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

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Earthquake Index, #373

Williamsburg, KS
0.01
Kansas
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

Williamsburg, KS
0.0000
Kansas
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, #325

Williamsburg, KS
242.95
Kansas
252.53
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 5,466 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Williamsburg, KS were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:10Cold:21Dense Fog:7Drought:14
Dust Storm:0Flood:424Hail:2,618Heat:19Heavy Snow:36
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:14Landslide:0Strong Wind:52
Thunderstorm Winds:1,949Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:66Winter Weather:31
Other:204 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Williamsburg, KS.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Williamsburg, KS.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 105 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Williamsburg, KS.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
5.31957-05-20338°30'N / 95°26'W38°32'N / 95°20'W5.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Franklin
8.01958-11-17238°30'N / 95°37'W000K0Osage
9.71958-11-17238°37'N / 95°25'W000K0Franklin
10.61954-04-10238°20'N / 95°31'W003K0Coffey
11.11964-04-22238°33'N / 95°17'W013K0Franklin
11.41957-05-20538°27'N / 95°30'W38°40'N / 95°04'W27.70 Miles440 Yards3112.5M0Franklin
13.31955-09-21238°18'N / 95°33'W0.30 Mile33 Yards003K0Coffey
13.71960-04-16338°29'N / 95°17'W38°35'N / 95°10'W9.20 Miles77 Yards0025K0Franklin
14.72003-05-08338°35'N / 95°45'W38°42'N / 95°33'W25.00 Miles800 Yards001.5M0Osage
 Brief Description: A second tornado touched down in Osage county about 13 miles southwest of Lyndon and moved northeast for 25 miles before dissipating 6 miles south of Overbrook. The tornado was a half mile wide in places and did considerable damage to farm buildings, machinery, and fences along its path.
15.11981-05-23238°22'N / 95°14'W1.50 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Anderson
18.81974-04-20238°17'N / 95°14'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0025K0Anderson
20.11958-05-31238°40'N / 95°11'W1.00 Mile60 Yards0025K0Franklin
20.41973-11-20238°17'N / 95°45'W1.00 Mile33 Yards00250K0Coffey
20.61964-05-26238°16'N / 95°44'W0025K0Coffey
21.21954-03-18238°47'N / 95°33'W003K0Osage
21.61964-04-12438°07'N / 95°18'W38°22'N / 95°08'W19.40 Miles880 Yards39250K0Anderson
23.91962-08-06338°47'N / 95°15'W38°45'N / 95°11'W4.10 Miles33 Yards00250K0Douglas
24.31958-05-31238°44'N / 95°13'W38°47'N / 95°10'W4.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Franklin
25.61978-05-23238°49'N / 95°43'W38°49'N / 95°38'W4.10 Miles30 Yards01250K0Osage
26.11977-05-04338°48'N / 95°22'W38°48'N / 95°03'W16.90 Miles300 Yards012.5M0Douglas
27.91956-07-02238°48'N / 95°11'W38°48'N / 95°07'W3.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Franklin
28.41951-06-08238°53'N / 95°21'W003K0Douglas
28.51954-03-24238°44'N / 95°03'W003K0Franklin
29.61955-05-27238°13'N / 95°08'W38°29'N / 94°46'W27.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Anderson
30.91957-06-11238°52'N / 95°14'W38°54'N / 95°12'W1.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Douglas
31.51961-04-21238°05'N / 95°09'W38°10'N / 95°04'W7.20 Miles50 Yards00250K0Anderson
31.92003-05-08238°01'N / 95°18'W38°08'N / 95°05'W15.00 Miles800 Yards031.1M0Anderson
 Brief Description: A tornado formed 5 miles southeast of Colony and traveled a 15 mile path northeast before entering Linn county and dissipating. While in Anderson county the tornado injured 3 people, destroyed 7 homes and seriously damaged 2 others. Severe weather erupted over a large part of the area during the afternoon and evening hours of the 8th. Numerous reports of large hail and a few reports of strong winds were received. In addition 12 tornadoes were reported (discussed separately), some doing considerable damage. Four funnel clouds were also sighted. May 8, 2003, was estimated to be the most significant and widespread tornado outbreak in northeast Kansas since April 26, 1991. All meteorological severe weather forecast parameters came together over northeast Kansas on the afternoon of May 8 to produce an SPC "high risk" area of potential severe weather. The possibility of strong, long-lived destructive tornadoes was highlighted for nearly 24 hours in advance in nearly every NWS statement and product. The significant and widespread tornado outbreak in the nearby Kansas City area just four days before increased public weather awareness and concern, and together with timely watches, statements and warnings, helped prevent tornado related deaths and minimized storm injuries.
