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So what would happen to NYC if Fifth Avenue were the center of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake? The question was on the Daily News' mind after yesterday, so they polled a few geoscience profs. The somewhat calming answer: "It wouldn't be something that would cause widespread devastation." On the other hand, "we do have a pretty old infrastructure," there would be a lot of shattering glass, and the quake would feel like a subway train's rumble times 27,000. One possible solution from the world of architecture: the depthscraper. [NYDN]