Saturday, June 15, 2024

After Taiwan, New York Shakes With Earthquake Tremors

Earthquake of magnitude 4.8 felt in New York and New Jersey. Why earthquakes are a rare thing in this region:


On Friday, New York felt tremors of a mild earthquake with magnitude 4.8, with an epicenter in the New Jersey. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported the news on X for public information. However, there is no news about any damage or injury as of now. 

UN Security Council Meeting Interrupted

During that hour when the earthquake was felt, the UN Security Council meeting was undergoing in New York regarding Gaza. The tremors briefly paused the meeting and had everyone’s attention.

Janti Soeripto, President and Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) of  ‘Save the Children’ was addressing the gathering at the moment. The tremors made her pause and enquired whether it was an earthquake. 

The UN has posted a video, capturing Janti Soeripto pausing in between the meeting. There was humor in the air Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian UN envoy, remarked humorously, “You’re making the ground shake!”

Kathy Hochul, the Governor of New York, confirmed that there was an earthquake in the state of New York. However, she asserted that the team was en route to the affected sights and they would keep updating the public about the recent developments.

Earthquake in New York: A Rare Occurrence 

New York is far away from the tectonic plates’ edges, unlike the California and the East Coast which are the West Coast areas. 

According to the New York Times, New York is built on the land where millions of years ago, several continents crashed and there were large earthquakes. The fault lines of the New York area have become inactive over time, however, they occasionally stress out due to which small earthquakes like these occur. 

As per John Mutter, Professor of Earth and EVS Studies at Columbia University, small earthquakes like these occur when stresses of those old times try to settle down. 

Jyoti Sehrawat
Jyoti Sehrawat
Jyoti Sehrawat is a passionate writer and an English language educator who has been writing professionally for over 14 years. Her journey as a writer began as a personal endeavor, a way to express her thoughts, feelings, and imagination. Over the years, it evolved into a lifelong pursuit, a calling that she’s truly passionate about. When she’s not writing, she loves to paint, explore new DIYs and bake French-vanilla muffins!

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