Rare Earthquake Shakes Michigan


A rare earthquake, registering magnitude 4.2, rattled the western part of Michigan on Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake hit around 12:30 p.m. local time and was felt from Toledo to Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

From Governor Snyder:

The U.S. Geological Survey today confirmed that a 4.2 magnitude‪#‎earthquake‬ affected the state of Michigan 5 miles south of Galesburg at 12:23 p.m.

At this time, there are no reported injuries or damages. Individuals who have damages from the earthquake are encouraged to report it to local emergency management officials.

“It’s rare for Michigan to experience earthquakes, but as we were reminded today, it does happen,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage because of today’s earthquake, and that’s fortunate because we are actuately aware of the challenges posed by such natural disasters in other parts of the world recently. The Michigan State Police is ready to assist in any emergency that strikes our state.”

The state – via the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division continues – continues to closely monitor the situation and stands ready to assist Michiganders and local communities as needed.

The public is encouraged to monitor local media for up-to-date weather reports and emergency information. For updated information, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go towww.michigan.gov/emhsd.

The largest earthquake in state history was a magnitude-4.6 tremor that occurred August 9, 1947, in the south-central part of the state, the USGS said.

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