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The Margin: Meteor triggers rare 2.0 earthquake in Michigan

A flash in the night sky Tuesday over the Detroit area brought enough force to register as a 2.0 magnitude earthquake.

The meteor was seen across the region in parts of Ohio, Michigan and Ontario at about 8 p.m. Eastern and registered a 2.0 magnitude tremor about four miles east of Saint Clair Shores in Eastern Michigan, the United States Geological Survey confirmed on its website.

The National Weather Service said it, too, believed the event 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.

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