32.51974-06-08438°42'N / 95°58'W38°52'N / 95°54'W11.90 Miles440 Yards0025.0M0Osage
32.92008-05-02238°58'N / 95°27'W38°57'N / 95°28'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00260K0KDouglas
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado demolished and removed a garage and two-thirds of an unoccupied house from it's foundation just after touching down. Debris from the house and the garage was strewn across a nearby field for approximately 500 yards. A metal outbuilding was destroyed near the end of the tornado path. Between these two points, moderate tree damage was noted. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Thunderstorms developed along a dryline during the late afternoon of May 1st, and sustained as the synoptic cold front dove through the region later that evening. Two tornadoes touched down and caused damage in portions of Osage and Douglas Counties. One residence in Douglas County was almost completely demolished by one of the tornadoes, rated an EF-2. Hail from the size of quarters to the size of golfballs was also reported across portions of northeast and east central Kansas. After 11pm CST, the severe weather threat focus turned to strong winds. Trees were damaged across portions of the warning area, as was property including homes, outbuidings, power poles, and transformers. The Emergency Manager from Osage County reported that property damage estimates were around $100,000. Spotters estimated wind speeds up to 70 mph, and a measured gust of 71 mph was reported by the ASOS at the Lawrence Municipal Airport.
33.31978-05-11238°37'N / 94°59'W38°36'N / 94°46'W11.50 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Miami
33.31982-03-15237°58'N / 95°30'W38°02'N / 95°24'W6.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Allen
33.52003-05-08238°06'N / 95°04'W38°10'N / 95°01'W7.00 Miles300 Yards0015K0Linn
 Brief Description: Tornado crossed from Anderson county into Linn county 3 miles west northwest of Blue Mound and produced tree damage in rural county before dissipating. However...a cemetery was hit with many tombstones knocked over and damage to mausoleums.
34.01974-06-08438°25'N / 96°13'W38°42'N / 95°58'W23.70 Miles1760 Yards617725.0M0Lyon
34.21962-05-28238°50'N / 95°54'W38°56'N / 95°47'W0.90 Mile200 Yards00250K0Osage
34.51964-04-12338°45'N / 95°29'W39°12'N / 95°14'W33.80 Miles880 Yards032.5M0Douglas
34.61955-05-26238°38'N / 95°47'W39°19'N / 94°55'W66.20 Miles33 Yards00250K0Osage
34.91981-06-19338°58'N / 95°16'W38°55'N / 95°08'W7.70 Miles200 Yards13325.0M0Douglas
35.11962-05-28238°20'N / 96°07'W38°23'N / 96°05'W3.60 Miles300 Yards00250K0Lyon
35.51974-06-08438°52'N / 95°54'W38°54'N / 95°52'W1.90 Miles200 Yards000K0Shawnee
35.71962-05-26338°58'N / 95°42'W2.00 Miles33 Yards04250K0Shawnee
35.82003-05-08238°58'N / 95°14'W38°58'N / 95°14'W0.70 Mile250 Yards066.4M0Douglas
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down in the southwest part of Lawrence and did considerable damage to the area. An apartment complex suffered major damage as did several other homes and residences in the area. Six people were injured and treated at a Lawrence hospital. Severe weather erupted over a large part of the area during the afternoon and evening hours of the 8th. Numerous reports of large hail and a few reports of strong winds were received. In addition 12 tornadoes were reported (discussed separately), some doing considerable damage. Four funnel clouds were also sighted. May 8, 2003, was estimated to be the most significant and widespread tornado outbreak in northeast Kansas since April 26, 1991. All meteorological severe weather forecast parameters came together over northeast Kansas on the afternoon of May 8 to produce an SPC "high risk" area of potential severe weather. The possibility of strong, long-lived destructive tornadoes was highlighted for nearly 24 hours in advance in nearly every NWS statement and product. The significant and widespread tornado outbreak in the nearby Kansas City area just four days before increased public weather awareness and concern, and together with timely watches, statements and warnings, helped prevent tornado related deaths and minimized storm injuries.
