Residents of Michigan may have been privy to feeling the tremors from a 4.2 earthquake at 12:24 pm EST Saturday afternoon, according to the USGS which struck about 5 miles southeast of Galesburg, Michigan (just east of Kalamazoo).
In the metro Detroit area, reports state that the modest tremor could be felt for five to ten seconds, with no immediate reports of damage, but also states that a quake of this magnitude would not be likely to cause much if any damage.
Reports that are coming in now, state the quake could be felt from Chicago to Toledo, Oh, and although earthquakes are not a common occurrence, they do happen every few years. Most of the earthquakes are less than a 4.0 which makes the tremors very hard to detect, and if you were out and about or driving you were most likely not able to feel it.
The epicenter of this most recent quake is home to the strongest recorded quake in Michigan history, occurring on August 9th, 1947, measuring a 4.6 on the Richter scale, it caused damage to chimneys and plaster over a 50,000 square mile radius.
Governor Rick Snyder stated that it is rare for Michigan to experience earthquakes, but they do still happen. He also reported that there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from Saturday’s quake. He also stated that the state, via the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, are continuing to monitor the situation and is prepared to assist the residents as needed.
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams