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Experts: NYC ‘Overdue’ for Devastating Earthquake
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:14:18 pm »

A moderate 5.0-magnitude quake would cause billions of dollars in destruction; the city is more than 30 years overdue for one.

While New York City is rarely thought of as a hotspot for seismic activity, scientists have determined the Big Apple is overdue for a devastating earthquake that could effectively level the heart of the city.

The U.S. Geological Survey notes there are nine fault lines running through parts of the city, the largest of which begins in New Jersey and passes Central Park on its way to Roosevelt Island. Others run immediately adjacent to the Empire State Building, Wall Street, and the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and NHL’s New York Islanders.

According to a new report released by the New York City Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation, even a 5.0-magnitude earthquake—strong, but not considered “major” on the Richter scale—could cause $39 billion in damage and create more than 30 million tons of rubble. A quake of that magnitude, based on the geological record, occurs every 100 years, but the last was in 1884.

A stronger, 7.0-magnitude quake, which occurs far less frequently, would cause more than 6,000 older buildings, most of which do not have reinforced masonry to topple. That is also due to the density of tall buildings in the city that aren’t built to withstand seismic stresses.

According to the report, the hardest hit areas would be downtown Manhattan, and parts of midtown, where most buildings were constructed over loose sediment rather than bedrock.

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