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

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

Earthquake Index, #462

Sims, AR
0.11
Arkansas
0.57
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

Sims, AR
0.0000
Arkansas
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, #683

Sims, AR
145.13
Arkansas
272.21
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 3,209 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Sims, AR were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:0Dense Fog:0Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:313Hail:1,337Heat:0Heavy Snow:0
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:0
Thunderstorm Winds:1,454Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:0Winter Weather:0
Other:105 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Sims, AR.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Sims, AR.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
31.61977-06-024.31034.61-94.19

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 73 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Sims, AR.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.31995-10-26234°44'N / 93°41'W34°47'N / 93°29'W12.50 Miles800 Yards0000Yell
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down approximately four miles north of Sims in Montgomery County. The tornado travelled north-eastward just over 12 miles, crossing into Yell County around 2130 CST, before lifting near the town of Aly in Yell County. The tornado moved through the Ouachita National Forest. Damage along the path of the tornado consisted of extensive timber damage.
20.21961-03-12234°35'N / 94°05'W34°42'N / 93°54'W13.20 Miles200 Yards0025K0Polk
20.41980-04-07234°51'N / 93°24'W34°52'N / 93°20'W4.10 Miles150 Yards00250K0Yell
20.92003-05-01234°28'N / 93°56'W34°27'N / 93°53'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0000Montgomery
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved from southeast Polk County into southwest Montgomery County about 8.5 miles south-southwest of Pine Ridge. Widespread tree damage was noted along the path of the tornado. The tornado lifted about 9 miles south of Pine Ridge.
23.92003-05-01234°33'N / 94°05'W34°27'N / 93°56'W10.00 Miles200 Yards0000Polk
 Brief Description: A strong tornado touched down in eastern Polk County. The tornado destroyed three barns, knocked the porch off a house and blew part of the roof off another house. Extensive tree and power line damage was noted along the path of the tornado. Some trees were blown onto homes and a camper was blown over. The tornado continued moving southeast into Montgomery County.
24.61951-10-23235°00'N / 93°30'W040K0Yell
25.51982-12-23334°11'N / 93°55'W34°29'N / 93°46'W20.00 Miles400 Yards02925.0M0Hot Spring
26.22005-11-27234°21'N / 93°21'W34°25'N / 93°18'W4.20 Miles100 Yards0000Hot Spring
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in western Hot Spring County around 3 miles southeast of Bonnerdale and tracked quickly to the northeast. The tornado caused mainly tree and power line damage before moving into southwestern Garland County.
26.41999-03-05234°37'N / 94°12'W34°40'N / 94°00'W12.00 Miles200 Yards0000Polk
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in northern Polk County. The tornado tracked through rural areas, but caused some property damage. The roof of a home was damaged a couple of miles southeast of Acorn. The tornado caused mostly tree damage, with numerous trees downed or snapped. The tornado tracked 12 miles before dissipating.
27.41973-11-24234°36'N / 93°12'W34°38'N / 93°07'W5.40 Miles133 Yards0025K0Garland
27.42005-11-27234°24'N / 93°18'W34°32'N / 93°08'W13.80 Miles100 Yards0100Garland
 Brief Description: A strong tornado tracked into southwestern Garland County from Hot Spring County. The tornado rolled a mobile home into a tree, with a man injured near Pearcy. In the same area, several homes had mainly roof damage. The tornado then hit areas on the west side of Lake Hamilton, with structural damage to several homes and docks destroyed. Along the way, numerous trees were uprooted or snapped with power lines downed. The tornado dissipated roughly 3 miles southeast of Mountain Pine.
28.21952-11-17234°42'N / 94°17'W34°57'N / 93°54'W27.80 Miles100 Yards0225K0Scott
28.51961-03-12234°52'N / 93°12'W2.00 Miles417 Yards0025K0Perry
30.01999-03-05234°14'N / 93°39'W34°14'N / 93°27'W10.00 Miles250 Yards0000Pike
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in eastern Pike County. The tornado moved through mostly rural areas, so property damage was minimal. However, numerous trees were downed. The tornado was on the ground for around 10 miles before moving into western Clark County.
