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Shortt Gap, VA Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #575

Shortt Gap, VA
0.07
Virginia
0.20
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

Shortt Gap, VA
0.0000
Virginia
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, #1023

Shortt Gap, VA
18.72
Virginia
88.66
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 2,504 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Shortt Gap, VA were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:1Cold:31Dense Fog:0Drought:38
Dust Storm:0Flood:431Hail:598Heat:19Heavy Snow:96
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:14Landslide:2Strong Wind:64
Thunderstorm Winds:1,065Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:15Winter Storm:51Winter Weather:4
Other:75 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Shortt Gap, VA.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Shortt Gap, VA.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Shortt Gap, VA.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 8 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Shortt Gap, VA.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
15.82009-05-08236°56'N / 81°57'W1.00 Mile250 Yards000K0KRussell
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down about eight miles east-northeast of Lebanon, Virginia with maximum wind speeds of 125 miles an hour. The path length was 1.1 mile and maximum width was 250 yards. Approximately 100 trees were snapped and uprooted along the tornado path. In addition...a well constructed wooden barn was completely destroyed and while a home incurred moderate damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A highly organized mesoscale convective vorticity maximum with strong low to mid tropospheric flow coupled with moderate instability resulted in the development of discrete supercellular thunderstorms. These storms produced a long-lived tornado across Northeast Tennessee late in the afternoon and another long duration tornado across Southwest Virginia later in the evening.
19.91974-04-04336°52'N / 81°49'W36°53'N / 81°46'W3.00 Miles177 Yards03250K0Smyth
20.51974-04-04336°51'N / 81°55'W36°52'N / 81°49'W5.40 Miles177 Yards11250K0Washington
26.61975-01-25236°47'N / 81°44'W36°48'N / 81°42'W1.90 Miles30 Yards0225K0Smyth
26.61975-01-25236°47'N / 81°46'W36°47'N / 81°44'W1.30 Miles30 Yards0025K0Washington
36.72009-05-08237°04'N / 82°33'W37°04'N / 82°31'W2.00 Miles120 Yards000K0KWise
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 120 miles an hour occurred around five miles southeast of Pound, Virginia. Tornado damage was observed along the path which measured 1.7 mile in length with a path width of 120 yards. Two trailers along with several outbuildings were destroyed while one trailer was damaged. Numerous trees...some in clusters...were downed by the high wind speeds generated by the tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A highly organized mesoscale convective vorticity maximum with strong low to mid tropospheric flow coupled with moderate instability resulted in the development of discrete supercellular thunderstorms. These storms produced a long-lived tornado across Northeast Tennessee late in the afternoon and another long duration tornado across Southwest Virginia later in the evening.
42.31962-06-03236°36'N / 82°12'W0025K0Washington
45.91965-04-12237°24'N / 81°06'W003K0Mercer


* 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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