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Tremor caused by meteor fall near Detroit

Last updated on January 22, 2018

Detroit, USA — The United States Geological Survey (USGS) acknowledged the fall of a meteorite on the outskirts of Detroit (Michigan) that caused a small tremor of 2.0 on the Richter scale.

The earthquake was recorded at 20.09 local time (01.09 of Wednesday GMT). The USGS confirmed that the origin of the earthquake was the fall of a meteorite that was “seen and heard” in the Detroit area.

The National Weather Service in Detroit, although yet to issue an official statement, said the flash was “not thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor.”

The approximate location of the meteorite’s fall was 8 kilometers west-southwest of New Haven.

Before the USGS announced the fall of the meteorite, dozens of people shared through social networks, recordings of the meteor where a flash of bright light was followed by an apparent explosion.

In February of 2017, a similar event took place when hundreds of people from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, New York, Ontario and Kentucky reported seeing a giant green fireball enter Lake Michigan.