Earthquake for Teachers College?

| March 10, 2014

A coworker recently informed me of a fairly-inactive fault line within walking distance of Teachers College. Coined “the 125th Street fault” — the reason the 1 train stop is elevated — the line runs from New Jersey through to the east side of Manhattan (the East River). Though earthquake activity in and around New York City has been fairly seismically-insignificant, the potential for a minor quake is looming. And because of the density of Manhattan, the potential for destruction and injury is magnified. There are several other fault lines in and around NYC. Luckily, there hasn’t been a significant earthquake since 1884; however, according to some studies, this may mean NYC is “due” for one soon (citing the 100 year mark as significant). Studies suggest planning ahead (disaster supply kits, anyone?), building structures that move with the shifting earth, and simply being disaster aware (adequate plans, hospitals, evacuation areas, etc.).

NYC Fault Lines (picture courtesy NY Mag at http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/47052/)

NYC Fault Lines (picture courtesy NY Mag at http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/47052/)

To learn more about fault lines, earthquakes and other natural disasters in NYC, check out the following:

TC EDUCAT Catalog Books

Earthquakes: risk, monitoring and research (2009) — Instant-access Ebook linked here

Natural disasters in a global environment (2013) — Another Ebook linked here

CU CLIO Catalog Books

Earthquake (2012) — One copy is available in the Butler Library Stacks (call number QE534.3 .R63 2012)

Natural disasters (2014) — Two copies of this new edition are available in the Reserves at the Geology Library in 601 Schermerhorn (call number GB5014 .A24 2014)

Articles

“Shake test gauges seismic vulnerability of NYC’s row houses” (Civil Engineering Journal, 4/2013)

“Earthquakes May Endanger New York More Than Thought, Says Study” (The Earth Institute at CU, 8/2008)

“Preparing for the Day the Earth Moves” (The New York Times, 3/11)

“The confounding economics of natural disaster shocks” (Columbia Academic Commons, 2011)