Experts warn NYC could come down like a house of cards if a 5.0 earthquake struck along the 125th Street fault line – and the Big Apple is OVERDUE one

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

New York City at risk of a big earthquake that could level thousands of buildings
A 5.0 quake would cause $39 billion damage and 30 million tons of rubble
City is riddled with fault lines that could cause a significant earthquake
The last 5.0 quake was in 1884 and they usually occur every 100 years
More than 6,000 older buildings would collapse in a bigger 7.0 quake

4 April 2018

New York City could be hit with a $39 billion in damage with 30 million tons of debris clogging the streets if a long-overdue earthquake hit.

The city of 8.5 million people is not thought of as a tremor hot spot, but the five boroughs are riddled with fault lines that could bring dozens of buildings down.

Because the city is so dense and littered with thousands of tall buildings, even a 5.0 magnitude earthquake nearby would cause such damage, experts fear.

New York statistically gets a quake like that every 100 years and the last one was in 1884 – making it well overdue for another.

The city also statistically gets a 6.0 about every 670 years, and a 7.0 about every 3,400 years, both of which would do massive damage.

If a 7.0 magnitude quake hit, more than 6,000 older unreinforced masonry buildings would almost certainly crumble in a huge disaster.

The biggest fault line runs down 125th Street all the way from New Jersey to the East River running past Central Park and into Roosevelt Island.

The Dyckman Street Fault runs from Inwood over to Morris Heights in the Bronx with the Mosholu Parkway Fault farther north.

The long East River Fault runs down the western side of Central Park before turning at 32nd Street and heading to the East River.

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