Geologists: NYC Is Sinking Under The Weight Of Its Buildings

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United States Geological Survey

The city that never sinks?

New geological research warns that the weight of New York City’s skyscrapers are actually causing the Big Apple — whose more than 1 million buildings weigh nearly 1.7 trillion pounds — to sink lower into its surrounding bodies of water, the NY Post reports. The city is plopping closer to the water at a rate of 1 to 2 millimeters a year “with some areas subsiding much faster.”

While that may not seem significant to untrained eyes, the gradual descension makes NYC extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, according to lead researcher and geologist Tom Parsons of the United States Geological Survey. Lower Manhattan is particularly at risk, and there is concern for both Brooklyn and Queens as well, according to the study.

“New York faces significant challenges from flood hazard; the threat of sea level rise is 3 to 4 times higher than the global average along the Atlantic coast of North America…A deeply concentrated population of 8.4 million people faces varying degrees of hazard from inundation in New York City,” he and his team wrote in the new report.

Source: Matzav

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