Just because it has not happened since 1884 does not mean that it won’t happen soon — possibly very soon — warns an earthquake expert in assessing New York City’s risk of being struck by a devastating earthquake.
“We tend to think of seismic activity as a West Coast problem,” Kathryn Miles wrote in the New York Post. “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.”
Geologist Charles Merguerian said a fault passes through 125th Street in NYC, otherwise known as the Manhattanville Fault.