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The chance of earthquake damage in Staples is about the same as Texas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Staples is lower than Texas 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, #1062

Staples, TX

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

Staples, TX

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, #1337

Staples, TX

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 2,671 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Staples, TX were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:2Dense Fog:1Drought:48
Dust Storm:0Flood:812Hail:1,037Heat:1Heavy Snow:2
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:6Landslide:0Strong Wind:1
Thunderstorm Winds:684Tropical Storm:2Wildfire:3Winter Storm:10Winter Weather:7

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Staples, TX.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Staples, TX.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Staples, TX.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 47 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Staples, TX.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
9.91961-11-12229°52'N / 97°56'W003K0Hays
11.41967-05-01229°39'N / 97°58'W0.50 Mile20 Yards003K0Guadalupe
11.61961-11-12229°54'N / 97°43'W1.00 Mile433 Yards0025K0Caldwell
11.71957-04-26229°41'N / 97°39'W003K0Caldwell
13.31980-08-10229°54'N / 97°52'W29°54'N / 98°05'W13.10 Miles200 Yards02025.0M0Caldwell
13.41969-05-22229°36'N / 97°57'W003K0Guadalupe
13.91965-08-28229°51'N / 97°37'W0.50 Mile33 Yards000K0Caldwell
14.91956-10-20229°35'N / 97°58'W1.00 Mile33 Yards013K0Guadalupe
17.11966-05-21229°42'N / 98°06'W2.00 Miles880 Yards000K0Cottle
17.41953-12-01329°30'N / 97°56'W29°32'N / 97°52'W5.10 Miles1760 Yards010250K0Guadalupe
18.01961-09-04229°37'N / 98°04'W29°37'N / 98°05'W1.90 Miles33 Yards003K0Guadalupe
18.41971-02-25229°53'N / 97°40'W29°57'N / 97°29'W11.90 Miles50 Yards000K0Caldwell
18.91961-08-04229°42'N / 97°31'W0.10 Mile100 Yards033K0Caldwell
19.01985-04-22230°02'N / 97°51'W0.50 Mile50 Yards00250K0Hays
19.11967-09-20329°39'N / 98°07'W5.00 Miles67 Yards00250K0Comal
19.71976-03-30230°02'N / 97°55'W2.50 Miles200 Yards01250K0Hays
22.11976-03-30230°00'N / 98°04'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Hays
22.81965-04-15229°51'N / 97°31'W29°54'N / 97°25'W6.90 Miles50 Yards000K0Caldwell
23.02007-07-21229°26'N / 97°58'W29°28'N / 97°58'W2.00 Miles150 Yards0050K0KGuadalupe
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: At approximately 4:25 am CST a tornado estimated to be an EF-2 touched down about 9 miles south of Seguin and 1/4 mile southeast of CR411. The tornado moved northward along SH123 for nearly 1 mile before turning slightly to the north northwest and crossing CR410. It damaged three outbuildings, a residence and a store, but no one was injured. The tornado ranged in width from 50 yards up to 150 yards. The total track length was approximately 2 miles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Thunderstorms associated with a persistent upper level low produced heavy rain and flash flooding through the morning on July 21.
30.41980-08-10229°54'N / 98°05'W30°06'N / 98°25'W24.20 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Hays
32.91954-07-12229°35'N / 98°20'W1.00 Mile33 Yards003K0Bexar
34.21973-10-11229°39'N / 97°16'W29°45'N / 97°15'W7.10 Miles50 Yards0025K0Gonzales
34.21965-05-18229°16'N / 97°46'W0.50 Mile33 Yards003K0Gonzales
34.41973-10-11229°45'N / 97°15'W29°46'N / 97°15'W1.10 Miles50 Yards0125K0Fayette
35.91991-02-19229°16'N / 97°38'W0.20 Mile10 Yards000K0Gonzales
36.11980-08-10230°00'N / 97°10'W30°05'N / 97°28'W18.80 Miles77 Yards000K0Bastrop
36.61980-08-10230°15'N / 97°39'W30°18'N / 97°43'W5.40 Miles150 Yards04250.0M0Travis
41.11973-01-20230°21'N / 97°55'W0.10 Mile40 Yards0025K0Travis
41.11958-05-03229°43'N / 98°41'W29°43'N / 98°20'W21.00 Miles67 Yards0025K0Bexar
41.81959-05-10330°17'N / 97°43'W30°25'N / 97°37'W11.00 Miles667 Yards00250K0Travis
42.11997-05-27430°22'N / 98°01'W30°20'N / 97°59'W5.60 Miles440 Yards1515.0M0KTravis
 Brief Description: M25MH The Pedernales Valley tornado began on the shore of Lake Travis destroying trees and a floating marina where nearly all of the watercraft were destroyed. While numerous trees were twisted and uprooted in this area, several structures sustained only what appeared to be minor damage that would be no more than F0. The tornado was initially moving westward as it moved into rough terrain. A number of structures sustained varying damage until the tornado reached Bee Creek Road. At that location, a Southwest Bell building housing telephone switching equipment was destroyed. The building was well constructed and was one of several buildings which indicated at F4 rating for this tornado. Bee Creek Road takes a bend close to the telephone building and across the street a house was destroyed with walls knocked down. Approximately 2.2 miles from the lake, the tornado path takes a distinct dog leg turn toward the southwest. The point at which this dog-leg turn occurred also corresponds with a knoll. Trees and buildings at the top of the knoll were destroyed. After the dog-leg turn, the tornado assumed a heading of 250 degrees and crossed a major power distribution line. One steel tower was destroyed bringing all lines to the ground. The tornado remained on the 250 degree heading moving through the area described as the Hazy Hills subdivision. Numerous houses and several mobile homes were totally destroyed. Several houses survived but sustained major damage making them totally uninhabitable. The only death associated with this tornado occurred here when one man was killed. He lived in a mobile home that was demolished and his vehicle was tossed several hundred feet. Other survey team members were unable to learn whether he was in the mobile home or had left it to drive away. The tornado continued west-southwest moving across State Road (SR) 71. A number of well built homes in the Hazy Hills subdivision were heavily damaged or destroyed. Crossing SR 71, the tornado moved into another subdivision with widely separated houses in the Lick Creek valley, a steep walled creek that feeds into the Pedernales River. One stone-walled house located just north of Pedernales Drive and west of SR 71 was completely deroofed. Other structures in this subdivision sustained roof damage in the F2 range. After following the terrain into the creek it climbed another rise in the land before ending shortly after passing the crest of the small hill. As the tornado ended, damage was minimal to trees.
42.71953-04-28330°00'N / 97°10'W0.50 Mile200 Yards0325K0Bastrop
42.71965-05-18230°00'N / 97°10'W1.00 Mile17 Yards003K0Bastrop
42.71953-04-28329°33'N / 98°32'W29°35'N / 98°28'W4.90 Miles200 Yards15250K0Hays
42.91991-01-14229°59'N / 97°12'W30°02'N / 97°08'W5.00 Miles60 Yards00250K0Bastrop
43.51957-03-31230°23'N / 97°43'W0.50 Mile100 Yards00250K0Travis
44.11969-05-03229°23'N / 98°25'W1.00 Mile67 Yards00250K0Bexar
45.11969-05-16229°25'N / 98°30'W29°27'N / 98°27'W4.30 Miles100 Yards03250K0Bexar
45.81959-05-10229°16'N / 98°20'W1.00 Mile33 Yards003K0Bexar
46.01977-04-14230°16'N / 98°00'W30°34'N / 97°54'W21.60 Miles200 Yards00250K0Travis
46.81970-07-04230°26'N / 97°55'W1.50 Miles47 Yards140K0Travis
47.41980-08-10230°06'N / 98°25'W30°08'N / 98°35'W10.40 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Blanco
47.91980-08-10229°25'N / 98°25'W29°25'N / 98°37'W12.20 Miles100 Yards02250K0Bexar
47.91997-05-27230°28'N / 97°56'W30°26'N / 97°53'W3.60 Miles100 Yards0050K10KTravis
 Brief Description: The Cedar Park tornado formed around 3:05 pm CST from a different supercell thunderstorm. It first touched down about 3.5 miles north of Cedar Park at a location 0.6 miles south of CR 178 and 1.4 miles east of the intersection of US 183 and CR 178. The initial damage was to trees, however, the ground survey revealed damage nearby to a church and a trucking company. The aerial survey did not reflect this damage as being in line with the damage path. It is quite possible this damage was caused by strong wind near the tornado. The beginning point was in a relatively open area with damage primarily to a few trees and minor shingle damage to one house. The tornado moved south-southwestward skirting a residential area before it crossed CR 180 immediately east of US 183. A historic train located on the north side of CR 180 just to the east of US 183 was in the direct path of the tornado. While the engine remained on the track, a coal tender converted to hold diesel fuel and weighing approximately 65,000 pounds including the 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel was flipped over and thrown a short distance. Continuing across CR180, it entered a shopping center where it weakened and pushed inward slightly the north wall of a grocery store. It also pushed large metal doors inward that were built to open toward the outside. Damage at this point had been generally F2 with brief F3 as the tornado knocked the train tender off the track and damaged the wall and doors of the food store. It tore off much of a weakly supported roof of a grocery store. The manager of the store, who had been a victim of the Wichita Falls Tornado of 1979, saw the approaching tornado, and made an announcement to all in the store to meet him in the middle of the store. He then led everyone he could gather into the meat locker. This very quick and decisive action probably saved several lives. The tornado crossed US 183 causing additional damage to a number of businesses. One business on the west side of US 183 lost nearly the entire roof. Most damage to other businesses was believed to be minor. After crossing US 183 the tornado moved across Marquis Lane and North Park Circle moving through an area with widely scattered housing and a relative abundance of trees. Again, most damage to structures in this area was minor. From North Park Circle the tornado moved into the northwestern portion of Buttercup Creek, a subdivision of well constructed homes. Damage to homes was irregular with one house losing a roof but the house next door losing only shingles. Two homes in the area were nearly destroyed an one damaged when a pickup truck was lifted and tossed against its front wall. Eleven homes were destroyed, with damage reported to over 100 homes. The damage level ranged from F0 to F2. At this point, the tornado track was taking a gentle right turn as the tornado track became more southwesterly. The tornado moved into a wooded area crossing into Travis County before ending 1.1 miles from Lake Travis. Damage in the wooded area was irregular ranging from near total destruction of all trees to sections with about 10 percent of the trees down.
49.11957-04-24330°16'N / 97°22'W30°23'N / 97°17'W9.60 Miles880 Yards01250K0Bastrop
49.81969-05-06330°07'N / 98°34'W30°17'N / 98°24'W15.20 Miles100 Yards0225K0Blanco
49.91961-11-22329°23'N / 98°32'W1.00 Mile50 Yards003K0Bexar

* 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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