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

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Earthquake Index, #290

Stearns, KY

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

Stearns, KY

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, #556

Stearns, KY

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 3,351 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Stearns, KY were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:1Cold:26Dense Fog:26Drought:17
Dust Storm:0Flood:431Hail:746Heat:21Heavy Snow:9
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:6Landslide:0Strong Wind:20
Thunderstorm Winds:1,888Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:13Winter Weather:20

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Stearns, KY.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 58 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Stearns, KY.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
4.11980-04-08236°43'N / 84°28'W36°34'N / 84°33'W11.20 Miles200 Yards29250K0Mccreary
4.11973-05-10236°40'N / 84°26'W36°40'N / 84°23'W2.70 Miles33 Yards0525K0Mccreary
6.71967-03-12336°49'N / 84°31'W36°45'N / 84°20'W11.10 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mccreary
8.61998-04-16236°38'N / 84°45'W36°42'N / 84°30'W15.00 Miles100 Yards0030K0Mccreary
 Brief Description: The path of the tornado was intermittent. It first touched down in extreme southeast Wayne County, and then moved northeast across McCreary County. The tornado downed numerous trees in both Wayne and McCreary Counties. In Wayne County the tornado damaged a barn and several outbuildings, and overturned a vehicle. Before lifting the tornado hit Smithtown in McCreary County and damaged several mobile homes, houses and outbuildings.
8.81974-04-03436°40'N / 84°44'W36°45'N / 84°32'W12.50 Miles33 Yards000K0Mccreary
9.31974-04-03236°36'N / 84°46'W36°48'N / 84°31'W19.50 Miles33 Yards01125K0Mccreary
10.81974-04-03236°48'N / 84°26'W36°51'N / 84°18'W8.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Mccreary
11.21974-04-03336°29'N / 84°36'W36°35'N / 84°24'W13.00 Miles400 Yards021250K0Scott
13.41967-03-12336°45'N / 84°20'W36°40'N / 84°08'W12.50 Miles100 Yards05250K0Whitley
13.71974-04-03336°47'N / 84°42'W36°53'N / 84°36'W8.80 Miles33 Yards2402.5M0Wayne
14.91998-04-16236°37'N / 84°46'W36°39'N / 84°42'W3.60 Miles100 Yards0015K0Wayne
 Brief Description: The path of the tornado was intermittent. It first touched down in extreme southeast Wayne County, and then moved northeast across McCreary County. The tornado downed numerous trees in both Wayne and McCreary Counties. In Wayne County the tornado damaged a barn and several outbuildings, and overturned a vehicle. Before lifting the tornado hit Smithtown in McCreary County and damaged several mobile homes, houses and outbuildings.
15.21974-04-03236°51'N / 84°18'W36°52'N / 84°17'W000K0Whitley
15.61974-04-03336°53'N / 84°36'W36°56'N / 84°32'W5.10 Miles33 Yards052.5M0Pulaski
16.01974-04-03436°38'N / 84°47'W36°40'N / 84°44'W3.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Wayne
18.72010-05-02236°53'N / 84°43'W0050K0KWayne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado touched down 1 mile south of Betsey in the Meadow Creek area. The tornado had a path length of 1/4 of a mile and a path width of 100 yards. The estimated wind speeds associated with the tornado were 110 to 120 mph. The tornado downed numerous trees. The twister also blew part of the roof off of a brick home, causing the corner of an outside wall to collapse. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A multiple lines and clusters of intense showers and strong to severe thunderstorms brought a variety of severe weather to eastern Kentucky on May 2nd and 3rd. During the late morning and late afternoon hours of May 2nd, multiple thunderstorms formed ahead of an approaching frontal boundary. These storms eventually merged into a line that stretched across the entire forecast area late in the day on the 2nd. During the overnight hours a large area of intense showers and thunderstorms dumped anywhere from 2 to over 7 inches of rainfall. Flooding was the primary issue during the overnight and early morning hours of May 3rd. Some areas felt the affects of the flooding as late in the week as May 7th.
19.91967-03-12336°40'N / 84°07'W2.00 Miles100 Yards000K0Whitley
