Ongoing Exhibitions :: M&T Bank New York State Museum Earthquake Center


Hundreds of earthquakes have occurred in and near New York. This map shows the locations of those that happened between 1990 and 2003. These were mostly small events located within about nine miles of the surface.

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Most people think of California when they hear the word earthquake. However, New York State experiences about four small earthquakes each month and occasionally people do feel the movement of the ground. The New York State Museum’s new earthquake exhibit features real-time display of earthquakes in New York and around the world.

Visitors will be able to learn about seismic hazards in the Empire State and where damaging earthquakes occurred in the past and are likely to occur again. A video screen displays earthquake activity recorded by the Museum’s seismic station as it happens.

Another monitor, continuously updated, shows all of the small and large earthquakes that have occurred in the past week around the entire globe. Records of micro-earthquakes in the New York region are posted within a few hours of the event and updated when the earthquakes occur.
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An earthquake hazard map shows the probability that the ground in New York will move at a certain rate, measured as a percentage of earth’s gravity, during a particular time. Motion of one or two percent of gravity will rattle windows, doors, and dishes. Acceleration of ten to twenty percent of gravity will cause structural damage to buildings.

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