Michigan residents capture meteor’s bright flash as it crashes down, causing earthquake


A meteor flared over Michigan on Jan. 16, exploding with enough force to register as the equivalent of a 2.0 magnitude earthquake, according to officials. (Taylor Turner/The Washington Post)

A meteor burning up over Michigan lit up the night sky Tuesday night, and caused an earthquake registering 2.0 on the richter scale, according to the US Geological Service.

The American Meteor Society said it received almost 400 reports of the meteor. Residents in Detroit reported hearing a loud boom followed by a flash of light.

The National Weather Service later confirmed the object was likely a meteor.

“After reviewing several observational datasets, the NWS can confirm the flash and boom was not thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor. We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor,” NWS officials said.

The fireball was seen primarily from Michigan but was also spotted from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Ontario.

According to NASA Meteor Watch, pieces of the meteor are likely on the ground in southeast Michigan and finding a piece could result in a windfall for someone.

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