77 Yards0025K0Sarasota
14.71969-06-13227°21'N / 82°31'W003K0Sarasota
15.01968-11-11226°58'N / 82°22'W0025K0Sarasota
19.11968-07-30227°00'N / 82°08'W0.30 Mile27 Yards2025K0Charlotte
19.61971-12-03227°01'N / 82°10'W27°01'N / 82°03'W7.30 Miles100 Yards05250K0Sarasota
19.61968-10-18227°25'N / 82°33'W0.10 Mile50 Yards0025K0Manatee
20.21972-02-01227°25'N / 82°10'W0.50 Mile100 Yards00250K0Manatee
21.01956-02-10227°27'N / 82°32'W000K0Manatee
21.12006-06-21226°59'N / 82°07'W26°57'N / 82°08'W3.00 Miles70 Yards03500K0Charlotte
 Brief Description: A small but destructive tornado rapidly developed near the merger of the east and west coast sea breezes over Port Charlotte. The first touch down was just northeast of the Charlotte County Cultural Center. It then moved southwest for about three miles ending around the 4200 block of Rock Creek Drive. It caused damage in several locations along its path, most of which was rated as F0/F1 on the Fujita Scale. However, damage rated as F2 occurred on the 300 block of East Tarpon Boulevard NW. One home wa
21.11972-02-01227°25'N / 82°35'W27°27'N / 82°33'W3.30 Miles400 Yards03250K0Manatee
22.21955-10-29227°24'N / 82°38'W000K0Manatee
22.21993-04-05226°58'N / 82°06'W2.00 Miles100 Yards015.0M0Charlotte
 Brief Description: A tornado moved through a residential area of Port Charlotte and moved rapidly northeastward causing a 2-mile path of destruction. In all, 69 houses were damaged, 17 of which were severely damaged and one was destroyed. A male resident of this house was cut on the forearm and received a hairline fracture of his foot as the roof was completely lifted off the structure. Promenades Mall was then hit, severely damaging a Bryons department store which will be closed for 5 months for repairs, a supermarket, a medical center, a motel and several other small businesses. Many trees were uprooted, fences damaged, screen enclosures and outbuildings were destroyed. A wind gust of 61 mph was observed at Punta Gorda Airport at 0147 EST. Damage was estimated at $1 million by the emergency manager.
26.41963-11-10226°59'N / 82°00'W1.00 Mile27 Yards02250K0Charlotte
27.81958-10-31327°32'N / 82°38'W27°31'N / 82°35'W3.60 Miles200 Yards0425K0Manatee
30.71958-01-26227°13'N / 81°52'W000K0De Soto
30.71983-12-12227°13'N / 81°52'W1.00 Mile50 Yards04250K0De Soto
30.81961-08-31227°36'N / 82°33'W2.00 Miles50 Yards003K0Manatee
31.81970-02-03227°13'N / 81°51'W00250K0De Soto
36.71958-04-15427°40'N / 82°37'W0725K0Polk
38.11951-07-22227°44'N / 82°26'W003K0Hillsborough
38.11970-01-06227°44'N / 82°26'W0325K0Hillsborough
39.21969-12-10227°42'N / 82°38'W1.00 Mile150 Yards01250K0Pinellas
41.11972-06-18226°37'N / 82°10'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Lee
42.41961-05-05227°45'N / 82°38'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0025K0Pinellas
43.31981-12-15227°43'N / 82°43'W27°46'N / 82°40'W4.70 Miles150 Yards05250K0Pinellas
45.01996-12-07227°50'N / 82°18'W27°50'N / 82°18'W2.00 Miles83 Yards10100K0Hillsborough
 Brief Description: A short-lived but strong tornado touched down one eighth of a mile east of Interstate 75 and one half mile north of Big Bend Road in Riverview where it snapped a dozen tree tops. The tornado moved east and descended into the Cowley Cove mobile home complex where it widened to 250 feet and damaged nine mobile homes and snapped an additional dozen trees. Three mobile homes were completely leveled, two were severely damaged, one moderately damaged and three incurred minor damage, all on Cowley Cove Court. One human fatality, a 50 year old male, and three dogs, occurred when the occupants mobile home was lifted up by the tornadic winds and tossed nearly a 100 feet from its foundation where it disentegrated on impact. At least five parked vehicles where damaged by the tornado along with several sheds and outbuildings. Most of the damage occurred along a 3/16 mile path in the Cowley Cove mobile home complex before it lifted, moved east and sporatically touched down in rural southern Hillsborough county. The tornado dissipated nearly two miles east of it's initial touchdown north of Dixon Drive. Of note, a parked undrivable vehicle that was in the direct path of the tornado had most of it's contents sucked from the hatchback storage compartment including a removed 100 pound transmission. Inspection of the vehicle found that the hatchback skin was buckled, bowed and pushed outward from the inside of the vehicle by the transmission casing that eventually smashed upward and out through the rear hatchback window. M50MH
45.61972-03-31227°50'N / 82°30'W0.20 Mile30 Yards04250K0Hillsborough
46.01969-07-02227°51'N / 82°23'W023K0Hillsborough
46.31964-06-23226°37'N / 81°58'W013K0Lee
47.21986-08-09226°36'N / 81°58'W1.50 Miles200 Yards0122.5M0Lee
47.71983-12-11227°46'N / 82°40'W27°53'N / 82°39'W8.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Pinellas
48.51969-06-06227°48'N / 81°59'W000K0Polk
49.31992-10-03327°50'N / 82°42'W2.60 Miles500 Yards37525.0M0Pinellas
49.61988-11-04226°38'N / 81°51'W1.50 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Lee
49.61989-07-23226°38'N / 81°51'W1.00 Mile300 Yards002.5M0Lee
49.61963-08-13227°48'N / 82°47'W27°50'N / 82°43'W5.10 Miles100 Yards0025K0Pinellas
49.81965-02-23226°37'N / 81°52'W0.50 Mile67 Yards0025K0Lee
49.91972-03-31227°54'N / 82°15'W1.00 Mile30 Yards0025K0Hillsborough


* 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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