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Earthquake-causing meteor strikes over Michigan

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 8:09 AM - A bright meteor flashed across the sky in parts of Ontario and the U.S. Midwest on Tuesday night causing a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers. It also caused a weak magnitude 2.0 earthquake.

At 8:10 p.m. Tuesday night, the meteor was seen over the Great Lakes region in places such as Windsor, Ontario and six U.S. states including Michigan and Ohio. NASA is analyzing the meteor’s data, and said the explosion was a rare and "huge event" for Michigan.

"The NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor," the NWS in Detroit said on Twitter Tuesday.

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According to the U.S. Geological Surevey, it then registered a magnitude 2.0 earthquake about seven kilometres east of Saint Clair Shores in Eastern Michigan.

The fireball sent social media users into a frenzy, making #meteor a top five trending topic in the U.S. on Twitter.

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