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Why Worry? An Earthquake Will Wipe Us Out Anyway



    Why Worry? An Earthquake Will Wipe Us Out Anyway

    Amidst today's doom and gloom about the death of the real estate boom, it's always good to toss in a little Wrath of God perspective. The new Gotham Gazette provides some big chuckles in this respect with a report about how we're all royally screwed anyway because an earthquake will eventually reduce part of NYC to rubble and really mess with real estate values. A report from Columbia University seismologists concludes that a quake is "likely" to hit us. For those into playing the numbers, the city can expect a magnitude 5 quake, which can cause some damage, once every 100 years. The scientists also say that a magnitude 6, which is 10 times larger, "has a 7 percent chance of happening once every 50 years and a magnitude 7 quake, 100 times larger, a 1.5 percent chance." Nobody's sure when a 6 or 7 last happened, but it was probably before 1677. As for a magnitude 5, the last one was in 1884. There were also ones in 1737 and 1783. In other words, we've been overdue for a magnitude 5, which could cause significant damage here for reasons that are too complicated to explain, since 1994. Just in case there isn't enough depressing news today.
    · Preparing for the Great New York Earthquake [Gotham Gazette]
    · Earthquakes May Endanger New York More Than Thought, Says Study [Earth Institute]
    · Day of the Dead Coverage [Curbed]

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