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14 miles WSW of Battle Creek...

...was the location of a magnitude 4.2 earthquake that happened in Michigan early Saturday afternoon. Mostly startling rather than damaging, from the bits I've read, but some folks won't be driving up their street for a bit.

Michigan earthquakes are rare enough that it's getting reported and tweeted about not just all over the country, but worldwide, too. Not what I was expecting to see when doing a late-night email and net pass. I'm surprised to read reports of it being felt from Toledo and Detroit to Chicago. That seems like a large distance for such a mild earthquake.

My favorite report so far came near the end of the article on the Battle Creek Enquirer website:

Pennfield resident Laura Otte said she initially thought a medical helicopter was flying over her home near Bailey Park.

But instead, she said, the sound intensified.

"The large mirror on the wall by my chair was shaking and sending bouncing reflections around the wall which told me this was something very different," Otte said on Facebook.

She went outside and asked her neighbor if he felt an earthquake. He calmly said yes and continued gardening, Otte said.

Great neighbor!

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don_fitch
May. 3rd, 2015 12:12 pm (UTC)
I have to wonder if there was much or any Fracking going on in the area. It takes a long time for stastical correspondence evidence to build up, and it might just be that Ghod is angry about the policies of the Conservative governments in the area, but...

And, of course, from time to time even seismically stable areas build up enough stress to shake, rattle, and roll a bit. I'm glad there seems to have been no really serious damage or injuries in this incident.
bibliofile
May. 6th, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)
Isn't that part of the midwest all one giant sheet of the same kind of rock? Trying to remember that book (was it Dan Simmons?) about the New Madrid fault, where the entire midwest rang like a bell.

On the down side, if fracking had anything to do with it, I haven't moved far enough away to be out of the danger zone.
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