Adirondack Mountains and earthquakes

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A small earthquake was reported in the Adirondack mountains in northern part of NY State, US.

M 2.1 - 11 km WNW of Elizabethtown, New York​

  • 2024-05-21 15:23:24 (UTC)
  • 44.274°N 73.716°W
  • 7.6 km depth
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us6000n01p/executive

NEW YORK (PIX11) – A 2.1-magnitude earthquake shook upstate New York on Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The earthquake hit roughly 269 miles north of New York City, in the Adirondack Mountains, around 10:23 a.m. The epicenter of the earthquake was located around 7 miles from Elizabethtown, according to the USGS.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/earthquake-rattles-upstate-york-usgs-160934419.html
The Adirondacks are one of the most seismically active parts of the northeastern U.S., according to the USGS. Earthquakes of up to 5.8 magnitude have hit the area since 1944.

The Adirondacks – the product of this lengthy process – are a unique mountain range. They are not part of the Catskills or Appalachian Mountains. They are new mountains, although made of old rocks, and are still growing, faster than erosion is wearing the surface away.
https://wildadirondacks.org/adirondack-geology.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adirondack_Mountains
 
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A 2.1 magnitude earthquake?! C'mon, Astro, hit us with the real stuff!
 
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Now, now; if an area isn't set up architecturally to be able to handle any kind of ground tremor or earthquake, no matter how small it may be, that could still have a deleterious effect on structures, such as unsupported masonry (brick buildings, anyone?).

[Mentor Note: post edited to remove an assertion made without a corresponding link]
 
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