Michigan Meteor Shakes Things Up with 2.0 quake

Nick Sanchez
January 18, 2018

The society said it was investigating more than 50 reports about fireballs seen Tuesday night over multiple states.

Moments after the meteor flew across the region around 8 p.m. local time, the National Weather Service confirmed that it caused a "magnitude 2.0 quake".

The American Meteor Society said it's likely that meteorites are on the ground in that area.

The National Weather Service eventually solved the mystery, tweeting "USGS confirms meteor occurred around 810 pm, causing a magnitude 2.0 quake". They move at high speed when entering the Earth's atmosphere.

A meteor passed over MI and IL on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The earthshaking rumblings felt in MI last night weren't an natural disaster, but rather vibrations from a booming noise caused by a meteor whizzing overhead, according to the National quake Information Center (NEIC).

The meteor was about two yards in diameter and fell into the atmosphere at about 28,000 miles per hour, said Bill Cooke, who leads NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Michigan State Police troopers reported seeing the light as well, and the police agency also received reports.

Did you see a big flash in the sky or hear what sounded like a clap of thunder Tuesday night?

Social media erupted with thousands of people concerned by what was happening and looking for solutions.

This "fireball meteor" seems to be a bolide meteor according to the Michael J. Narlock, Head of Astronomy at Cranbrook Institute of Science in MI.

Trembly adds that the meteor could have landed somewhere, but is unclear if it was maybe in MI, a lake or as far away as Canada.

If you happen to find a piece of the meteorite in metro Detroit, you could be in for a real prize, with some going for up to $1 million a pound. It produced many meteorites, the largest of which was about 60 centimetres across and weighed around 300 kilograms.

Doppler radar, normally used to track precipitation and storm motion, has become a valuable tool for meteorite hunters in recent years.

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