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

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

Earthquake Index, #366

Swepsonville, NC
0.06
North Carolina
0.18
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

Swepsonville, NC
0.0000
North Carolina
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, #657

Swepsonville, NC
87.53
North Carolina
115.21
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 4,120 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Swepsonville, NC were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:2Cold:9Dense Fog:0Drought:33
Dust Storm:0Flood:427Hail:1,215Heat:1Heavy Snow:130
High Surf:0Hurricane:5Ice Storm:11Landslide:0Strong Wind:52
Thunderstorm Winds:1,925Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:33Winter Weather:119
Other:158 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Swepsonville, NC.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Swepsonville, NC.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 31 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Swepsonville, NC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
13.61992-11-23336°05'N / 79°11'W36°07'N / 79°04'W5.50 Miles1200 Yards210250K0Orange
17.91969-04-18235°52'N / 79°36'W0125K0Randolph
17.91991-03-29235°42'N / 79°28'W35°52'N / 79°03'W25.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Chatham
20.11991-03-29235°52'N / 79°03'W35°53'N / 79°03'W1.00 Mile300 Yards000K0Orange
20.31954-08-17235°47'N / 79°33'W2.10 Miles110 Yards00250K0Randolph
23.81989-05-05235°55'N / 78°58'W36°02'N / 78°54'W8.70 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Durham
24.51954-06-16236°10'N / 79°48'W36°12'N / 79°42'W6.10 Miles100 Yards013K0Guilford
25.21965-10-07235°39'N / 79°24'W35°41'N / 79°18'W6.10 Miles27 Yards0025K0Chatham
26.31984-04-04236°01'N / 78°53'W1.70 Miles67 Yards042.5M0Durham
26.61977-10-01235°48'N / 79°50'W35°53'N / 79°42'W9.40 Miles40 Yards00250K0Randolph
28.81964-07-12236°24'N / 79°20'W36°29'N / 79°11'W10.00 Miles50 Yards01250K0Caswell
29.11952-04-05235°48'N / 78°53'W35°54'N / 78°53'W6.90 Miles300 Yards0025K0Wake
32.01991-03-29235°38'N / 80°01'W35°51'N / 79°35'W28.00 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Randolph
33.01956-03-18235°52'N / 78°48'W0.30 Mile100 Yards003K0Wake
34.11964-07-12236°29'N / 79°11'W36°31'N / 79°08'W3.60 Miles50 Yards00250K0Person
35.82008-05-08236°03'N / 80°01'W36°06'N / 79°58'W4.00 Miles200 Yards134.0M0KGuilford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado, originally an EF-0, initially touched down just north of Squire Davis Park near the intersection of Sandy Ridge Road and Johnson Street. From there the tornado tracked northeast and intensified to EF-1 intensity as it approached the Farmers Market and Interstate 40. The tornado overturned several cars and tractor trailers as it crossed Interstate 40. A roof was blown off of an office building just north of the interstate as the tornado continued to intensify. As the tornado moved further northeast into an industrial complex, it further strengthened to EF-2 with winds estimated around 130 mph based on damage to warehouses. Numerous warehouses along Little Santee Road, Capital Drive, and West Market Street sustained significant damage. Numerous vehicles and tractor trailers were also overturned in the industrial complex. At its widest point, the tornado was just over 200 yards wide. The tornado quickly lifted off of the ground after crossing West Market Street near the post office. The tornado was on the ground for about four miles. One fatality occurred along West Market Street next to the Lamination Service Building located at 8717 West Market Street. The fatality occurred as a 51 year old man slept in the rig of his tractor trailer. Three other injuries were reported, two of which occurred in automobiles and another in the I.H. Caffey Warehouse Distribution Center. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level low moving east-northeast across Kentucky and Tennessee, triggered several instances of severe damaging winds and two tornadoes across the Triad region in the northwest piedmont of North Carolina.
37.02010-03-28336°00'N / 80°02'W36°02'N / 80°00'W3.00 Miles250 Yards0010.0M0KGuilford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado initially touched down as an EF1 with winds around 100 mph near Old Plank Road in southwest Guilford County. It was in this area where the Apple Tree Academy sustained significant damage and two vehicles including a small bus were rolled 50 yards across the street. From this point the tornado continued northeast across Highway 311. The next area to experience damage was just north of Highway 311 and south of Old Mill Road along Langdale, Imperial and Impala Drives. Tornado damage in this area continued to indicate EF1 winds with numerous trees down along with a number of home with roof and siding damage. The tornado intensified to an EF2 as it crossed Old Mill Road towards Johnson Street. The EF2 tornado severely damaged numerous homes along Brandon Drive. In on instance, an entire bedroom was blown