12 April


US Weather events

US Weather events

1927 97 yrs ago
A tornado wiped out the town of Rock Springs, TX, killing 72 persons and causing 1.2 million dollars damage. The tornado, more than one mile in width, destroyed 235 of 247 buildings, leaving no trace of lumber or contents in many cases. Many survivors were bruised by large hail which fell after the passage of the tornado. (David Ludlum)
1934 90 yrs ago
Winds atop Mount Washington, NH, averaged 186 mph for five minutes, with a peak gust of 231 mph, the highest wind speed ever clocked in the world. (David Ludlum)
1987 37 yrs ago
A cold front crossing the central U.S. produced heavy snow in the Central Rockies, and severe thunderstorms over Kansas and Oklahoma. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16 inches at Red Mountain Pass CO. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 87 mph at Ponca City OK. Winds associated with the cold front itself gusted to 69 mph at Tucumcari NM. (The National Weather Summary)
1988 36 yrs ago
Snow blanketed the Southern Appalachians. Totals in North Carolina ranged up to 17 inches at Mitchell. Winds at Flat Top Mountain gusted to 80 mph. (The National Weather Summary)
1989 35 yrs ago
Twenty-two cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Elkins WV with a low of 15 degrees, and Baton Rouge LA with a reading of 37 degrees. (The National Weather Summary)
1990 34 yrs ago
Arctic air invaded the central U.S. Lincoln, NE, reported a record low of 17 degrees. Thunderstorms developing along the arctic cold front produced heavy snow in north central Kansas, wind gusts to 61 mph at Midland TX, and wind gusts to 69 mph at Rawlins WY. Warm weather prevailed in the southwestern U.S. Las Vegas NV reported a record high of 91 degrees, and on the 13th, Sacramento CA reported a record high of 95 degrees. (Storm Data)
2010 14 yrs ago
One-inch diamemter hail falls in Fresno, CA. Two condominiums are destroyed by thunderstorms in California's San Joaquin Valley. Up to three funnel clouds were also seen in the region.
Data source: http://www.weatherforyou.com/


World records

World records

1934 90 yrs ago
Fastest ever recorded wind speed with an anemometer outside a tropical cyclone - 372 km/h (231 mph) sustained 1-minute average, Mount Washington, New Hampshire, U.S.


F5 tornadoes

F5 tornadoes

1927 97 yrs ago
Rocksprings, Texas 1950 fatalities
This massive tornado swept away or leveled 235 out of 247 structures, more than 90% of the town, killing or injuring a third of the population. Many of the structures were reduced to bare foundations, leaving "no trace of lumber or contents." Acres of ground were "swept bare" in some parts of town.
Rated F5/EF5, or mentioned as a possible F5/EF5 by tornado expert Thomas P. Grazulis
1945 79 yrs ago
Antlers, Oklahoma 1955 fatalities
600 buildings were destroyed, and some areas were swept clean of all debris. The F5 rating is widely accepted.
Rated F5/EF5, or mentioned as a possible F5/EF5 by tornado expert Thomas P. Grazulis
1964 60 yrs ago
Near Lawrence, Kansas 2024 fatalities
Produced possible F5 damage according to Grazulis. Farms were leveled and a truck was thrown 300 yd (274 m).
Rated F5/EF5, or mentioned as a possible F5/EF5 by tornado expert Thomas P. Grazulis


Deadly earthquakes

Deadly earthquakes

Apr 12, 1910 12:22 AM UTC 114 yrs ago
Japan (map) , 200 km deep Magnitude: 7.6
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)20

Apr 12, 1967 04:51 AM UTC 57 yrs ago
Indonesia (map) , 18.6 km deep Magnitude: 6.1
Secondary effectstsunami
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)14

Apr 12, 1971 07:03 PM UTC 53 yrs ago
Iran (map) , 5.6 km deep Magnitude: 5.9
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)1

Apr 12, 1983 12:07 PM UTC 41 yrs ago
Peru (map) , 125.9 km deep Magnitude: 7.0
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)10

Apr 12, 1998 10:55 AM UTC 26 yrs ago
Slovenia (map) , 7.5 km deep Magnitude: 5.6
Secondary effectslandslide
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking0
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects1
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)0

Apr 12, 2001 10:47 AM UTC 23 yrs ago
China (map) , 10.1 km deep Magnitude: 5.6
Secondary effectslandslide
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking2
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects2
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)2
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)2

Apr 12, 2002 04:00 AM UTC 22 yrs ago
Afghanistan (map) , 7.8 km deep Magnitude: 5.8
Secondary effectslandslide
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking50
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects50
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)50
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)50





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