30.31961-05-05234°31'N / 93°08'W2.00 Miles300 Yards06250K0Garland
30.81957-04-07234°54'N / 94°06'W34°57'N / 94°03'W4.70 Miles300 Yards003K0Scott
31.91999-03-05234°16'N / 93°55'W34°15'N / 93°54'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0000Pike
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved out of Howard County (Shreveport County Warning Area) into western Pike County. The tornado was weakening, but still heavily damaged a trailer and knocked down a few trees. The tornado tracked only half a mile into Pike County before dissipating.
32.11980-04-07235°02'N / 94°03'W35°08'N / 93°42'W20.90 Miles200 Yards01250K0Logan
32.31971-05-23234°37'N / 94°26'W34°35'N / 93°58'W26.70 Miles600 Yards00250K0Polk
32.62009-04-09334°32'N / 94°19'W34°37'N / 94°05'W15.00 Miles1075 Yards330130.0M0KPolk
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado began to the west-southwest of Mena, then tracked through the northwest side of Mena. According to the Polk County Judge, 165 houses were destroyed, 701 houses had major damage, and more than 11,000 trees were blown down. The Polk County Courthouse, county jail, Mena City Hall, and the police and fire departments were damaged in downtown Mena, as were several businesses. Mena Middle School, also located downtown, was structurally damaged beyond repair. A nursing home was also damaged. Most of the city lost electricity. The tornado then tracked to the northeast, badly damaging several industrial buildings. There was considerable roof damage at Rich Mountain Community College, and lesser damage to the hospital. As the tornado continued to the northeast, a tractor dealership was destroyed. A number of rural residences and farms were damaged as the tornado moved out into rural Polk County. North of Ink, damage was noted along Polk 74 and Polk 71; these same areas had been damaged by a tornado on October 6, 2008. Three fatalities occurred on the northwest side of Mena. One was a woman at a Masonic Lodge, and the others were a man and woman at separate residences. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Low pressure aloft approached from the west and collided with moisture and instability. Thunderstorms developed in eastern Oklahoma during the afternoon, then became more numerous as they entered western Arkansas during the evening. The storms brought a few tornadoes and numerous hailstorms to Arkansas during the evening hours.
32.71980-04-07235°08'N / 93°42'W35°08'N / 93°41'W00250K0Yell
33.11999-03-05334°14'N / 93°30'W34°13'N / 93°18'W13.00 Miles400 Yards002.0M0Clark
 Brief Description: A strong tornado produced in eastern Pike County moved into western Clark County. The tornado hit the town of Alpine and caused extensive tree and property damage. More than two dozen homes and almost a dozen mobile homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. In nearby Amity, a high school basketball game was cancelled when a Tornado Warning was issued. The tornado continued east of Alpine into a forested area and downed numerous trees. Just south of the tornado, yet another tornado was spawned with both tornadoes causing over 2 million dollars in tree damage across Clark County. The second tornado tracked across much of eastern Clark County. The first tornado was on the ground for about 13 miles before dissipating.
33.31999-03-05234°12'N / 93°55'W34°13'N / 93°45'W10.00 Miles200 Yards0000Pike
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned south of a dissipating tornado in western Pike County. The former tornado tracked mostly through rural areas and caused little in the way of property damage. However, tree damage was extensive...especially just to the southeast of Newhope. The tornado tracked about 10 miles before dissipating.