off a single story home. Three individuals who were taking shelter in a bedroom closet were carried 50 feet and were buried under the debris. One individual experienced several broken bones but overall injuries were not serious. The remainder of the house was shifted off the foundation approximately 8 inches. EF2 tornado damage continued north of Old Mill Road to Skeet Club Road along either side of Johnson Road with winds around 130 mph for most of its duration but briefly reached EF3 intensity with winds of 138 mph near Hampton Park Drive at 1278 Silverstone Court where the upper level of a two story home was blown off. Fifty to sixty homes along Hampton Park Drive, Scarlet Drive, Ruskin Drive and Johnson Road were severely damaged. The tornado crossed Johnson Road as an EF2 crossing Elmwood Avenue, Oakforest Drive and Maplewood Avenue. Nearly every home in this highly urbanized area experienced minor to moderate damage. The upper floor of a two story home on Elmwood Avenue was blown off. The tornado weakened to an EF1 as it crossed Maplewood Avenue and Wellingham Lane, where numerous homes experienced roof and siding damage. The tornado finally lifted off the ground north of Kendale Road. In total 603 single family homes were damaged with 21 homes being completely destoryed. Thirty-one multifamily homes were damaged with 16 reported destroyed. Finally, eleven businesses sustained damage, with 3 businesses completely destroyed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Convection developed ahead of an amplified upper trough across the Tennessee Valley while a strong southerly mid and upper level jet provided strong shear across the region. Tornadoes formed and track ahead of a developing surface low across Georgia and along a wedge front located across the western Piedmont of NC.
37.61965-10-07335°39'N / 79°50'W1.00 Mile33 Yards1425K0Randolph
41.91995-10-27236°30'N / 78°56'W36°33'N / 78°54'W4.00 Miles75 Yards00250K0Person
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down on SR 1514. A home was destroyed and two others were significantly damaged on U.S. 501 North. Many trees and power lines were downed. Three mobile homes destroyed.
41.91956-04-06235°30'N / 79°04'W35°33'N / 78°49'W14.40 Miles100 Yards0025K0Lee
42.81988-11-28435°52'N / 78°45'W35°58'N / 78°27'W20.00 Miles400 Yards2105250.0M0Wake
45.01952-11-19236°26'N / 78°43'W1.00 Mile50 Yards01250K0Granville
45.91982-06-16235°32'N / 78°49'W35°33'N / 78°47'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Harnett
45.91982-06-16235°33'N / 78°47'W35°35'N / 78°45'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Wake
46.21981-06-06236°04'N / 80°14'W36°10'N / 80°07'W9.40 Miles17 Yards01250K0Forsyth
46.71989-05-05336°06'N / 80°15'W36°13'N / 80°06'W10.50 Miles200 Yards03025.0M0Forsyth
46.81989-05-05236°08'N / 80°13'W36°12'N / 80°08'W5.50 Miles100 Yards0102.5M0Forsyth
47.01966-11-02235°31'N / 78°44'W36°00'N / 78°26'W37.40 Miles77 Yards09250K0Wake
47.51995-10-27236°13'N / 78°32'W2.00 Miles75 Yards00250K0Granville
 Brief Description: A tornado touched in the community of Corinth. Numerous large trees were downed and a new home lost its roof. Numerous barns and farm outbuildings were destroyed. At the intersection of Highway 96 and SR 1643, a home was damaged when a large tree was blown onto the home and the roof was lifted off. Numerous 100-year-old trees were twisted and snapped. A truck and cement outbuilding were also destroyed.
47.62010-10-27236°34'N / 78°52'W36°36'N / 78°49'W4.00 Miles200 Yards0040K0KHalifax
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near Highway 96 in the Mayo Community and continued intermittently on the ground for a mile. It destroyed one barn, blew several roofs off sheds, moved one house off its foundation, and downed hundreds of trees. The tornado then strengthened to EF2 status along a 2 mile continuous path, from Watts Trail through North Fork Church Road to Lowery road. In this path approximately 15 telephone poles were snapped off, thousands of trees were downed, and 3 homes had windows blown out, roofs damaged, or trees falling on them. Numerous barns and outbuildings were also destroyed. the tornado then weakened as it approached Lowery Road before lifting. Near Lowery Road one home was damaged with windows blown out and roof damage. Several large trees were also downed along with 2 barns and 3 outbuildings destroyed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system over Minnesota pushed a front across our area. Very strong winds aloft set the stage for damaging wind gusts and tornadoes. Enough instability was present ahead of this front to enhance the severe threat. An area of severe thunderstorms and embedded supercells moved into the Piedmont of Virginia late in the evening of the 26th into early on the 27th. These storms produced areas of wind damage and two tornadoes.
49.71985-05-22336°06'N / 80°16'W36°04'N / 80°13'W3.50 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Forsyth


* 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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