The Regina Cyclone

07 Mar

The “Regina Cyclone” hit the town of Regina, Canada, on June the 30th of 1912 and has since been seen as one of the most destructive tornadoes ever to hit Canada. Hitting an estimated wind speed of 800 kilometres an hour the tornado had quite an impact on people’s lives.

Here are some statistics on the impact caused by the tornado:

  • Wind speed of 800 km/h
  • Caused $1,200,000 in damage costs (today that would be around $485 million dollars)
  • More than 2,500 people’s homes were destroyed and were homeless afterwards
  • 28 people died due to the tornado
  • The tornado traveled over 12 kilometres before dissipating
  • It took nearly 40 years to repay all the debt that had built up from rebuilding costs

All of these show just the devastating impact that the tornado had on not only the people, but the financial status of the country!

Pictures taken after the cyclone had dissipated show that the downtown area of Regina had the worst damage compared to the rest of the city.


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10 responses to “The Regina Cyclone

  1. Yvonne

    March 8, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Hmm, another source says it was 1944, not 1946.

    “Saskatchewan’s most damaging tornado, rated F4, hit Regina on the afternoon of June 30, 1912, causing twenty-eight deaths in the city, hundreds of injuries, and huge property losses (see Regina Cyclone). The only other F4-rated case was at Kamsack on August 9, 1944; it resulted in three dead, forty-four injured, and many buildings in the town destroyed.”

    • tkmorin

      March 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Good examples, thanks! The Fujita scale has changed so I find it a little bit difficult to use. Thank you for the correction 🙂

  2. Yvonne

    March 8, 2016 at 1:39 am

    800 km/h, that’s incredible! I remember the tornado that went through Kamsack, Saskatchewan in 1946. That was scary enough, but not quite as bad as what Regina experienced.

    • tkmorin

      March 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      I am so glad I have never experienced anything close to this! I can’t imagine the sheer terror of it!

  3. Gypsy Bev

    March 8, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Sometimes we have to mix the disasters with the good times.

  4. andy1076

    March 7, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Very scary what nature does even here are in Canada :O

    • tkmorin

      March 7, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Even in today’s instant global news, we still don’t get the Canadian news as much. Of course, my go-to channel is CNN.

      • andy1076

        March 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

        It’s straight forward and to the point, plus doesn’t repeat the same things as often as ctv or global which I appreciate 🙂

  5. launchings5

    March 7, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for this post …. something I had never heard of but which certainly marked the lives of many Canadians for years.

    • tkmorin

      March 7, 2016 at 11:16 am

      You’re welcome. I usually try to write about people and good things for the most part. But I thought these events are part of the cities’s history. I’m glad you liked the post. 🙂


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