Steve Orr | @SOrr1Updated 1:52 p.m. MDT May 4, 2018
If a 5.0 Earthquake were to hit New York City, there could be $39 billion dollars worth of damage and 30 million tons of rubble… and experts say the city is overdue, according to the Daily Mail. Veuer’s Sam Berman has the full story.
A minor earthquake under Lake Ontario early Friday morning was small enough that it should have been barely noticeable by anyone on shore.
The quake was detected shortly before 4 a.m. It occurred about 3¼ miles below the surface.
A quake of that magnitude would do no damage, raise zero risk of a tsunami on the lake and likely would have been felt by few people, if any, according to numerous online seismology guides.
A webpage maintained by the Geological Survey that asks for reports from people who felt the quake had no such reports as of mid-afternoon Friday.
No harm was done at the three Exelon Corp. nuclear power plants on the south shore of Lake Ontario. Two are in Oswego County and the third, the Ginna generating station, is in Ontario, Wayne County, almost due south of the epicenter.
“Today’s seismic activity had no impact on any of Exelon Generation’s three well-fortified nuclear facilities in upstate New York,” company spokeswoman Maria Hudson said in response to a query from the Democrat and Chronicle.
This is the ninth recorded this year, according to a list maintained by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The others were in the North Country or the Hudson Valley.
Originally Published 7:50 a.m. MDT May 4, 2018