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An Exploding Meteor Caused a 2.0 natural disaster in Michigan Last Night

An Exploding Meteor Caused a 2.0 natural disaster in Michigan Last Night

"Over Michigan, they're rare", he said.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) acknowledged the fall of a meteorite on the outskirts of Detroit (Michigan) that caused a small tremor of 2.0 on the Richter scale.

The American Meteor Society, which received almost 400 reports of the anomaly, pegged the object's path as entering the atmosphere over USA 23 about 10 miles north of Brighton and proceeding west-northwest to near M-59 on the northwest side of Howell. "It was definitely a meteor", Bill Cooke, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office lead at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, told the Washington Post.

Surveillance and vehicle dash camera footage recorded flashes of blue and orange exploding over the southeast highways of the state, causing a shower of speculation to fall over social media. "The two paths collide, and just like a auto accident, you have two objects trying to occupy the same space and the meteor will fall to the earth".

A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky. That explosion generated shock waves that traveled down to the ground northeast of Detroit, where residents heard a loud boom and felt the ground beneath them tremble. Well if they are large enough they get a little deeper into the atmosphere and they can explode like you saw. "Somebody was reporting lightning with thunder", said meteorologist Cory Behnke. The United States Geological Survey reported the equivalent of a magnitude 2.0 natural disaster. For comparison, the very large Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over western Russian in February 2013, causing property damage and injuries, was about 20 meters across and was moving at more than 40,000 miles per hour.

For anyone who finds a chunk, meteorite pieces have been known to sell for up to $1 million per pound.


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