Atlanta Weather | East Coast Earthquakes | News
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck near Whitesburg, Kentucky Saturday afternoon. Tremors were felt as far north as Columbus Ohio, and as far south as Atlanta. There was only minor damage reported. Most think of earthquakes happening on the west coast, but there have been strong earthquakes here in the east.
Like last year’s 5.8 magnitude quake that hit Virginia with tremors felt in Toronto. Some have even hit New York City. The biggest in 1884 in the New York harbor off of Brooklyn. But the strongest earthquake on the east coast was a 7.3 magnitude that struck Charleston, S.C. in 1886.
Anything below 6 might be shrugged off in California, but because building codes on the East Coast don’t take earthquake risks into account, a quake of that magnitude today in NYC could cause significant damage, toppling brick buildings.
Although earthquakes are less frequent in the central and eastern U.S. than in the west – the East Coast is about 100 times less seismically active than California — they’re typically felt over a broader area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.