Everything you want to know about earthquakes with Columbia Professor John Mutter

The professor said he was on the university's main campus when the earthquake happened and said the movement was "notable" and "very well felt."

Jade Nash

Apr 6, 2024, 8:49 PM

Updated 51 days ago

Share:

First an earthquake. Next is Monday’s eclipse. But have no fear, John Mutter – professor of Earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University – says it’s not a “premonition of bad things to come."
He said Friday's 4.8 magnitude earthquake shook up quite the reaction in him.
"I was... as baffled as everybody else, for a little while, even though seismology's my business," Mutter laughed.
The professor said he was on the university's main campus when the earthquake happened and said the movement was "notable" and "very well felt."
"If you're in a high building, you're likely to feel it more," Mutter said. "Earthquakes of that sort of magnitude are quite rare."
Mutter said much smaller earthquakes happen often. However, he said they're so small and so deep that we may not feel them.
But is there a way to predict them?
"You don't... I mean just think of it, has any earthquake ever been predicted? The answer is no," Mutter said.
According to Mutter, many more aftershocks are taking place than we may even realize or feel – but they are only 1 or 2 magnitude events.


More from News 12
1:27
Driver airlifted to hospital after crash on Palisades Parkway ramp in Bardonia

Driver airlifted to hospital after crash on Palisades Parkway ramp in Bardonia

2:10
Sunny skies and warm temps for Tuesday in the Hudson Valley

Sunny skies and warm temps for Tuesday in the Hudson Valley

0:24
Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain State Park reopens after yearlong closure

Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain State Park reopens after yearlong closure

2:17
Made in the Hudson Valley: Tarrytown's Main Street Sweets celebrates 25 years of homemade ice cream

Made in the Hudson Valley: Tarrytown's Main Street Sweets celebrates 25 years of homemade ice cream

1:01
Headlines: Woodbourne double stabbing, Rye crash, attempted arson in Poughkeepsie

Headlines: Woodbourne double stabbing, Rye crash, attempted arson in Poughkeepsie

0:22
Traffic Alert: Kingston water department working to locate system leak

Traffic Alert: Kingston water department working to locate system leak

1:59
Stormy weather doesn't deter holiday travelers

Stormy weather doesn't deter holiday travelers

0:33
Speeding tickets, DUIs, and accidents keep state police busy on Memorial Day weekend

Speeding tickets, DUIs, and accidents keep state police busy on Memorial Day weekend

Is your dad awesome? Hudson Valley tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Hudson Valley tell us why your dad rocks!

0:22
All lanes reopen on Mario Cuomo Bridge following vehicle rollover accident

All lanes reopen on Mario Cuomo Bridge following vehicle rollover accident

1:04
Mount Vernon offers Civil War songs presentation to commemorate Memorial Day

Mount Vernon offers Civil War songs presentation to commemorate Memorial Day

1:58
White Plains celebrates Memorial Day with parade, ceremony to honor those who have served in U.S. military

White Plains celebrates Memorial Day with parade, ceremony to honor those who have served in U.S. military

0:19
Woman arrested for attempted arson in Poughkeepsie

Woman arrested for attempted arson in Poughkeepsie

0:24
Bruce Springsteen postpones 2 more shows due to vocal issues

Bruce Springsteen postpones 2 more shows due to vocal issues

0:24
2 arrested for double stabbing incident in Woodbourne

2 arrested for double stabbing incident in Woodbourne

2:11
Fallen heroes honored during Memorial Day ceremonies in Westchester and Rockland counties

Fallen heroes honored during Memorial Day ceremonies in Westchester and Rockland counties

1:42
Memorial Day ceremonies and parades kick off around the Hudson Valley

Memorial Day ceremonies and parades kick off around the Hudson Valley

1:44
Remember and honor: Mamaroneck Memorial Day parade pays tribute to sacrifices of veterans

Remember and honor: Mamaroneck Memorial Day parade pays tribute to sacrifices of veterans

Wennberg scores in OT, Rangers top Panthers 5-4 to take lead in East finals

Wennberg scores in OT, Rangers top Panthers 5-4 to take lead in East finals

1:41
Not forgotten: Revelers enjoy Memorial Day parade in Hastings-On-Hudson

Not forgotten: Revelers enjoy Memorial Day parade in Hastings-On-Hudson