36.11958-07-11239°00'N / 95°34'W000K0Shawnee
36.31958-07-11238°55'N / 95°51'W000K0Shawnee
36.51973-03-13238°14'N / 96°07'W38°23'N / 96°06'W10.20 Miles220 Yards0025K0Lyon
36.71983-05-06338°54'N / 95°52'W39°03'N / 95°35'W19.00 Miles150 Yards12525.0M0Shawnee
36.71956-04-02438°02'N / 95°54'W38°06'N / 95°53'W4.50 Miles880 Yards0525K0Coffey
37.51956-04-02338°50'N / 95°53'W38°58'N / 95°57'W9.80 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Marion
38.21952-05-22438°59'N / 95°13'W39°00'N / 95°10'W2.70 Miles440 Yards02250K0Douglas
38.31962-07-11239°02'N / 95°23'W003K0Douglas
38.81966-06-08538°55'N / 95°55'W39°05'N / 95°35'W21.10 Miles880 Yards16450250.0M0Shawnee
38.91977-05-04338°48'N / 95°03'W38°55'N / 94°49'W14.70 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Johnson
38.91962-05-26238°34'N / 96°11'W2.00 Miles200 Yards003K0Lyon
39.12007-02-28438°07'N / 95°04'W38°15'N / 94°39'W24.00 Miles800 Yards00400K0KLinn
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: EF4 tornado crossed from Anderson county into Linn county in Kansas at 7:30 PM CST, 4 miles northwest of Blue Mound. The tornado moved east-northeast over mainly rural areas of the county. A home, several farm buildings, and garage were completely destroyed. Other buildings received minor to moderate damage. There were no injuries or deaths with this tornado. The tornado also downed trees and power lines. The tornado lifted 6 miles north-northeast of Pleasanton at 8:10 PM CST. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong storm system lifted northeast into the region from Oklahoma, during the late afternoon and early evening hours on February 28th. The dynamics from this storm system provided the lift for rapid thunderstorm development along and north of a warm front by the early evening hours. There were numerous reports of hail with the storms, as well as some flash flooding. The most significant severe thunderstorm produced a tornado in Anderson county Kansas, which then tracked east into Linn county Kansas. The EF4 tornado took a nearly 24 mile continuous path, where it caused damage to mainly rural areas. Just north of Blue Mound a single residence, garage, and several farm buildings were completely destroyed. The tornado was historic, since it was the first time anywhere in the country that a tornado was rated as high as EF4, since switching to the new Enhanced Fujita scale February 1st, 2007.
