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Tacoma, WA Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #2

Tacoma, WA
37.46
Washington
4.04
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, #187

Tacoma, WA
0.0109
Washington
0.0135
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, #109

Tacoma, WA
12.94
Washington
9.06
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 159 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Tacoma, WA were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:0Dense Fog:0Drought:1
Dust Storm:0Flood:19Hail:12Heat:0Heavy Snow:7
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:8
Thunderstorm Winds:9Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:0Winter Weather:1
Other:102 

Volcanos Nearby

A total of 6 volcanoes are found in or near Tacoma, WA.

Distance (miles)NameRegionLatitudeLongitudeElevation (foot)TypeStatusLast Eruption
42.3RainierUS-Washington, United States46.87-121.7584392StratovolcanoDendrochronologyLast known eruption 1800-1899
73.8St. HelensUS-Washington, United States46.2-122.182549StratovolcanoHistoricalLast known eruption 1964 or later
85.6AdamsUS-Washington, United States46.206-121.493742StratovolcanoTephrochronologyLast known eruption A.D. 1-1499
86.3Glacier PeakUS-Washington, United States48.112-121.1133213StratovolcanoTephrochronologyLast known eruption 1700-1799
96.2Indian HeavenUS-Washington, United States45.93-121.821513Shield volcanoRadiocarbonLast known eruption B.C. (Holocene)
96.4West CraterUS-Washington, United States45.88-122.081329Volcanic fieldRadiocarbonLast known eruption B.C. (Holocene)

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 33 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Tacoma, WA.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
1.91949-04-137N/A47.25-122.5
12.71965-04-296.5N/A47.4-122.3
17.21946-02-155.8N/A47.5-122.5
20.91946-02-155.8N/A47.3-122.9
37.01945-04-295.5N/A47.4-121.7
12.11939-11-135.3N/A47.4-122.6
16.51978-03-114.82547.42-122.71
17.31965-10-234.8N/A47.5-122.4
30.31976-09-084.84847.38-123.08
25.31971-12-284.42747.58-122.22
39.41967-03-074.4N/A47.8-122.7
36.71983-10-314.34547.35-123.23
41.01968-09-064.3N/A47.8-122.8
4.31970-10-244.22547.3-122.4
16.81978-03-314.22347.42-122.72
35.21964-10-154.1N/A47.7-122.1
4.11968-06-194N/A47.2-122.5
14.91975-04-234N/A47.08-122.65
30.41975-04-164N/A47.57-122.91
36.41978-12-3142047.58-121.85
44.01973-07-1841146.8-121.8
48.21969-10-094N/A46.77-121.72
31.81970-02-103.93347.7-122.3
17.51985-02-283.74747.49-122.59
40.11966-06-113.7N/A47.83-122.55
47.51981-11-123.72647.94-122.42
16.11984-06-023.62147.42-122.7
31.71979-02-013.6947.53-121.92
9.61985-03-183.55347.34-122.62
15.21969-11-283.5N/A47.4-122.7
21.01973-02-223.52047.2-122.9
28.51981-11-263.52247.65-122.62
39.11973-06-093.5N/A47.6-121.8

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 2 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Tacoma, WA.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
18.91969-12-12347°30'N / 122°24'W47°32'N / 122°19'W3.80 Miles100 Yards01250K0King
43.41965-11-10246°42'N / 122°54'W1.50 Miles23 Yards0025K0Lewis


* 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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