Well, after the last few weeks of extreme cold, blizzards, tornadoes and even floods, now this:
Interesting that it happened on the day the new princess was born!
One more update with funny twitter comments:
CNN)A rare earthquake, registering magnitude 4.2, rattled the western part of Michigan on Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The quake struck at about 12:30 p.m. local time five miles south of Galesburg and nine miles southeast of Kalamazoo, the USGS said.
“It’s rare for Michigan to experience earthquakes, but as we were reminded today, it does happen,” Gov. Rick Snyder said on his webpage. “There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage because of today’s earthquake, and that’s fortunate because we are acutely aware of the challenges posed by such natural disasters in other parts of the world recently.”
The earthquake was felt from Toledo to Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Maybe it didn’t cause damage, but the earthquake created a stir on social media. A tweet from @CalebSeeley3 said, “I had to look on twitter to make sure I’m not going insane. #earthquake”
Jakub Arntson @jakebmurkin
Only in michigan where we have snow, an 80 degree day, and an earthquake in a week
Graduates and their families at Western Michigan University had just filled an auditorium for commencement when the quake struck, CNN affiliate WXMI reported. A school official said graduation went on as planned, WXMI said.
This was apparently the second strongest quake in Michigan’s recorded history.
The largest earthquake in state history was a magnitude-4.6 tremor that occurred August 9, 1947, in the south-central part of the state, the USGS said.
That quake damaged chimneys, cracked plaster and caused goods to fall off store shelves, the USGS said.
From our local news:
Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake In Kalamazoo County Shakes Michigan
Did you feel it? Chances are excellent that you did. The U.S. Geological Survey confirms a magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit southwest Michigan Saturday afternoon at 12:23 five miles south of Galesburg in Kalamazoo County. The shaking was felt all the way to St. Joseph and Benton Harbor along with Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Troy. In a statement, Governor Snyder’s office notes there are no injuries reported from the quake, and there has not been any damage reported as yet. Michigan State Police are monitoring the situation along with the state Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.
According to the Associated Press, people reported feeling the earthquake in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin. Governor Snyder notes that the lack of major problems from the quake is “fortunate because we are acutely aware of the challenges posed by such natural disasters in other parts of the world recently.”
Plus, cool video of the quake as it happened: