Earthquakes, Faults, and Nuclear Power Plants in Southern New York and Northern New Jersey

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Science  28 Apr 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4340, pp. 425-429
DOI: 10.1126/science.200.4340.425


Seismic activity in the greater New York City area is concentrated along several northeast-trending faults of which the Ramapo fault appears to be the most active. Three nuclear power plants at Indian Point, New York, are situated close to the Ramapo fault. For a reactor site in use for 40 years, the probability that the site will experience an intensity equal to or in excess of the design (safe shutdown) earthquake is estimated to be about 5 to 11 percent.