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Sat May 2, 2015, 02:37 PM

A 4.2 earthquake in Michigan, outside Kalamazoo

A 4.2 earthquake in Michigan, outside Kalamazoo

A 4.2 earthquake in Michigan has been confirmed by the National Weather Service in White Lake Michigan.

The earthquake was centered 8 km south of Galesburg, outside of Kalamazoo and was recorded shortly after noon, said meteorologist Joseph Clark.

"It registered as 4.2, which is considered moderate, with little damage -- maybe things falling from shelves or off the wall," said Clark.

People have reported feeling tremors in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and across Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries despite being felt far away. U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso says that's common for quakes of this magnitude.

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/05/02/earthquake-michigan-outside-kalamazoo/26773619/

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Reply A 4.2 earthquake in Michigan, outside Kalamazoo (Original post)
Novara May 2015 OP
ChairmanAgnostic May 2015 #1
Demeter May 2015 #2
longship May 2015 #3
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russ1943 May 2015 #5

Response to Novara (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 02:59 PM

1. The nearest fracking (2013 map) was 40 miles away

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Response to ChairmanAgnostic (Reply #1)

Sat May 2, 2015, 03:17 PM

2. Close enough

 

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Response to Novara (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 03:55 PM

3. Not every earthquake comes from fracking.

And earthquakes happen all over the world. They are natural occurrences due to tectonic activity.

Every time there's an earthquake post, some people assume it is because of fracking. That would be wrong. Not because it is not from fracking but because there is no way to state whether a single earthquake is from fracking. It is also an example of confirmation bias. One counts the cases where there is fracking nearby and ignores the cases where there isn't.

In other words, it would be incorrect to state this was from fracking. It could be, but probably not because earthquakes just happen on their own.

Earthquakes are rare in Michigan, but I personally experienced one good one in the late 70's. That was in Detroit area. I was watching Bill Kennedy's classic movie program which was broadcast live. I felt the floor shake for a few seconds. I thought it was a truck going by. But Bill Kennedy came on saying, "We've just had an earthquake!" It was my first. I lived in SoCal for nearly ten years and experienced many more. They were a daily thing there but one only feels those that are large
or close enough.

I did not feel this one. I am about 35 miles north of Grand Rapids.


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Response to Novara (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 04:47 PM

4. I just moved back to MI after spending half my life in CA

So I knew right away it was a quake (felt it near Saginaw) but I wondered how much fracking is going on here.

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Sat May 2, 2015, 10:13 PM

5. Felt it here.

Allendale, between Grand Rapids & Grand Haven. Didn't know what it was. Saw the report on US Geological site. Kinda scary. Local weather people said it was the strongest since 1947.

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