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

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

Earthquake Index, #40

Smith County
0.02
Kansas
0.05
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

Smith County
0.0000
Kansas
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, #54

Smith County
204.89
Kansas
252.53
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 14,786 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Smith County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:26Cold:42Dense Fog:9Drought:19
Dust Storm:1Flood:507Hail:8,778Heat:37Heavy Snow:93
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:39Landslide:0Strong Wind:118
Thunderstorm Winds:4,509Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:180Winter Weather:57
Other:370 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Smith County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Smith County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 64 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Smith County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
3.61971-05-30239°46'N / 98°46'W39°51'N / 98°41'W7.10 Miles220 Yards0025K0Smith
5.31973-09-25239°44'N / 98°58'W39°59'N / 98°33'W27.90 Miles80 Yards0025K0Smith
7.11963-06-11239°46'N / 98°55'W1.00 Mile20 Yards0025K0Smith
7.91957-06-15339°46'N / 98°56'W2.00 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Smith
9.11965-05-25239°45'N / 98°57'W0125K0Smith
12.81973-03-13239°35'N / 98°35'W39°50'N / 98°33'W17.20 Miles220 Yards0025K0Smith
12.81957-06-15339°42'N / 99°04'W39°54'N / 98°59'W14.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Smith
15.41973-04-19239°52'N / 99°02'W39°56'N / 99°02'W4.60 Miles100 Yards003K0Smith
17.11959-05-20239°36'N / 99°00'W000K0Smith
17.91985-05-10439°44'N / 99°09'W39°56'N / 99°05'W11.00 Miles1000 Yards012.5M0Phillips
18.51985-05-10439°56'N / 99°05'W40°00'N / 99°00'W10.00 Miles1000 Yards002.5M0Smith
21.51985-05-10440°00'N / 99°00'W40°11'N / 98°43'W18.00 Miles200 Yards012.5M0Franklin
21.61971-05-30239°50'N / 98°23'W1.50 Miles200 Yards0025K0Jewell
22.91986-09-18240°06'N / 98°39'W2.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Webster
23.71954-03-11239°27'N / 98°41'W003K0Osborne
25.72007-05-05239°23'N / 98°42'W39°28'N / 98°37'W8.00 Miles75 Yards011150K50KOsborne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado sat down south of Osborne and moved north into town. The twister destroyed 2 mobile homes, damaged roofs, fences, cars and windows, and damaged 2 restaurants. The Pizza Hut sustained minor damage and several employees??? car windows were blown out. Across the road, the Circle Inn lost a large part of their roof, a couple of outside walls, and substantial damage happened to the interior portion of the restaurant. A couple of semi-trailers were blown around and one ended up on top of another car. Eleven people were injured, none seriously, and were treated at the Osborne County Memorial Hospital. The Osborne County Sheriff's office reported the most severe injury was a broken arm. (sources: Osborne County Farmer newspaper, Osborne County Sheriff's office, and the Osborne County Emergency Management Agency). EPISODE NARRATIVE: Thunderstorms rumbled across northern Kansas. A few became severe in the early evening hours. One produced a tornado in Osborne. This tornado damaged homes and two restaurants in town. Other storms in Mitchell and Jewell Counties produced hail to the size of quarters.
27.61964-06-12239°30'N / 98°26'W39°32'N / 98°22'W4.10 Miles200 Yards0025K0Mitchell
30.21952-06-26239°41'N / 99°27'W39°46'N / 99°15'W12.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Phillips
31.21950-05-08239°34'N / 98°18'W39°38'N / 98°12'W6.80 Miles33 Yards0125K0Jewell
31.51992-06-15239°23'N / 98°28'W39°26'N / 98°26'W3.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mitchell
31.61978-04-07240°05'N / 98°20'W0.20 Mile10 Yards000K0Webster
32.81992-06-15239°47'N / 98°10'W1.50 Miles73 Yards0025K0Jewell
32.82008-05-29239°28'N / 98°19'W39°34'N / 98°14'W8.00 Miles2000 Yards00500K500KMitchell
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado started near Glen Elder Dam in Mitchell County and moved northeast. It crossed into Jewell County about 4 miles west of Highway 14. Eye witness accounts stated that this tornado combined near the dam with a tornado that had formed to the southwest in Osborne County. Just to the east of the dam, the tornado damaged several outbuildings at a farmstead and uprooted many trees. Power lines and trees were snapped off when the twister crossed US Highway 24 to the east of the town of Glen Elder. Large power poles were broken and another farmstead sustained extensive damage just before the tornado moved into Jewell County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A significant severe weather outbreak occurred during the afternoon and evening of May 29th. Several tornadoes were reported from south of Palco in Rooks County