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The chance of earthquake damage in Spencer is about the same as South Dakota average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Spencer is much higher than South Dakota average and is much higher than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #219

Spencer, SD
0.03
South Dakota
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

Spencer, SD
0.0000
South Dakota
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, #5

Spencer, SD
252.92
South Dakota
114.73
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 2,963 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Spencer, SD were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:16Cold:2Dense Fog:1Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:210Hail:1,606Heat:3Heavy Snow:13
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:36
Thunderstorm Winds:1,000Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:28Winter Weather:0
Other:46 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Spencer, SD.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
47.51982-07-113.6544.01-96.72

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 87 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Spencer, SD.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.32007-05-05243°43'N / 97°36'W43°46'N / 97°37'W4.00 Miles400 Yards0050K0KMccook
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado damaged a house on the west side of Spencer and caused tree damage before crossing into western Hanson County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
1.31998-05-30343°45'N / 97°41'W43°43'N / 97°33'W7.00 Miles700 Yards001.0M100KHanson
 Brief Description: A large and strengthening tornado destroyed buildings and other property on five farms and also destroyed trees and power lines before crossing the eastern edge of Hanson County.
3.31998-05-30443°45'N / 97°37'W43°42'N / 97°26'W7.00 Miles1600 Yards615017.0M400KMccook
 Brief Description: The tornado from Hanson County destroyed most of Spencer as it strengthened and continued to grow. Most homes, other buildings, and other structures in Spencer were completely levelled. Debris and belongings were scattered over a large area, and one receipt blown from Spencer was found just west of Chandler, MN about 80 miles east of Spencer. The tornado killed 6 and injured 150 in Spencer. The tornado continued southeast from Spencer, widened, then weakened, and dissipated 4 miles southwest of Salem with another tornado then forming from the same storm. The tornado caused additional damage to trees, power lines, crops, and buildings on farms after moving southeast of Spencer. F70PH, F77PH, F93PH, F68PH, M62PH, F85PH
5.41969-08-08243°42'N / 98°00'W43°38'N / 97°19'W34.30 Miles33 Yards0125K0Davison
5.62007-05-05243°45'N / 97°38'W43°51'N / 97°39'W7.00 Miles400 Yards0010K0KHanson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado caused damage to trees and a junk yard after crossing over from McCook County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
7.61973-07-01243°50'N / 97°33'W0.50 Mile67 Yards0125K0Mccook
8.71954-05-27243°47'N / 97°33'W43°51'N / 97°23'W9.00 Miles90 Yards0025K0Mccook
8.91998-05-30243°46'N / 97°49'W43°44'N / 97°43'W6.00 Miles200 Yards0050K0Hanson
 Brief Description: A tornado damaged trees and power lines.
10.21993-05-07243°35'N / 97°33'W2.00 Miles75 Yards00500K0Hutchinson
 Brief Description: A tornado carried a 60 X 120 foot metal pole barn into the tops of four grain bins causing extensive damage. The tornado also destroyed many small buildings and blew roofs off larger buildings on many farms in the area.
10.21993-05-07243°35'N / 97°33'W1.00 Mile75 Yards00500K0Mccook
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down on several farms destroying two pole barns, a grain bin, and a barn roof.
10.21998-05-30243°42'N / 97°26'W43°36'N / 97°24'W6.00 Miles700 Yards00900K100KMccook
 Brief Description: A tornado spawned by the same storm which produced the Spencer tornado damaged farms, crops, trees, and power lines in southern McCook County.
10.61954-05-27243°37'N / 97°47'W43°38'N / 97°43'W2.30 Miles100 Yards0125K0Hanson
12.22006-09-16243°33'N / 97°30'W43°42'N / 97°17'W12.00 Miles100 Yards00100K0Mccook
 Brief Description: A tornado affected 3 farmsteads, destroying numerous outbuildings, damaging farm equipment and a home, killing at least 5 cattle and injuring others. The tornado also damaged a hog confinement building and overturned a semi trailer on Interstate 90.
