Meteor & earthquake in Michigan: Here’s everything we know

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Article By: Ken Haddad & Derick Hutchinson

DETROIT – Tuesday night in Michigan was a lot more exciting than you probably planned it to be. Around 8:10 p.m. (give or take), a meteor flew past Southern Michigan, triggered a weak earthquake & blowing up your social media feed.

The United States Geological Survey confirmed Tuesday that a meteor was sighted over Metro Detroit & caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake, according to the National Weather Service.

Local 4 received 100s of calls from across the area from residents who saw a bright light & heard a loud explosion. Reports started pouring in around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Members of the Local 4 staff also reported seeing the flash & hearing a noise.

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross said the bright light & loud noise might have been caused by a bolide, which is a meteor that breaks up in the atmosphere.

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A map posted on the organization’s website shows several reports throughout Metro Detroit. There are also reports in West Michigan, Ohio, Indiana & Illinois.

What is the difference between a fireball & a bolide?
A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often w/visible fragmentation.

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