Damaging Earthquakes Felt in New Jersey
Location Year Magnitude1 Intensity2

Max. / in NJ

Comments
New York
City
  1737 VII / VII Chimneys down in New York City. Felt in
Boston, Massachusetts and Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania.
Cape Ann,
Massachusetts .

  1755      6.0 VIII / IV Chimneys and brick buildings down in Boston.
Its tsunami grounded boats in the West Indies
West of  New
York City

  1783 VII / VII Felt from New Hampshire to Pennsylvania.
New Madrid,
Missouri 

1811-1812    8.0-8.8 XII / IV-V Four great earthquakes. Changed course of
Mississippi River. Town of New Madrid
destroyed. Loss of life low due to sparse
settlement. Damage in Chicago.
New York
City

   1884      5.5 VII / VII Toppled chimneys in New York City and New
Jersey. Cracked masonry from Hartford,
Connecticut to West Chester, Pennsylvania. Felt
from Maine to Virginia, and eastern Ohio.
Charleston,
South Carolina

   1886     7.7 X / IV Sixty killed. Over 10,000 chimneys down.
New Jersey
Coast

   1927 VII / VII Several chimneys down from Asbury Park to
Long Branch.

1 Richter Scale
2 Modified Mercalli Scale


Earthquake Frequency Worldwide1
Description Magnitude Average Annually
Great 8 and higher 1 per year
Major 7 - 7.9 18
Strong 6 - 6.9 120
Moderate 5 - 5.9 800
Light 4 - 4.9 6,200 (estimate)
Minor 3 - 3.9 49,000 (estimate)
Very Minor 2 - 2.9 1,000 per day
------ 1 - 1.9 8,000 per day
Microearthquakes less than 1 60,000 per day

1 Based on observations since 1900. Modified from United States Geological Survey, internet
address: wwwneic.cr.usgs.gov/neis/general/handouts/faq.html


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