15.21968-06-20343°41'N / 97°59'W43°39'N / 97°47'W9.90 Miles2667 Yards000K0Davison
16.01965-05-24343°30'N / 97°30'W43°34'N / 97°20'W9.00 Miles20 Yards003K0Mccook
16.11971-10-01243°33'N / 97°23'W0025K0Mccook
16.81965-05-08243°57'N / 97°30'W43°59'N / 97°34'W3.30 Miles243 Yards0025K0Miner
18.21993-05-07343°36'N / 97°18'W43°42'N / 97°11'W10.00 Miles100 Yards005.0M0Mccook
 Brief Description: A tornado caused extensive damage in the Canistota area. Four metal grain storage bins were severely damaged and the roof was blown off the grain elevator. A large roof was blown off a building in Canistota resulting in rain seeping through the floors of the building. The roof blew into another building causing damage, and the flying debris took out power lines and transformers. The storm nearly totaled a farm including the house, and destroyed barns on other farms. Buildings were damaged in Montrose and a farm and metal buildings were lost on a farm east of Montrose.
20.21984-06-07244°01'N / 97°32'W0.10 Mile60 Yards00250K0Miner
20.41962-04-26243°43'N / 98°00'W0025K0Davison
21.41992-06-16243°59'N / 97°50'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0125K0Miner
22.01962-05-15244°00'N / 97°42'W44°04'N / 97°44'W4.10 Miles33 Yards020K0Miner
22.91962-05-21343°43'N / 98°03'W1.00 Mile167 Yards0322.5M0Davison
23.42007-05-05244°04'N / 97°36'W44°04'N / 97°37'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0020K0KMiner
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado damaged outbuildings and destroyed a hunting lodge. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
25.01954-06-18243°25'N / 97°16'W43°28'N / 97°18'W2.70 Miles33 Yards003K0Turner
25.01965-06-07243°25'N / 97°20'W000K0Turner
26.71957-06-10243°51'N / 97°05'W000K0Lake
27.41956-05-10243°25'N / 97°15'W1.30 Miles100 Yards000K0Turner
27.52000-07-11243°58'N / 97°10'W43°57'N / 97°07'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0050K0Lake
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed storage sheds, lighting, fencing, and caused other damage at Lake County Speedway. The tornado also damaged crops over a small area.
27.71965-05-24244°00'N / 97°11'W000K0Lake
28.51992-06-16344°05'N / 97°32'W44°11'N / 97°26'W3.00 Miles73 Yards002.5M0Miner
28.61984-06-05243°20'N / 97°46'W0025K0Hutchinson
28.81978-06-24243°54'N / 98°07'W000K0Sanborn
28.91992-06-16243°43'N / 98°09'W43°50'N / 98°11'W3.00 Miles73 Yards003K0Davison
28.91992-06-16243°43'N / 98°09'W43°50'N / 98°11'W3.00 Miles73 Yards003K0Davison
29.91954-05-27243°30'N / 98°06'W1.00 Mile137 Yards0125K0Davison
30.31965-05-24244°00'N / 97°10'W44°07'N / 97°13'W7.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Lake
30.51962-05-16244°10'N / 97°39'W000K0Miner
31.91962-05-12243°32'N / 96°59'W43°41'N / 96°58'W10.10 Miles880 Yards0025K0Minnehaha
32.52003-06-24243°42'N / 98°14'W43°47'N / 98°15'W6.00 Miles400 Yards00500K0Davison
 Brief Description: A tornado damaged crops, trees, and numerous buildings on several farms. On one farm the northeast corner of a home was heavily damaged, and several buildings including a barn, a grainery, and a machine shed were destroyed. Large trees were blown down.
32.62003-06-24243°23'N / 97°08'W43°24'N / 97°08'W1.50 Miles200 Yards003.0M0Turner
 Brief Description: A tornado heavily damaged or destroyed numerous structures at the county fairgrounds, uprooted numerous trees, and blew down power lines, resulting in power outages which lasted up to a day. The tornado damaged other structures in Parker including homes and the county courthouse. One home was shifted off its foundation and received broken windows and damaged siding. Some of the damage resulted from falling trees or wind blown debris.
