June 23, 2010, - 2:45 pm

OMG, I Just Felt an Earthquake . . . in MICHIGAN!

By Debbie Schlussel

Never thought I’d experience an earthquake–however mild–here in the Detroit area.

About a half hour ago, I was sitting at my desk, typing on my computer, and I felt like the room was shaking.  I was wondering:  are they doing work in the building that is that powerful that it makes the building shake?  Could this be a tremor?  Nah, I thought.  These things don’t happen in Detroit.  Then, I thought, maybe it’s my imagination, and I’m dizzy.

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Turns out, it was not my imagination.  It was, indeed, an earthquake.  Registered a 5.5.  Whoa.

Damn–one of the last advantages to living in Detroit, now crossed off the list.

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26 Responses

Atleast in Detroit you can sort of laugh it off since it may not happen again in your lifetime. It happened once here in New York 10 years ago early in the morning while I was sleeping so it wasn’t a big deal, in California however you woul have to buy all new stuff, find a new place to live and pray for family members.

THE LORD THOR on June 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    It was a 5.0 centered in Ontario and there have been a number in Quebec in the past few months. That one that happened in IL a few months ago is I believe the same fault system. The Hudson Valley is also a huge fault line..

    Norman, my daily newsletter from USGS.gov says you’re wrong. There have been many mild ones SW of Pueblo.

    What’s interesting is the area of the Gulf of Mexico where BP’s disaster well is, is also a fault. The Gulf is fairly shallow but there is a trench right there, that is about 2 mi. deep in places. It connects to the fault that caused the Haiti quake.

    mk750 on June 24, 2010 at 4:48 am

    It was a 5.0 centered in Ontario and there have been a number in Quebec in the past few months. That one that happened in IL a few months ago is I believe the same fault system. The Hudson Valley is also a huge fault line..

    Norman, my daily newsletter from USGS.gov says you’re wrong. There have been many mild ones SW of Pueblo.

    What’s interesting is the area of the Gulf of Mexico where BP’s disaster well is, is also a fault. The Gulf is fairly shallow but there is a trench right there, that is about 2 mi. deep in places. It connects to the fault that caused the Haiti quake.

    mk750 on June 24, 2010 at 4:48 am

crazy! glad you’re safe!

david on June 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm

It doesn’t happen in Colorado. But as your experience indicated, there are plenty of unknown fault lines outside California that haven’t been mapped. And depending on when your home was built, it may or may not be in compliance with earthquake safety standards.

Thank G-d it wasn’t the Big One!

NormanF on June 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Well, if you don’t like Detroit, there’s always….Deerborn?

Sarah Leah Lawent on June 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Is there a high concentration of muzzies in Detroit?

God’s judgment!

As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I’m reminded of a time some 20+ years ago when I was working in nearby Baileys Crossroads, VA – just outside Washington. One morning, up on the 13th floor, I briefly felt a weird swaying prompting a general “What was that?”. Later that day we learned we’d experienced a very mild quake (4.x). I don’t envy those who live near more active faults, but if you’ve never experienced a quake, even a mild one, they can be very unsettling.

Years later I experienced a very different event – this time deliberate. It was September 11 and the Pentagon had just been hit. Our building was across the river and even from a distance we felt the impact. Seeing the smoke, the reaction quickly changed from “What was that?” to “Oh, my God!” A day too many are forgetting, but I never will.

Raymond in DC on June 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

5.5 is a pretty good shaker for sure,we have been having lots of quakes here since Easter.No damage just things-a-swinging from the ceilings :) And EVERY state of the union has had an earthquake!

Chiefscotty24 on June 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Good ole’ Southern California 3 seasons…Fire,mudslide and earthquake season….

    Chiefscotty24 on June 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      Chiefscotty24 – you forgot May Gray and June Gloom down here in San Diego.

      Jarhead on June 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I felt one across the river in the late 80′s while I was studying at the University of Windsor. I was reading a bulletin board and it started shaking as did the floor. But it was nothing compared to the one I felt in my home in Vancouver in 2000/2001!

Karen on June 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm

5.5? Where was the epicenter I wonder? That’s powerful enough to cause serious damage.

DS_ROCKS! on June 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Rural Ontario. Go to http://www.usgs.gov for info on this and other natural events.

    mk750 on June 24, 2010 at 4:51 am

it musta been this one . . .
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/06/23/canada.earthquake/index.html?video=true&hpt=T2

Graty Slapchop on June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Must be global warming. We better rush out and support Cap and Trade!

Little Al on June 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Little Al:

    I can’t wait for Cap and Trade: gas will become $7 a gallon….

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Re:

“crazy! glad you’re safe!

david on June 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm”

Amen!

JeffE on June 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I live in Los Angeles, where we are quite used to experiencing what you (Debbie) just experienced on a fairly regular basis, and don’t even pay that much attention to minor tremors of that nature.

Just be glad that in Michigan, you’ll probably never have to go through what we experienced in January of 1994. I worked in a video rental store at the time, and the place had to be closed for the next three days while all us employees feverishly worked all day long picking all the merchandise (and shelves they were displayed on) up off the floor. We had to determine which VHSs were still playable, and which ones had to be trashed. There was also alot of sweeping up of shattered glass, as all the windows no longer existed.

Daniel H on June 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    A tip for the ladies…if you’re husband or b/f asks “did the earth move for you?”….amuse them and say “yes”

    michman on June 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Well, it is exercise anyway.

Worry01 on June 24, 2010 at 12:38 am

I am glad you & everyone are ok!!

L on June 24, 2010 at 8:56 am

5.5? Puleeze! 7.2 Easter Sunday here in San Diego. In my backyard, it was like I was on a boat in the ocean. Pretty cool.

BLESS ISRAEL on June 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I felt it to in Lapeer Michigan Debbie, its disturbing to feel something like this in michigan.

Mors on June 24, 2010 at 6:05 pm

i told their gov months b-4 the 1 in the u.p.&the 5.5,the 1that damaged buildings in detro t[that they would have a 5.5,after,i prayed “a little further west &north,father send that cursed dirt a stronger sign.and then on 10-04-10 the 1 in the u.p.michi gan is cu

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