Earthquakes That Hit New York City Region Over the Years

Apr 8, 2024, 01:52 AM IST

Earthquakes That Hit New York City Region Over the Years

Nishtha Badgamia

New York City and the surrounding region on the east coast of the United States was recently hit by a rare earthquake of 4.8 magnitude, marking one of the strongest quakes it has witnessed in the last century.

5.2 magnitude (1884)

On August 10, 1884, a 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck NYC, and the impact was felt from Virginia to Maine. According to the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, it toppled chimneys in NYC and New Jersey. The epicentre of the quake was determined to be in Brooklyn.

4.1 magnitude (1895)

On September 1, 1895, a 4.1-magnitude earthquake hit New Jersey and was felt to a “considerable distance” to the northeast and the southwest, according to the NJ Office of Emergency Management.

4.0 magnitude (1985)

On October 19, 1985, a village in New York, Ardsley, was hit by a 4.0-magnitude earthquake, which was reportedly felt by many in the NYC area. 

5.8 magnitude (2011)

On August 23, 2011, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled tens of millions of people on the east coast which occurred near Mineral, Virginia, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It was one of the strongest earthquakes that the US east coast had ever witnessed.

4.8 magnitude (2024)

On April 5, 2024, a 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, the impact of which was felt from Maine to Washington DC, according to the USGS.

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