34.21992-08-09243°52'N / 96°56'W3.00 Miles250 Yards002.5M0Lake
34.41973-04-19244°00'N / 97°54'W44°12'N / 98°12'W20.10 Miles200 Yards0225K0Sanborn
35.31965-06-28243°13'N / 97°48'W43°15'N / 97°45'W2.30 Miles73 Yards000K0Hutchinson
35.41992-06-16243°47'N / 96°56'W43°51'N / 96°51'W5.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Minnehaha
35.41962-05-14344°30'N / 98°14'W43°38'N / 98°01'W60.70 Miles1760 Yards020K0Davison
36.81965-05-08243°46'N / 96°49'W43°49'N / 96°54'W4.50 Miles10 Yards0025K0Clay
37.11965-06-26342°58'N / 97°49'W43°25'N / 97°28'W35.60 Miles163 Yards00250K0Bon Homme
37.21966-05-22243°24'N / 97°00'W003K0Turner
38.11956-06-29244°00'N / 96°58'W44°00'N / 96°53'W3.00 Miles33 Yards003K0Lake
38.71962-05-21244°01'N / 98°17'W43°52'N / 98°20'W10.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Sanborn
39.91985-04-20243°11'N / 97°14'W43°18'N / 97°05'W12.00 Miles440 Yards002.5M0Turner
40.31961-06-21344°33'N / 97°32'W44°00'N / 97°05'W43.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Kingsbury
40.41964-06-22243°29'N / 96°50'W43°38'N / 96°48'W10.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Lincoln
40.71962-05-14343°24'N / 98°23'W43°30'N / 98°14'W9.70 Miles1760 Yards000K0Douglas
41.42003-06-24344°01'N / 98°19'W44°05'N / 98°16'W5.00 Miles500 Yards00500K0Sanborn
 Brief Description: A tornado, crossing into Sanborn County from Jerauld County, destroyed or severely damaged several buildings on two farms. The tornado lifted the roof off a house. Another farmhouse had windows blown out, and shingles and aluminum siding torn off. Destroyed buildings included a barn, garage, outbuildings, and other small structures. Vehicles inside the destroyed garage were damaged. The tornado also caused tree, power line, and crop damage.
41.41969-06-25243°24'N / 98°14'W43°26'N / 98°22'W6.60 Miles200 Yards0225K0Douglas
42.02008-06-05243°43'N / 96°46'W43°45'N / 96°44'W3.00 Miles100 Yards000K0KMinnehaha
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado caused damage to silos, farm buildings, power lines, and numerous trees. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Thunderstorms produced numerous events of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds over southeast South Dakota from late morning through the evening of June 5th. The thunderstorms also produced heavy rain which resulted in flash flooding at several locations.
42.12007-05-05343°40'N / 98°25'W43°44'N / 98°27'W4.00 Miles200 Yards00300K0KAurora
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado destroyed a hunting lodge and nearby outbuildings. The tornado also severely damaged a house, tossed a trailer 100 yards, and caused tree damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
42.31965-06-07443°10'N / 97°14'W43°11'N / 97°13'W002.5M0Yankton
42.31965-06-07443°11'N / 97°13'W43°14'N / 97°04'W7.80 Miles647 Yards102.5M0Turner
42.61965-06-07243°08'N / 97°20'W43°10'N / 97°15'W3.60 Miles100 Yards0025K0Turner
43.01956-08-08243°33'N / 96°46'W000K0Minnehaha
43.32007-05-05243°06'N / 97°36'W43°06'N / 97°36'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00100K0KYankton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado destroyed 3 concrete silos, destroyed numerous outbuildings, heavily damaged a large shed, damaged a barn, caused tree damage, and caused other damage on a farm. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
43.62003-06-24444°17'N / 97°46'W44°25'N / 97°43'W10.00 Miles1000 Yards043.0M0Kingsbury
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed or heavily damaged all buildings, other structures, and vehicles in the small town of Manchester. Propane and fuel oil tanks were destroyed. Many homes were stripped to the foundation. Of the six residents of the town, four were injured and were transported to hospitals. Three were deemed to be seriously injured, but non of the injuries were life threatening. One of the injured was in a basement, one was blown out of the home on the way to the same basement, and two were in a mobile home which was destroyed. The tornado damaged crops, trees, and power lines south of Manchester prior to reaching the town. The tornado also heavily damaged several farms north of Manchester, including two farms on which several buildings including the homes were destroyed. One of the farms was a "Centennial Farm". About 12 cattle were killed and others injured. The amount of crop damage was not known. During its path, the tornado was observed to have multiple vortices. The tornado was observed and video taped by numerous storm chasers and researchers. Researchers also deployed weather sensors around the town of Manchester. One of these sensors recorded a 100 millibar pressure drop as the tornado passed.
