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An earthquake occurred in New York: residents of many houses felt it

'03.01.2024'

Alina Prikhodko

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On Tuesday, January 2, a small earthquake struck New York City, causing buildings on Roosevelt Island to shake and lost electricity, As reported Fox News.

A magnitude 1,7 earthquake struck Astoria in Queens around 5:45 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Residents of Roosevelt Island heard a loud explosion, according to local reports. Calls about the explosion came from both the island and the Upper East Side and Astoria. An explosion was not confirmed, and the US Geological Survey said no one was injured in the earthquake.

“At about 5:45 or so I suddenly felt my bed moving, the building moving and a very loud sound,” said resident Georgette Sinclair. “I woke up and thought there was an earthquake.”

There were no reports of damage or casualties, according to the city's official emergency notification system. The mayor's office said the earthquake did not affect the stability of the structures. Two buildings south of the Roosevelt Island Bridge and Tram experienced power outages, including elevators not working.

While earthquakes on the West Coast attract attention for their severity and destruction, they also pose a threat to the East Coast, said Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist. “The fact that earthquakes cannot be predicted is part of what makes them so frightening. We're much more afraid of something when we don't know when it's going to happen,” she said.

According to the US Geological Survey, the frequency of earthquakes in the northeastern United States is approximately 50 to 200 times lower than in California.

In addition, there are older rocks in eastern North America, some of which formed hundreds of millions of years before the western ones. These old rocks were subjected to extreme pressures and temperatures, causing them to become harder and often denser than those found in the West.

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