21.21974-04-03236°31'N / 84°52'W36°36'N / 84°46'W7.90 Miles400 Yards0025K0Fentress
24.02009-05-08236°21'N / 84°25'W5.00 Miles200 Yards0090K0KScott
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 135 miles an hour occurred around five miles southeast of Huntsville. The tornado initially touched down just west of the Fairview community with a maximum wind speed of 90 mph (EF-1) and a width of 100 yards. The tornado continued along an east path and increased in size and intensity to an EF-2 with a maximum wind speed at 135 mph and a width of 200 yards. Several large hardwood trees were snapped off near trunk level and a free standing cell phone tower was collapsed and twisted by the tornado winds. Extensive damage occurred in a concentrated path at least 80 yards in length at the 135 mph EF-2 level. The tornado continued east and finally weakened to an EF-1 with a maximum wind speed of 100 mph as it dissipated at the foothill of Gray Mountain. At least seven homes suffered minor to moderate wind damage along the 4.5 mile path of 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.
24.31974-04-03336°58'N / 84°45'W37°00'N / 84°42'W3.60 Miles33 Yards050K0Pulaski
25.01974-04-03436°37'N / 84°57'W36°38'N / 84°53'W3.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Wayne
25.91974-04-03336°51'N / 84°58'W36°58'N / 84°45'W14.40 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Wayne
25.91974-04-03336°17'N / 84°37'W36°22'N / 84°30'W8.60 Miles350 Yards050K0Scott
26.62008-04-11236°46'N / 85°00'W36°48'N / 84°53'W7.00 Miles400 Yards011.0M500KWayne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado with maximum winds near 130 mph entered Wayne County from Clinton County along Pleasant Ridge Road. The tornado maintained a continuous 7 mile track east northeast before lifting 1.5 miles southwest of Monticello near Furnace Mountain. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A slow moving cold front approached the area during the afternoon hours of April 11th. Severe thunderstorms developed along and ahead of the front. The storms first moved into Eastern Kentucky shortly before 2 PM EDT. These storms affected the areas near Monticello and Somerset. A tornado was confirmed to have touched down in Wayne County. These and other storms moved northeast across the area, causing wind damage. Numerous reports of structural damage and downed trees were reported across portions of the area. Large hail was also reported with some of the storms. Very heavy rainfall with some of the storms caused flash flooding in portions of Laurel County.
26.61974-04-03436°49'N / 85°02'W36°56'N / 84°46'W16.70 Miles33 Yards2170K0Wayne
28.41974-04-03337°02'N / 84°24'W37°09'N / 84°17'W10.30 Miles33 Yards6302.5M0Pulaski
28.91972-05-14236°22'N / 84°48'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0325K0Fentress
29.81957-11-18236°16'N / 84°52'W36°25'N / 84°42'W13.90 Miles220 Yards0225K0Fentress
30.42008-04-11236°46'N / 85°02'W36°46'N / 85°00'W1.00 Mile300 Yards00200K0KClinton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The fourth touchdown in this family of tornadoes produced by a cyclic supercell did the most damage in Clinton County as it hit several residences in a rural subdivision along Pleasure Ridge Road. After moving through uninhabited hillside for a mile, uprooting and snapping trees in a nearly quarter-mile wide path, the tornado tore the roof of a ranch-style brick home and destroyed its nearby outbuildings. Continuing along parallel to Pleasure Ridge Road, the tornado destroyed a mobile home and barn in its path, and heavily damaged at least three other homes before exiting the county. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms moved into south central Kentucky from Tennessee, including a super cell thunderstorm that produced four separate tornadoes that damaged numerous homes in Clinton County.
31.01974-04-03336°15'N / 84°40'W36°17'N / 84°37'W3.60 Miles350 Yards0625K0Morgan
31.21965-04-15236°21'N / 84°55'W36°25'N / 84°51'W5.90 Miles327 Yards0025K0Fentress
