Michigan Meteor Shakes Things Up with 2.0 natural disaster

Posted January 18, 2018

A meteor soared across the skies in MI on Tuesday night, leaving the skies bright and some places experiencing a loud boom.

The US Geological Survey confirmed the magnitude 2.0 quake had an epicenter just north of New Haven, Michigan (roughly 40 miles north of Detroit) after the meteor entered and struck the Earth.

If it was a meteor, despite the bright light and reports of people's houses shaking, it wasn't actually risky.

However, the measurement doesn't exactly indicate the energy that the meteor released.

"It exploded definitely over southeastern MI".

Twitter was jumping with reports about the flash on Tuesday night.

Since the whole incident - from the first appearance of the meteor to the meteoroid exploding in a fireball - lasted barely a few seconds, nearly all the videos and photographs of it that were shared online by people were taken by security cameras.

NASA officials confirmed to The Detroit Newsthat its meteor camera caught the event at 8:08pm at Oberlin College in OH (see below).

According to NASA, the fireball entered the atmosphere just north of Brighton and landed just west of Howell.

The phenomenon was also seen across several states from Wisconsin to OH and up into southwestern Ontario, Canada, WOOD reported. The ground shook. This all happened after a meteor showed up to rock MI on Tuesday night.

In the case of the MI meteoroid, NASA's Cooke said, "there are probably meteorites on the ground in southeast MI right now".

On Tuesday evening (Jan. 16), people in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario, Canada, were treated to the awe-inspiring view of a meteor streaking across the night sky.

Keep an eye on the ground if you live near the site of impact, as the AMS believes chunks of the meteor are probably waiting to be found.

The National Weather Service said they received multiple reports from around Metro Detroit of "a flash and a boom" beginning about 8:10 p.m.