to community of Jewell in Jewell County. On tornado inflected significant damage to the community of Jewell, including destroying the town???s caf?? and water tower. Several homes in rural areas of Mitchell and Jewell Counties were damaged or destroyed. The town of Woodston in eastern Rooks County also had a twister move through the community; luckily damage was not as severe. All together eight tornadoes occurred in this part of north-central Kansas and no critical injuries were reported. Other areas of north-central Kansas also saw hail and heavy rains from the storms. An area between Webster Lake and Stockton in Rooks County had hail up to the size of baseballs. The hail damaged windows and siding of homes along the storms path. In addition to the tornadoes, hail and wind, thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain across the Solomon River valleys. This resulted in some flooding of rural roads and area creeks and rivers.
33.21992-06-15239°24'N / 98°24'W39°26'N / 98°22'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mitchell
33.41950-05-08239°21'N / 98°29'W39°28'N / 98°18'W12.60 Miles660 Yards00250K0Mitchell
33.81990-03-13440°03'N / 98°32'W40°18'N / 98°16'W20.00 Miles440 Yards0025.0M0Webster
34.12008-05-29339°34'N / 98°14'W39°42'N / 98°07'W11.00 Miles2000 Yards005.0M1.0MJewell
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado moved out of Mitchell County and into Jewell County about 4 miles west of Highway 14. As the tornado moved northeast and was southwest of the town of Jewell, it hit three farmsteads and severely damaged the homes and outbuildings at these locations. One of the homes was completely destroyed and other had a machine shed also destroyed. Trees and power poles and lines were also damaged along its path. The tornado entered the southwest side of community of Jewell and moved across the west side of town. Several homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. The Jewell Caf?? and the Bourbon Trucking Company were destroyed. The town???s water tower was also blown down by the tornado. The tornado lifted about two miles northeast of town. Luckily no injuries were reported. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A significant severe weather outbreak occurred during the afternoon and evening of May 29th. Several tornadoes were reported from south of Palco in Rooks County to community of Jewell in Jewell County. On tornado inflected significant damage to the community of Jewell, including destroying the town???s caf?? and water tower. Several homes in rural areas of Mitchell and Jewell Counties were damaged or destroyed. The town of Woodston in eastern Rooks County also had a twister move through the community; luckily damage was not as severe. All together eight tornadoes occurred in this part of north-central Kansas and no critical injuries were reported. Other areas of north-central Kansas also saw hail and heavy rains from the storms. An area between Webster Lake and Stockton in Rooks County had hail up to the size of baseballs. The hail damaged windows and siding of homes along the storms path. In addition to the tornadoes, hail and wind, thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain across the Solomon River valleys. This resulted in some flooding of rural roads and area creeks and rivers.
35.01985-05-10440°11'N / 98°43'W40°21'N / 98°27'W17.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Webster
35.51985-05-10439°30'N / 99°25'W39°57'N / 99°29'W28.00 Miles1000 Yards002.5M0Phillips
36.11960-05-24239°26'N / 98°17'W000K0Mitchell
36.51991-04-11339°26'N / 99°25'W39°32'N / 99°17'W6.00 Miles400 Yards012.5M0Rooks
37.31965-05-25240°02'N / 98°42'W40°33'N / 98°23'W39.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Webster
37.61968-05-13339°13'N / 99°02'W39°17'N / 98°48'W13.10 Miles320 Yards0025K0Osborne
38.11950-05-08239°14'N / 98°57'W39°14'N / 98°35'W19.60 Miles440 Yards0225K0Osborne
38.21976-04-14239°46'N / 98°13'W39°53'N / 97°55'W17.70 Miles330 Yards00250K0Jewell
38.41991-04-11240°10'N / 98°20'W40°13'N / 98°15'W5.00 Miles73 Yards00250K0Webster
38.71992-06-15239°20'N / 98°20'W39°24'N / 98°16'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mitchell
39.51955-06-04439°31'N / 98°32'W40°00'N / 97°33'W61.90 Miles500 Yards00250K0Osborne
40.11985-05-10439°25'N / 99°24'W39°30'N / 99°25'W5.00 Miles1000 Yards002.5M0Rooks
40.21974-05-10240°02'N / 98°06'W1.00 Mile233 Yards002.5M0Nuckolls
40.21992-06-15439°25'N / 98°13'W39°26'N / 98°10'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mitchell
40.21992-06-15339°25'N / 98°12'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mitchell
40.41992-06-15239°23'N / 98°14'W2.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Mitchell
40.81969-06-24240°13'N / 99°09'W40°26'N / 99°03'W15.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Franklin
40.91992-06-15239°24'N / 98°12'W2.00 Miles73 Yards000K0Mitchell
41.72010-06-20240°01'N / 98°04'W40°01'N / 98°03'W1.00 Mile1300 Yards000K0KNuckolls