39.21969-07-09238°57'N / 95°06'W38°58'N / 95°03'W2.70 Miles33 Yards02250K0Douglas
39.51954-03-18238°45'N / 96°07'W003K0Wabaunsee
39.51977-05-04238°27'N / 94°48'W38°36'N / 94°41'W11.90 Miles50 Yards00250K0Miami
39.51980-05-31239°03'N / 95°34'W2.00 Miles220 Yards00250K0Shawnee
39.91957-05-20538°40'N / 95°04'W38°53'N / 94°36'W29.10 Miles440 Yards4202.5M0Miami
39.91980-05-31238°58'N / 95°06'W38°58'N / 95°02'W3.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Douglas
40.01954-04-26238°04'N / 95°59'W1.00 Mile20 Yards003K0Lyon
40.01964-04-20238°42'N / 94°47'W003K0Miami
40.21969-04-04238°21'N / 94°46'W38°23'N / 94°43'W3.30 Miles200 Yards01250K0Linn
41.21990-06-07238°20'N / 96°16'W38°28'N / 96°11'W10.00 Miles100 Yards01725.0M0Lyon
41.21956-04-02338°23'N / 96°33'W38°50'N / 95°53'W47.50 Miles500 Yards022.5M0Marion
41.21971-07-09238°28'N / 96°16'W38°31'N / 96°12'W4.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Lyon
41.41973-04-13238°11'N / 96°09'W38°19'N / 96°12'W9.60 Miles333 Yards003K0Lyon
42.01980-05-31238°58'N / 95°02'W38°58'N / 94°58'W3.30 Miles33 Yards01250K0Johnson
42.11973-09-24237°57'N / 95°03'W38°02'N / 94°58'W7.20 Miles60 Yards00250K0Bourbon
42.21969-07-09238°58'N / 95°03'W38°59'N / 94°58'W4.30 Miles33 Yards02250K0Johnson
42.21972-04-30238°45'N / 94°46'W00250K0Johnson
42.41970-11-08239°05'N / 95°38'W1.00 Mile300 Yards0025K0Shawnee
42.51988-11-15239°03'N / 95°41'W39°07'N / 95°36'W5.00 Miles70 Yards0222.5M0Shawnee
42.72003-05-08337°48'N / 95°57'W38°00'N / 95°31'W22.00 Miles350 Yards032.5M261KWoodson
 Brief Description: Damage summary: Toronto: Outbuildings destroyed. 1N Toronto: Trees & limbs downed. 1W Batesville: Large trees uprooted and sheared off, sheet metal in trees, old wood shed destroyed. 1N Batesville: Oil tank 12-15 feet high toppled (leaked profusely), power pole blown over. 2NE Batesville: House destroyed, 2 vehicles heavily damaged, pair of 2-3 foot diameter trees stripped 4 feet off ground. 3-4NE Batesville: Cattle barn & garage destroyed, windows blown out of house, large pick-up truck rolled onto side. 1N Yates Center: House & barn destroyed on Highway 75, horse trailer flipped over, large trees uprooted or snapped off at bases, broke or toppled 70 grave markers at the cemetery. 1NW Yates Center: Two-story house and 3 barns destroyed, trees completely shreaded. Yates Center: Five homes destroyed and 30 damaged. Two of the three injuries occurred at one residence with both requiring transport to a hospital. Forty-five miles of fence damaged. Stored hay contaminated by embedding of wiring and nails. Estimated crop losses: Corn: 300 acres. Wheat: 100 acres. Pasture: 1312 acres. Hay: 655 acres. Of the estimated $2.5 million damage, $1.506 million inflicted upon farming facilities. Farming facility damage breakdown: Dwellings and Service Buildings: $900,000; Structures: $6,000; Machinery & equipment: $600,000. USDA Flash Situation Report contributed greatly to this narrative. This tornado would cross just barely into extreme Northwest Allen County.