31.72008-04-11236°45'N / 85°04'W36°46'N / 85°01'W3.00 Miles300 Yards0075K0KClinton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: As the storm continued eastward, several homes and outbuildings were heavily damaged by the third tornado touchdown produced by the supercell. In addition to the structural damage covering nearly 1 1/2 miles, scores of trees were downed as were utility lines. A witness at the end of this tornado's path reported seeing two tornadoes on the ground simultaneously, as the fourth tornado produced by this supercell touched down about 1/4 mile north of the ending point of the third twister. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms moved into south central Kentucky from Tennessee, including a super cell thunderstorm that produced four separate tornadoes that damaged numerous homes in Clinton County.
31.81974-04-03337°01'N / 84°52'W37°15'N / 84°26'W28.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Russell
31.91967-05-30237°01'N / 84°54'W37°03'N / 84°50'W4.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Pulaski
32.51974-04-03436°31'N / 85°05'W36°35'N / 84°59'W7.20 Miles300 Yards562.5M0Pickett
34.11971-04-27437°05'N / 84°54'W37°04'N / 84°50'W3.80 Miles100 Yards020K0Pulaski
35.81974-04-03236°58'N / 84°07'W37°11'N / 83°57'W17.50 Miles33 Yards0222.5M0Laurel
36.21974-04-03436°15'N / 85°05'W36°26'N / 84°50'W18.80 Miles200 Yards71502.5M0Fentress
37.21973-06-29337°08'N / 84°05'W0.50 Mile100 Yards02250K0Laurel
37.22001-06-02237°08'N / 84°05'W37°08'N / 84°05'W7.00 Miles100 Yards01017.1M0KLaurel
 Brief Description: A strong F2 tornado with wind estimates between 135 and 155 miles per hour ripped through downtown London during the evening hours. The Carnaby Square shopping center was hard hit. The tornado was reported by eye witnesses to have been nearly stationary in the parking lot for nearly 4 minutes. During this time several automobiles including a large moving van were overtured. A 20 by 30 foot chunk of 4 inch thick blacktop from the parking lot was torn up and thrown approximately 100 feet. Merchandise from one of the stores was later found 25 miles to the east. The tornado lifted before crossing U.S. Highway 25. The tornado touched down again along Bellinger Street between 6:15 and 6:20 pm where several homes received major damage. One duplex lost its entire roof as a mother and her two sons took shelter on the second floor. A mobile home used for storage was demolished. One block over on Morgan Street several brick and framed homes lost their entire roofs. A framed home placed on a block foundation was blown 15 feet away from the foundation. The storm lifted as if approached the Rolling Acres Subdivision. Witnesses reported seeing two funnel clouds at this time as the storm continued moving east. Damage was confined to large trees and some shingle damage on roofs of homes. The storm again dropped a tornado as it approached a ball park just northwest of the intersection of Kentucky Highway 192 and 80. Three of the four teams in the park took refuge in the concession stand and the fourth team remained in the dugout where parents covered the children while laying on the ground. One mid sized truck was tossed from the parking lot approximately 150 feet. Fencing from both ball diamonds was blown away. The last major damage occurred at a mobile home sales lot near the intersection of Kentucky Highway 192 and the Daniel Boone Parkway. Eight mobile homes weighing 8 to 12 tons were totaled. Emergency management officials reported that there were 10 minor injuries with the most serious being a broken arm. Eighteen residences were destroyed, 21 received major damage while 84 received minor damage. Twenty-six businesses suffered major damage. One church received major damage with another receiving minor damage. Thirty vehicles were destroyed and three 18 wheel tractor trailers were overturned.
37.41998-04-16336°32'N / 85°11'W36°37'N / 85°05'W8.60 Miles880 Yards0410.0M1.0MPickett
 Brief Description: 40 homes and 22 mobile homes were destroyed from this tornado. 95% of the trees were destroyed in the path of the tornado. 45 utility poles were blown down. 100 barns were destroyed, 2 green houses were heavily damaged, and there was damage to fences and pasture land. There were 4 people injured, but they were treated and released.
37.71974-04-03436°43'N / 85°16'W36°49'N / 85°02'W14.60 Miles33 Yards8630K0Clinton
38.41974-04-03337°09'N / 84°17'W37°17'N / 84°11'W10.70 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Laurel
38.51965-04-25237°12'N / 84°39'W37°16'N / 84°39'W4.60 Miles100 Yards0025K0Pulaski
38.82002-11-10236°12'N / 84°12'W36°12'N / 84°05'W5.50 Miles75 Yards00213K0Anderson
