Magnitude 3.6 earthquake most significant in MI since 2015

(Source: United States Geological Survey)

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 3.6-magnitude earthquake centered in southern Canada that also was felt in suburban Detroit.

The quake was recorded late Thursday near Amherstburg, Ontario, a town of about 21,900 people.

Jeff Ward of Taylor, Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press he was on his couch watching television when the ground started shaking. He says a rumbling sound made him think a truck was passing on nearby Interstate 94. But his understanding changed when the sound continued and the house started shaking.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ian Lee says the earthquake occurred around 8 p.m. Meteorologist David Gurney says earthquakes of the 3.6 magnitude "are rare, but not unheard of" in southeast Michigan.

Larry Ruff, Professor in the Department of Earth and Envronmental Sciences, is a seismologist who studies large earthquakes around the world. He had this to say about last night's quake.

"This earthquake is unusual. It is the most significant earthquake in this area since the pair of Michigan events back in May and June of 2015," Ruff said. "A magnitude-4.2 earthquake hit near Galesburg in Kalamazoo County in May 2015, and was followed the next month by a smaller one. The May 2015 earthquake near Galesburg was the largest quake in Michigan since 1947 and the second-largest in records dating back roughly a century."

The earthquake's center was across the Detroit River from the city of Detroit.

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