Earthquake in Battle Creek, Michigan

Photo Credit: morguefile.com

Photo Credit: morguefile.com

Earthquakes – they’re not just for San Francisco anymore. There was reportedly an earthquake in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Tuesday morning. Battle Creek is the city known for Kellogg’s Cereal and Milk, responsible for breakfast treats like Frosted Flakes. Frosted Flakes and earthquakes, apparently.

Officials are now investigating whether or not this earthquake is an aftershock of one that occurred in the area about two months ago. According to geologist Don Blakeman, an aftershock is “substantially much smaller” than the previous earthquake. That ought to get Michigan residents to breathe a sigh of relief.

According to a map of intensity online, some people reported feeling the effects of the quake in areas as south as the state of Indiana and as north as the Michigan city of Holland. Geophysicist Julie Dutton said that Tuesday’s earthquake was in an area not far away from another quake on May 4. That particular earthquake clocked in a 4.2 magnitude on the Richter scale. Tuesday’s earthquake had a magnitude of 3.3.

But earthquakes in Michigan aren’t very common. Dutton claims that some can happen “on some of the faults in the area,” and that appears to be the case in Michigan. A little crazy, but officials are looking into it so Battle Creek residents can feel safer.

Luckily, no one was injured in the May 4 earthquake, and no one was injured during Tuesday’s aftershock.

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