3.3 magnitude earthquake rattles Michigan - WNEM TV 5

3.3 magnitude earthquake rattles Michigan

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The United States Geological Survey, or USGS, has confirmed that an earthquake has rattled Michigan.

The USGS reports the magnitude 3.3 quake was centered about 7 miles NE of Union City, that's in Calhoun County, about 11:42 a.m. Tuesday.

The earthquake appears to be an aftershock from the quake that rattled Michigan in May, said Don Blakeman, geophysicist with the USGS. That earthquake happened in Galesburg on May 2. 

The May quake measured 4.2 on the richter scale. It was felt across the state, including in Mid-Michigan.

Blakeman believes Tuesday's quake was an aftershock because it was fairly close to the location of May's earthquake.

May's earthquake was the second strongest earthquake to ever happen in the state. The strongest quake happened in 1947 with a magnitude of 4.6 Click here to see pictures from Galesburg.

Blakeman said Tuesday's earthquake was large enough to be felt in a lot of locations, but not large enough to cause any damage. Geologists said earthquakes between 2.5 and 3.0 are generally the smallest that can be felt. Damage is not likely in quakes smaller than 4.0 magnitude.

No injuries or damage have been reported as a result of Tuesday's quake.

“Even though they don't happen often in Michigan, earthquakes are a threat our emergency management officials are prepared and trained to handle,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Today's event should serve as another reminder for Michiganders of the importance of personal preparedness for all kinds of emergencies and disasters.”

Click here for more information about Michigan earthquakes from the USGS.

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