33.41958-11-17234°19'N / 93°18'W34°19'N / 93°09'W8.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Hot Spring
34.21982-12-23234°30'N / 93°05'W34°33'N / 93°02'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Garland
34.71957-01-22234°19'N / 93°10'W34°22'N / 93°10'W3.40 Miles880 Yards0025K0Hot Spring
35.21982-01-22234°30'N / 93°03'W2.50 Miles20 Yards01250K0Garland
35.41967-03-05334°29'N / 93°05'W34°30'N / 93°01'W4.30 Miles67 Yards06250K0Garland
35.41955-05-26334°42'N / 93°04'W34°44'N / 92°58'W6.20 Miles1000 Yards03250K0Garland
35.41988-11-15234°17'N / 93°13'W34°23'N / 93°06'W12.00 Miles400 Yards042.5M0Hot Spring
35.81988-11-15234°10'N / 93°23'W34°17'N / 93°13'W10.00 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Clark
35.81976-03-26335°03'N / 93°25'W35°08'N / 93°09'W16.10 Miles100 Yards042.5M0Yell
36.61967-03-25235°08'N / 93°56'W1.00 Mile33 Yards050K0Logan
37.01988-11-15234°23'N / 93°06'W34°27'N / 93°01'W5.00 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Garland
39.41999-03-05234°12'N / 93°22'W34°13'N / 93°04'W20.00 Miles250 Yards0000Clark
 Brief Description: A strong tornado was spawned in western Clark County just south of yet another tornado that orginated in eastern Pike County. The former tornado moved through mostly forested areas and caused extensive tree damage. Some property damage also occurred as the tornado tracked near DeGray Lake. Close to the lake, metal roofs were peeled from several docks and boats were thrown. The tornado was on the ground for 20 miles before moving into western Hot Spring County.
39.81993-11-13234°26'N / 94°27'W34°37'N / 94°11'W20.00 Miles100 Yards01150.0M0Polk
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down in Polk County and traveled approximately 20 miles before it lifted. Even though the tornado was not on the ground continuously, it still managed to cause extensive damage to several towns along its path. The tornado initially touched down approximately 2.50 miles west of Cove, along Highway 4. The storm passed through Cove where it damaged and destroyed several homes and businesses. The tornado then struck the Hatfield area where it destroyed or damaged a number of homes. The tornado continued moving northeastward and struck the southwest part of Mena. In Mena, a large number of homes and businesses sustained damage. Most of the buildings that were struck were either destroyed or received major damage. Eleven people in Mena were treated for minor injuries. A local park in Mena lost a number of large trees. Some of these trees were over 100 years old. A number of buildings in Mena were damaged as a result of trees falling on the structures. The tornado finally lifted about three miles northeast of Mena, in the community of Hillcrest, where it destroyed a few mobile homes and damaged several others. Initial estimates placed the damage at over $6 million.
40.11952-11-17234°34'N / 94°24'W34°42'N / 94°17'W11.40 Miles100 Yards0025K0Polk
40.22009-04-09334°08'N / 94°06'W34°12'N / 93°55'W11.00 Miles850 Yards001.5M0KHoward
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado continued into Howard County from Sevier County Arkansas. The Dierks Lake area received significant damage near the Sevier, Howard County line. The Army Corps of Engineers office had significant roof damage to their office building with roofing material found in the trees adjacent to the building. The tornado was strongest in Howard County where the entire second story of a reinforced concrete building was decimated and strewn across the road. This was consistent with EF3 tornado damage with wind speeds of 140 mph. The tornado then moved into Pike County, Arkansas about 3.5 miles southwest of New Hope, Arkansas. The Arkansas governor declared Howard County a disaster area because of the tornado damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level storm system along with a surface dry line/front over northeast Texas moved east during the evening hours of April 9th into the early morning hours of April 10th causing long lived supercell thunderstorms. These thunderstorms caused long track tornadoes to occur across southeast Oklahoma, southwest Arkansas, northeast Texas, and north Louisiana.
