New York City is the most populated and most densely populated city in the United States. It’s 8.5 million residents occupy 302.6 square miles. That means that there about 26,512 people per square mile, but when you figure that a lot of the city is occupied by businesses, the chances are that there are well over 30,000 people per square mile of living space in The Big Apple.
Even though New York City dates back to 1624, the current city as we know it didn’t exist until 1898 when the five boroughs – Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens – were consolidated into a single city.
As we learned in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, New York City is not only the most populated city in the nation, but the central financial hub of the state, the nation and much of the World. The destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers had a drastic impact on America and the world.
So, imagine what would happen if much of New York City was to physically collapse into rubble and ruin.
According to a recent report, that could very well happy any day now or weeks, months and even years from now.
What if you were told that New York City is sitting atop a seismic time bomb that could blow at any time? By seismic time bomb, I’m referring to a massive earthquake.
Yeah, I know, we generally think about places like California and Alaska as being earthquake zones. Many other locations in the west are also considered to be in earthquake country, but New York?
I currently live in northern Kentucky and most of the people here don’t think about Kentucky as earthquake country, but they don’t know their state history. In 1811, Kentucky was rocked by the massive New Madrid earthquake. In 2008, an earthquake centered in Illinois was felt in many parts of Kentucky and in 2012, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake was centered in Kentucky.
New York also has a history of earthquakes that few people seem to be aware of. The last major earthquake to rock New York City happened in 1884 and some seismic experts are saying that the city areas are warning that another one could happen very soon.
Kathryn Miles posted:
“We tend to think of seismic activity as a West Coast problem, but New York, which is actually riddled with faults, has a long history of earthquakes: On average, the region has witnessed a moderate quake (about a 5.0 on the Richter scale) every hundred years. The last one was in 1884. Seismologists say we can expect the next one any day now.”
Referring to the Manhattanville Fault that runs through 125th Street in New York City, geologist Charles Merguerian stated:
“All we can do is look at the record, and the record is that there was a relatively large earthquake here in the city in 1737, and in 1884, and that periodicity is about 150-year heat cycle. So, you have 1737, 1884, 20– and, we’re getting there. But statistics can lie.”
“An earthquake could happen any day, or it couldn’t happen for 100 years, and you just don’t know, there’s no way to predict.”
Miles also pointed out that the Ramapo Fault running through New Jersey and Pennsylvania could produce an earthquake up to a magnitude 7.0, which could also have a devastating effect on New York City.
One of the problems with New York City is that at least 6,000 buildings do not have proper reinforcement built into the foundations to withstand any sizeable earthquake. This means that if either the Ramapo or Manhattanville Faults slip, it most likely will cause severe building damage and loss of life in New York City and surrounding locations for miles around.
It could be later today, tomorrow, next week, next year or years down the road. No one really knows, but chances are, it will happen someday as both faults are overdue for slippage.