43.01958-06-12238°11'N / 96°10'W000K0Lyon
43.11968-06-10238°06'N / 96°06'W1.50 Miles50 Yards03250K0Greenwood
43.41982-03-15237°47'N / 95°51'W37°58'N / 95°30'W24.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Woodson
43.71974-03-08238°58'N / 95°57'W39°12'N / 95°30'W29.00 Miles220 Yards00250K0Shawnee
43.71986-04-07237°57'N / 95°56'W37°53'N / 95°44'W14.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Woodson
43.81991-03-26237°49'N / 95°27'W37°53'N / 95°21'W8.00 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Allen
44.11969-04-04238°23'N / 94°43'W38°28'N / 94°36'W8.50 Miles200 Yards00250K0Miami
44.31986-04-07238°03'N / 96°05'W37°57'N / 95°56'W8.60 Miles100 Yards00250K0Greenwood
44.51952-05-22439°02'N / 95°10'W39°02'N / 94°55'W13.30 Miles440 Yards00250K0Leavenworth
45.11954-03-24237°43'N / 95°31'W37°57'N / 95°14'W22.20 Miles880 Yards0025K0Wilson
46.01981-07-19239°08'N / 95°39'W0.30 Mile150 Yards09250K0Shawnee
46.01960-04-15338°35'N / 94°39'W38°38'N / 94°37'W2.30 Miles440 Yards02250K0Miami
46.11973-06-04237°51'N / 95°12'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0025K0Allen
46.21956-04-02437°48'N / 95°57'W38°02'N / 95°54'W16.30 Miles880 Yards000K0Woodson
46.21958-06-12239°02'N / 96°00'W39°02'N / 95°55'W4.30 Miles200 Yards0025K0Wabaunsee
46.31991-04-26238°44'N / 96°15'W39°06'N / 96°00'W28.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Wabaunsee
46.61960-05-19239°07'N / 95°40'W39°09'N / 95°44'W4.10 Miles33 Yards003K0Shawnee
47.11968-05-15338°38'N / 94°39'W38°40'N / 94°36'W2.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Miami
47.12003-05-04239°01'N / 95°04'W39°06'N / 94°56'W6.00 Miles250 Yards024.0M0Leavenworth
 Brief Description: Tornado on the ground 2 miles northwest of Linwood at County Road 25 and Interstate 70. Reported by emergency management and ham radio operator. Video shows the tornado crossed the Kansas Turnpike east of the Eastern Toll Booth, and then proceeded northeast to where it lifted 2 miles south of Basehor. Total track length was 6 miles, with a width approaching 250 yards at times. Maxium intensity rating was F2, with most damage noted to homes near and just northeast of the intersection of 166th and Kansas Road. A dry line moved into eastern Kansas and initiated severe thunderstorm development the afternoon of May 4th. Several of the thunderstorms became tornadic in Miami, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. The strongest tornado reached F4 intensity in Kansas City Kansas before moving into Missouri. This tornado killed an 82 year old man and injured 30 others. Wyandotte county also had $15.5 million dollars in damage, with 69 buildings destroyed, and 390 suffering damage. Leavenworth county had 9 homes destroyed, 8 with major damage and 17 with minor damage. Damage estimates for Leavenworth county are around $4 million dollars. This was the most significant tornado outbreak in the Kansas City Metropolitan areas, since the Pleasant Hill tornado outbreak of 1977. A 46 year old woman died from injuries received with this tornado on October 10th, 2003.
47.41962-08-06239°10'N / 95°33'W000K0Jefferson
47.71991-04-26337°51'N / 95°57'W37°57'N / 95°56'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Woodson
47.71974-03-07238°48'N / 96°26'W38°58'N / 95°57'W28.30 Miles220 Yards00250K0Wabaunsee
47.71964-03-14238°04'N / 94°46'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Linn
48.01968-05-15338°40'N / 94°37'W38°38'N / 94°36'W000K0Cass
48.11984-04-26239°06'N / 95°53'W0.60 Mile100 Yards04250K0Shawnee
48.41956-04-02338°58'N / 95°57'W39°21'N / 95°28'W37.00 Miles790 Yards012.5M0Marion
48.51987-05-18238°27'N / 96°23'W38°29'N / 96°21'W3.00 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Chase
48.71962-08-06239°11'N / 95°34'W000K0Jefferson
49.11977-05-04238°53'N / 94°48'W38°54'N / 94°39'W7.80 Miles70 Yards00250K0Johnson
49.21954-05-31238°53'N / 94°43'W2.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Johnson
49.21953-05-10338°21'N / 96°40'W38°56'N / 96°03'W52.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Chase
50.01960-04-15338°38'N / 94°37'W38°42'N / 94°32'W6.10 Miles500 Yards0025K0Cass


* 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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