40.42006-01-12235°07'N / 93°21'W35°11'N / 93°08'W13.00 Miles75 Yards0000Yell
 Brief Description: A strong tornado touched down in northern Yell County, about 5 miles southwest of Chickalah. Estimated winds with the tornado were around 140 mph. A house was severely damaged. An abandoned mobile home, used for storage, was badly damaged. A few chicken houses had major damage, and a number of others had parts of the roofs taken off. A travel trailer was overturned, with numerous sheds and outbuildings destroyed. A number of power lines and power poles were blown down. Hundreds of trees were either snapped off or uprooted. A mobile home was also destroyed by fire, apparently due to a fallen power line. The tornado tracked to the east-northeast for about 13 miles before moving into southern Pope County.
40.51961-03-12234°52'N / 92°58'W2.00 Miles417 Yards000K0Perry
40.71979-04-11234°15'N / 94°22'W34°28'N / 94°08'W20.10 Miles440 Yards0172.5M0Polk
41.31965-01-26234°04'N / 93°42'W003K0Pike
41.51999-03-05234°10'N / 94°13'W34°16'N / 94°02'W18.70 Miles250 Yards0060K0Howard
 Brief Description: Tornado entered Howard County from Polk County, moved across Howard County, then into Pike County. Damage was largely confined to rural wooded area with little or no population. A mobile home was heavily damaged and scores of trees were toppled along the tornado path.
42.01955-11-15235°02'N / 93°03'W1.50 Miles73 Yards00250K0Perry
42.41975-02-22235°05'N / 93°15'W35°13'N / 93°07'W11.90 Miles80 Yards0025K0Yell
42.71952-03-21434°01'N / 94°01'W34°13'N / 93°58'W13.00 Miles833 Yards7925K0Howard
43.21971-01-03234°04'N / 93°20'W34°10'N / 93°12'W10.30 Miles200 Yards01025K0Clark
43.92010-04-30234°06'N / 94°02'W34°07'N / 94°00'W2.00 Miles150 Yards00200K0KHoward
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado touched down in Dierks, Arkansas destroying a laundrymat and damaging numerous homes and businesses. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted along the track which started on the southwest side of town where a storage building was destroyed. The tornado crossed the town downing trees and powerlines. Shingles were torn off of numerous homes within the town. The tornado continued northeast and ripped a 100 ft section of roof off of a chicken house. The tornado lifted northeast of the chicken house. Maximum winds are estimated at 105-115 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A very unstable airmass developed across much of the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley during the afternoon and evening hours of April 30th. A strong upper level trough moved into the Southern Plains during the afternoon and sparked strong to severe thunderstorms across much of southeast Oklahoma into northeast Texas and southwest Arkansas. Strong deep layer shear and low level directional shear was present during the evening and this resulted in storms developing supercellular characteristics. Large hail and isolated tornadoes developed with this activity across the region.
44.01957-05-13234°02'N / 93°31'W0025K0Pike
44.21961-11-02235°18'N / 93°42'W1.50 Miles100 Yards003K0Logan
44.51959-03-31335°18'N / 93°45'W2.00 Miles300 Yards0025K0Logan
44.71977-11-15234°35'N / 94°25'W0.50 Mile30 Yards0025K0Polk
45.31950-01-13334°24'N / 94°22'W0.60 Mile17 Yards113K0Polk
45.41982-12-23235°19'N / 93°43'W0.50 Mile100 Yards00250K0Logan
45.51982-12-23235°19'N / 93°44'W0.60 Mile80 Yards00250K0Logan
45.71957-05-11235°19'N / 93°31'W000K0Logan
45.81955-03-20235°17'N / 93°44'W35°22'N / 93°32'W12.60 Miles60 Yards0025K0Logan
47.32009-04-09234°00'N / 93°57'W34°03'N / 93°56'W3.00 Miles250 Yards01500K0KHoward
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado initially touched down near an open field, approximately 1.5 mile south of Centerpoint, along Coonridge Road. Travelling slightly east of due north, the tornado snapped and uprooted numerous pine and oak trees. The most significant damage occurred at a single-family residence 0.75 mile north of the touchdown, where the house suffered a considerable amount of damage. The garage, roof, and many supporting walls were removed from the foundation. All windows not completely blown out by the storm were still shattered. A barn adjacent to the house had a considerable loss of roofing material but, although shifted off its foundation, remained largely intact. Trees and powerlines were snapped or uprooted as the storm moved through the community of Centerpoint before lifting along Billings Road, about 0.25 mile east of SR-4. There was one injury at the residence but the injury was not life threatening. The Arkansas governor declared Howard County a disaster area because of the tornado damage in the county. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level storm system along with a surface dry line/front over northeast Texas moved east during the evening hours of April 9th into the early morning hours of April 10th causing long lived supercell thunderstorms. These thunderstorms caused long track tornadoes to occur across southeast Oklahoma, southwest Arkansas, northeast Texas, and north Louisiana.
