1892 Southern Minnesota tornado

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1892 Southern Minnesota tornado
F5 tornado
Formed June 15, 1892 3:00 pm
Max rating1 F5 tornado
Damage unknown
Total fatalities 12 fatalities
Areas affected Southern Minnesota
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

The 1892 Southern Minnesota tornado was a large and deadly tornado that struck several communities across southern Minnesota on June 15, 1892.[1] It had a width of 500 yards (457 m) wide and was on the ground for 40 miles (64 km). The twister was estimated to have been an F5 on the Fujita scale.[2] It killed 12 people in and injured 76 others.[1]

Tornado path[edit]

The twister touched down after 3:00 pm in Jackson County in southwestern Minnesota, and after moving east destroyed a schoolhouse near Sherburn in Martin County. The teacher and 16 students were injured, but nobody was killed.[1] As the tornado moved into Faribault County, it swept away several farmsteads near Easton, throwing timbers from homes up to 3 miles (5 km) away and spearing them into the ground.[1] The tornado then crossed Freeborn County before finally lifting back into the clouds in Steele County.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Seeley, Mark W. (2006). Minnesota Weather Almanac. Minnesota Historical Society press. p. 186. ISBN 0-87351-554-4.
  2. ^ Grazulis, Thomas P. (July 1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991. A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. ISBN 1-879362-03-1.

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