44.01981-08-03343°17'N / 97°09'W43°06'N / 97°05'W12.80 Miles440 Yards00250K0Turner
44.21987-07-11243°50'N / 96°44'W43°50'N / 96°42'W5.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Minnehaha
44.52003-06-24243°14'N / 96°56'W43°19'N / 96°59'W7.00 Miles300 Yards00500K0Turner
 Brief Description: A tornado, after crossing into Turner County from Lincoln County, heavily damaged farm buildings, including one farm home demolished, and roof and window damage to at least two other farm homes. The tornado also caused an unknown amount of crop damage.
44.51970-06-15344°09'N / 96°57'W44°10'N / 96°54'W00250K0Lake
44.51986-07-28243°26'N / 98°23'W1.90 Miles80 Yards00250K0Douglas
46.21972-07-19244°22'N / 97°52'W0.30 Mile150 Yards0025K0Beadle
46.42006-08-24244°19'N / 98°10'W44°15'N / 98°04'W7.00 Miles300 Yards002.0M0Beadle
 Brief Description: A tornado severely damaged 3 houses and destroyed or damaged a barn and several smaller buildings on farmsteads. The tornado knocked down power poles, with a transformer on one of the poles starting a brief fire. A tree shelter belt and crops were damaged. The amount of crop damage was not known.
46.72007-05-05243°04'N / 97°54'W43°07'N / 97°55'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00100K0KBon Homme
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado damaged two farms, including a house shifted off its foundation, and several outbuildings destroyed. The tornado also caused widespread tree damage, including some trees debarked and uprooted. The tornado also blew off the tops of grain bins and blew down power lines. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
46.91986-04-26243°14'N / 96°56'W43°16'N / 96°55'W6.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Turner
47.51956-06-29244°00'N / 96°53'W44°02'N / 96°34'W15.60 Miles33 Yards013K0Moody
47.81954-06-19343°29'N / 96°43'W43°30'N / 96°40'W003K0Lincoln
48.01986-04-26243°16'N / 96°55'W43°15'N / 96°51'W6.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Lincoln
48.11954-06-18343°03'N / 97°19'W43°08'N / 97°05'W12.80 Miles33 Yards0025K0Yankton
48.22003-06-24244°25'N / 97°39'W44°26'N / 97°37'W2.20 Miles200 Yards00200K0Kingsbury
 Brief Description: A tornado caused heavy damage to farm buildings including homes.
48.41992-06-16344°21'N / 97°10'W44°21'N / 97°07'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Kingsbury
48.61992-06-16344°21'N / 97°07'W44°19'N / 97°04'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Brookings
48.91954-06-18343°02'N / 97°30'W43°01'N / 97°27'W0025K0Yankton
48.91962-07-07244°24'N / 97°54'W0.20 Mile33 Yards003K0Beadle
49.02003-06-24243°08'N / 96°58'W43°11'N / 97°03'W7.00 Miles400 Yards0000Turner
 Brief Description: A tornado damaged farm buildings and equipment, as well as crops, trees, and power lines.
49.21964-06-22243°07'N / 96°53'W43°21'N / 96°53'W16.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Lincoln
49.61972-08-05243°01'N / 97°27'W0.30 Mile400 Yards003K0Yankton
50.02003-06-24344°22'N / 98°02'W44°24'N / 98°00'W3.50 Miles300 Yards001.5M0Beadle
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed farm buildings and numerous trees, resulting in F3 damage southwest of Cavour. Homes and businesses within the town of Cavour were severely damaged (F2). Winds of 120 mph were measured by an anemometer on top of a grain elevator in Cavour.


* 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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