20 years ago on January 17th, 2001
A 2.4 magnitude earthquake strikes the Upper East Side of Manhattan
The quake measures as "light impact" on the Modified Mercalli intensity scale.
Data from the Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory from Columbia University describe the earthquake as being felt in Upper Manhattan and across the river in Long Island City. Notably, the earthquake struck 7 years to the day after the massively-destructive 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake in California that damaged 40,000 buildings in Los Angeles. A similar earthquake would hit the Upper West Side in October 2001.