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado produced a damage path 75 yards wide for a distance of 5.5 miles from near Briceville to Medford. The Medford community received the brunt of the damage, which was concentrated along Highway 25W, Leinart Road, Bryant Circle and Old and New Clear Branch roads. In all, 32 homes were damaged while 3 were totally destroyed. In addition, 9 mobile homes were damaged.
38.91971-04-27437°05'N / 85°04'W37°05'N / 84°54'W9.20 Miles100 Yards2702.5M0Russell
39.21984-05-06237°08'N / 84°05'W37°10'N / 84°01'W5.00 Miles50 Yards082.5M0Laurel
39.71974-03-29237°00'N / 85°05'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0125K0Russell
41.31955-03-25236°01'N / 84°25'W36°12'N / 84°14'W16.30 Miles1760 Yards003K0Jefferson
43.41988-05-09336°36'N / 83°45'W36°36'N / 83°39'W5.00 Miles500 Yards11525.0M0Bell
44.41974-04-03337°17'N / 84°11'W37°18'N / 84°10'W1.30 Miles33 Yards1102.5M0Rockcastle
45.22002-11-10336°02'N / 84°36'W36°03'N / 84°27'W8.30 Miles300 Yards728968K0Morgan
 Brief Description: A strong F3 tornado (with wind speeds estimated around 175 mph) touched down 4.4 miles south of Wartburg in the Mossy Grove community killing 5 people and injuring 28. This tornado then struck Joyner at 8:40 P.M. killing two more people for a total of 7 dead. The tornado damaged 63 homes while destroying 24 others. In addition, 18 mobile homes were damaged and 12 others were destroyed. M47PH, F36PH, F73PH, M55VE, F1VE, M45PH, F93PH
45.91974-04-03237°11'N / 83°57'W37°13'N / 83°55'W2.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Clay
46.61974-04-03436°39'N / 85°22'W36°43'N / 85°16'W7.10 Miles33 Yards03325K0Cumberland
47.41964-06-15237°06'N / 85°12'W37°06'N / 85°08'W3.60 Miles400 Yards0025K0Adair
48.41993-02-21336°01'N / 84°15'W36°06'N / 83°58'W10.00 Miles150 Yards035.0M0Knox
 Brief Description: The tornado started near Oak Ridge, moved through the Bull Run Steam Plant and went through the town of Claxton. Fifty homes were damaged and six mobile homes were destroyed. Two business were destroyed and another 10 were damaged including a weapons plant. Twelve electric transmission towers were knocked down.
48.61998-05-31237°13'N / 85°05'W37°12'N / 85°04'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00300K0Adair
 Brief Description: Numerous thunderstorms developed near and north of the Ohio River by late afternoon and dropped south and east across central Kentucky producing widespread severe weather. A brief F2 tornado touched down at Pellyton producing heavy damage to a brick house and destroying several mobile homes. Meanwhile, Marion, Taylor, Russell and Adair counties had widespread flash flooding with numerous roads under water, a few bridges washed out and cars washed away and water entering many homes and businesses. Five families in Calvary in Marion county were forced from their homes due to the high waters. Otherwise, severe thunderstorm winds knocked down numerous trees and power lines across the area and hail to the size of golf balls was reported at several locations. Taylor, Nelson, Henry, Oldham and Clark counties all had some property damage due to thunderstorm winds with barns destroyed, trees falling on cars and mobile home damage. Reports were from DES, spotters and the public.
48.82009-10-09237°14'N / 85°03'W37°15'N / 85°01'W1.00 Mile220 Yards000K0KCasey
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado did some damage to homes and buildings near Liberty, Kentucky. Trees were also damaged. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong storm system moved into central Kentucky during the early morning hours of October 9th bringing a round of flash flooding and even some straight line winds and a tornado to the area. Later in the afternoon across southeast portions of central Kentucky, sunny skies allow a more unstable airmass to produce more severe weather and two EF-2 tornadoes resulted.
49.31997-03-28236°22'N / 85°20'W36°24'N / 85°13'W5.90 Miles440 Yards02250K0Overton
 Brief Description: A trailer was overturned and destroyed. 3 people were trapped inside and 2 of them sustained minor injuries. Several homes were damaged in the Goose Creek area near Alpine. A few barns were damaged near Livingston and another barn was damaged near Alpine. Many trees and power lines were down. Path length and width are approximations.

* 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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