Relax, the Next Big New York City Earthquake Could Happen 'Any Minute'
Typically impatient New Yorkers are freaking out because we haven't gotten our earthquake yet. And we're due for an earthquake! Where's our earthquake? No, we are not going to wait in line for our earthquake! Nature, do you know who the fuck we are? Fortunately, seismologist Won-Young Kim from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has assured us that we'll get it soon. So, be patient. Good things come to those who wait.
"It can happen anytime soon," said Kim. If it happened tomorrow, he added, "I would not be surprised. We can expect it any minute, we just don't know when and where."
Yay for surprises!
We get a big one every 100 years or so, with our last in 1884. That one happened in the ocean between Brooklyn and Sandy Hook, and caused no fatalities, though buildings were damaged.
As we await our city's next earth-moving experience, rest assured that it won't be any dull kiddie ride -- no, you'll get your money's worth:
"Today, with so many more buildings and people ... we'd see billions in damage," said John Armbruster, a seismologist who worked alongside Kim at the Earth Observatory. "People would probably be killed."
In other news, it's gorgeous out. Seriously, highly recommended. Stop worrying about earthquakes and enjoy it!
NYC past due for a big quake [Metro]
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