NEW YORK (PIX11) – New York City and parts of New Jersey are sinking, according to research from NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory.
Data from the lab shows most areas are sinking around one-tenth of an inch every two years. Sites built on old landfills are shifting at an even faster rate, according to researchers.
Among those sites are Arthur Ashe Stadium, a runway at LaGuardia Airport, and parts of Route 78 and Route 440 in New Jersey.
Reasons cited in the study include the resettling of land previously shifted by now-melted glaciers and the mass removal of water from underground aquifers.
Erin Pflaumer is a digital content producer from Long Island who has covered both local and national news since 2018. She joined PIX11 in 2023. See more of her work here.