Gallery: East Coast Earthquake Sheds Light on New York City’s Seismic S...

The Eastern United States, let alone New York City, may not be prone to earthquakes, but that doesn’t mean we completely forgo seismology on the East Coast. Two of New York’s best universities — Fordham and Columbia — have been abuzz with activity as seismologists labor to chart the data and study the effects of Tuesday’s 5.8 earthquake that shook the city. Fordham actually houses New York State’s oldest seismic station, with instruments dating back to the early 1900s. Housed in an underground structure made from Gothic stone, the station, shown above, is a bit of a relic in itself.

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