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The most significant damage was confined to the city limits of Superior. There was widespread tree damage, along with a warehouse building and several small buildings being destroyed and a number of snapped power poles. On the southeast edge of town, railroad cars were overturned. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Much like the previous day, most severe weather focused south of the Nebraska and Kansas border on this Sunday afternoon and evening. However, one severe storm crept just far enough north of the state line to produce a damaging EF2 tornado in the community of Superior in southern Nuckolls County. The storm complex that eventually produced this tornado initially developed across Northwest Kansas in the vicinity of a nearly stationary east-west surface front, as a subtle mid-level shortwave ejected from a large-scale western United States trough. As these storms snuck into far South Central Nebraska out of North Central Kansas, the synoptic environment was quite supportive of severe weather, featuring deep-layer wind shear of 40 knots, and MLCAPE values around 3500 J/kg. The low-level shear environment was also favorable for tornadoes, with 0-1 km shear values around 25 knots, and 0-1 km storm relative helicity of at least 300 m2/s2. The storm that produced the Superior tornado was essentially an embedded supercell on the north end of a squall line, associated with a bookend vortex that first developed within the line in North Central Kansas. Around the same time as the Superior tornado, a separate area of strong to severe storms flared up several counties to the north, resulting in a quarter-sized hail report from Valley County.
42.21985-05-10339°11'N / 99°31'W39°28'N / 99°06'W30.00 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Rooks
42.91968-05-13239°30'N / 98°06'W39°32'N / 98°01'W4.70 Miles20 Yards003K0Mitchell
43.31956-10-29339°13'N / 98°25'W39°14'N / 98°25'W1.10 Miles200 Yards00250K0Mitchell
44.42008-04-24239°31'N / 98°07'W39°33'N / 97°55'W11.00 Miles1050 Yards00750K500KMitchell
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado sat down north of Beloit near highway 14 and traveled eastward. Several homes, farmsteads, outbuildings and trees were damaged along the tornadoes path. For the first 4 miles of the damage path, the tornado was rated at EF2 with EF0 damage seen through the rest of the county. The tornado exited Mitchell County northeast of Scottsville and entered Cloud County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms developed during the evening hours across north-central Kansas and produced large hail, strong winds and heavy rains. Hail up to the size of softballs was reported west of Stockton where windows were broken, roofs and siding damaged and crops pummeled. A couple of brief tornados were reported to have touched down in Rooks County. One was south of Stockton and the other was near Woodston. No damage occurred with these. There were other reports of hail, mainly up to the size of golf balls, and wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph reported across the area. A tornado touched down north of Beloit in Mitchell County and traveled east. Several houses, outbuildings, grain bins, trees and power poles were damaged along the it???s path. This tornado crossed into Cloud County.
44.51980-08-01240°15'N / 99°22'W0.10 Mile30 Yards0025K0Harlan
45.91986-09-18339°56'N / 97°59'W39°59'N / 97°55'W5.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Jewell
46.01972-07-27239°15'N / 99°18'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0125K0Rooks
46.01991-04-11240°13'N / 98°15'W40°21'N / 98°10'W10.00 Miles73 Yards00250K0Nuckolls
46.01990-06-18240°24'N / 98°27'W0.70 Mile440 Yards00250K0Adams
46.41973-03-13239°14'N / 99°17'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Rooks
47.11968-05-13339°08'N / 99°20'W39°13'N / 99°02'W16.90 Miles320 Yards0125K0Rooks
47.61990-03-13440°18'N / 98°16'W40°21'N / 98°11'W7.00 Miles440 Yards0325.0M0Nuckolls
47.92004-05-29239°37'N / 97°56'W39°38'N / 97°53'W5.00 Miles200 Yards002.1M0Cloud
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down 4 miles westnorthwest of Jamestown and moved eastnorteast before dissipating 3 miles northnorthwest of Jamestown. Large trees and power poles were downed. A number of farms along the route had significant damage.
47.91986-09-18339°59'N / 97°55'W40°01'N / 97°56'W1.00 Mile500 Yards002.5M0Republic
48.21967-06-09239°24'N / 98°06'W39°27'N / 97°55'W10.20 Miles1320 Yards052.5M0Mitchell
48.31978-04-05240°21'N / 98°26'W40°27'N / 98°16'W11.00 Miles80 Yards002.5M0Adams
48.51986-09-18340°01'N / 97°56'W40°02'N / 97°55'W1.00 Mile80 Yards072.5M0Nuckolls
48.61991-05-30240°08'N / 99°35'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Harlan


* 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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