47.41959-03-14234°34'N / 92°49'W34°36'N / 92°48'W2.70 Miles417 Yards00250K0Garland
47.82006-01-12235°12'N / 93°08'W35°13'N / 93°06'W1.70 Miles75 Yards0000Pope
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved out of Yell County and into Pope County about 5.3 miles south of Russellville. Winds were estimated around 140 mph. The tornado downed a number of trees and power lines. Several houses sustained roof damage. The tornado dissipated roughly 5.5 miles south-southeast of Russellville.
48.01959-03-14234°36'N / 92°48'W34°44'N / 92°47'W9.20 Miles417 Yards17250K0Saline
48.31999-03-05234°12'N / 93°01'W34°12'N / 92°59'W3.00 Miles150 Yards0000Hot Spring
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved from eastern Clark County into western Hot Spring County. The tornado tracked through mostly rural areas, with only minor property damage occurring. Several trees were downed. The tornado was on the ground for 3 miles before dissipating.
48.31950-03-26234°10'N / 93°02'W34°19'N / 92°53'W13.30 Miles150 Yards0025K0Hot Spring
48.61954-02-15234°06'N / 94°09'W000K0Sevier
48.71957-05-13334°13'N / 93°00'W34°22'N / 92°49'W14.70 Miles880 Yards00250K0Hot Spring
48.81953-03-14335°17'N / 93°17'W35°19'N / 93°15'W2.70 Miles880 Yards003K0Yell
48.82005-11-27334°49'N / 92°56'W35°05'N / 92°46'W19.00 Miles800 Yards004.0M0Perry
 Brief Description: A strong tornado touched down over southern Perry County. Winds were estimated at 160 mph. The tornado initially tracked through the Ouachita National Forest where hundreds of trees were either snapped off or blown down. Once emerging from the forest area, the tornado downed eleven large steel towers on a 500 kilovolt power line. As the tornado continued tracking to the northeast, a sawmill was destroyed, along with several houses. Several dozen other houses sustained damage and several mobile homes were overturned. Numerous vehicles were damaged or destroyed, as well as a number of barns and outbuildings. Several chicken houses also sustained damage. Numerous trees and power lines were also downed. The tornado eventually moved into Conway County.
48.91979-05-03234°00'N / 93°20'W1.00 Mile100 Yards022.5M0Clark
49.11950-03-26234°07'N / 93°04'W34°10'N / 93°02'W4.10 Miles150 Yards0325K0Clark
49.12009-04-09234°37'N / 94°33'W34°39'N / 94°27'W7.00 Miles550 Yards04100K0KLe Flore
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado destroyed a mobile home, injuring four occupants, two of which were severely injured. Several other mobile homes were also severely damaged and a permanent home was damaged. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted. Based on this damage, maximum winds were estimated to be between 120 and 130 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Widespread severe thunderstorms occurred across eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening hours of the 9th.
49.31955-05-26334°44'N / 92°58'W34°52'N / 92°36'W22.70 Miles1000 Yards00250K0Saline
49.61965-03-17234°25'N / 92°49'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0025K0Hot Spring
49.81953-03-14335°13'N / 93°57'W35°33'N / 93°22'W40.10 Miles880 Yards00250K0Logan


* 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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