New York City/North East Coast Large-Earthquake Risk is Higher than Expected - Are You Prepared?

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    Aug 23, 2008 4:52 PM GMT
    The possibility of a Large Earthquake hitting New York City and affecting the North East coast is a bit alarming. The dangers are so visible when you visit places like Times Square and midtown where glass and skyscrapers reign, or consider the subway infrastructure (that was flooded last year when the rain was too much for the system that trains had to be halted).

    How prepared do you think NYC and the surrounding area is for a possible earthquake?

    Are you prepared for a possible earthquake?


    Full Article: http://www.livescience.com/environment/080821-new-york-earthquakes.html

    Interesting Quotes Include:

    - "'...a magnitude 5 centered below [New York City] would be extremely attention-getting,' said John Armbruster, also from the observatory. 'We'd see billions in damage, with some brick buildings falling. People would probably be killed.'"

    - "...the cost of theoretically possible large earthquakes in the metro New York area at $39 billion to $197 billion."

    - "... a significant previously unknown active seismic zone running at least 25 miles from Stamford, Conn., to the Hudson Valley town of Peekskill, N.Y., where it passes less than a mile north of the Indian Point nuclear power plant."

    - "Many eastern quakes are not visible at the surface, so a large quake could hit from a fault no one even knows about. 'The probability is not zero, and the damage could be great,' said study co-author Leonardo Seeber. "

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    Aug 24, 2008 12:31 AM GMT
    OMG CAN YOU IMAGINE!?!?!?! Even WORSE! Imagine an out of control outbreak of COOTIES! RUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!
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    Aug 24, 2008 3:53 AM GMT
    EVERYBODY PANIC!
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    Aug 24, 2008 6:01 AM GMT
    ........ just the response I expected.

    Nothing constructive (i.e. "I still don't think there's much reason to worry" or "We need to take more precautions everywhere, not just NYC"). Being constructive is a bit too difficult. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 24, 2008 6:14 AM GMT
    "...Human sacrifice. Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!"

    --Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w91-GMc3j7I
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    Aug 24, 2008 6:25 AM GMT
    Did you want a constructive response? The article was entirely hypotheticals and not very frightening ones at that.
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    Aug 24, 2008 11:27 AM GMT
    Thank god I've had my cootie shots. Can you imagine!?!?!?
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    Aug 24, 2008 1:37 PM GMT
    Blind2Limits said........ just the response I expected.

    Nothing constructive (i.e. "I still don't think there's much reason to worry" or "We need to take more precautions everywhere, not just NYC"). Being constructive is a bit too difficult. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Well, this article doesn't seem to do anything. All it does is drum up fear... thus my response. It was interesting, yes, but the only purpose it served was to scare people.
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    Aug 24, 2008 1:38 PM GMT
    That's why we need to elect John McCain. He will keep us safe from earthquakes! We need to elect a proven leader with a track record of keeping us safe from earthquakes. icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 24, 2008 2:45 PM GMT
    lissenup saidThat's why we need to elect John McCain. He will keep us safe from earthquakes! We need to elect a proven leader with a track record of keeping us safe from earthquakes. icon_twisted.gif


    Through the miracle of modern surgery, Cindi McCain's face hasn't slid off. John McCain will do the same for the Palisades.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 24, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    But who will save us from cooties?!?!?!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 24, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    Somehow I have a feeling that a massive earthquake swallowing up Manhattan is about as likely as a Tsunami hitting Phoenix
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    Aug 24, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    McGay saidBut who will save us from cooties?!?!?!


    You will, McGay. Help us, you're our only hope!
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    Aug 24, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    DCEric said
    Blind2Limits said........ just the response I expected.

    Nothing constructive (i.e. "I still don't think there's much reason to worry" or "We need to take more precautions everywhere, not just NYC"). Being constructive is a bit too difficult. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Well, this article doesn't seem to do anything. All it does is drum up fear... thus my response. It was interesting, yes, but the only purpose it served was to scare people.
    Is it scary? - Yes.

    Is that it's ONLY purpose? - No. It's purpose is to make people aware. California is very well aware of how detrimental earthquakes are. On the other coast, NYC acts like it can never happen or that it wont happen due to lack of significant earthquake damage. All it takes is one "improbable" situation - like a hurricane or an earthquake, to wake people up to the reality that NYC isn't immune to deadly weather. It's sad that civilians have to hit a wall before they can see it.

    Like now, if I say something about our city and individual lack of preparedness, people will respond with "stop being such a doomsayer", "you're getting all worried up for nothing", "there's no real urgent concern", and so on. But it's not even about worrying about such situations. It's more important to know how to handle situations should they arise.
  • DCEric

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    Aug 24, 2008 5:13 PM GMT
    ... ok now we are panicked... now what?

    I can't speak for NYC or NYS, but Maryland (my state) has MEMA, which covers these kinds of things. I highly doubt NY is missing such an agency.
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    Aug 24, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidSomehow I have a feeling that a massive earthquake swallowing up Manhattan is about as likely as a Tsunami hitting Phoenix


    No... but you would probably give the same odds for a Tropical Storm hitting Phoenix... and you would be wrong.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 25, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    Unfortunately, there are fault lines all over the place. Many are still unknown due to the complete lack of significant seismic activity along them. This does not mean that a strong earthquake cannot rattle an area, earthquakes can occur anywhere on this planet not just in earthquake prone regions like Alaska, California, Chile, Japan, Taiwan, the Middle East and the Mid Atlantic Ridge. I say yes it is very important to be prepared just in case a major disaster like an earthquake should strike a major metro region like Boston, New York City, or Philadelphia. It has been known for quite some time that there are a series of small fault lines near these three major northeastern metropolitan regions. So preparing for a disaster just in case it should happen could help save countless lives and reduce serious damage to property and infrastructure alike.
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    Aug 25, 2008 11:24 PM GMT
    A MidWestern earthquake is number 5 on this disaster list.

    http://www.livescience.com/environment/top10_naturaldisasterthreats_us.html


    The article says that the strongest earthquakes to hit The Lower 48 states occurred in New Madrid, MO in the 1800's.