BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — A meteor lit up the night sky over the Midwest, then crashes to the Earth causing a minor earthquake.
Dashcam video from Michigan captured the bright light shooting across the sky around 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Apparently, quite a few people in the Chicago area saw the meteor — but the bulk of the sightings were over Michigan.
Officials received hundreds of calls from Illinois to Pennsylvania about this flash of light and a loud noise.
Bright Fireball Over Michigan – 355+reports / 3 videos – https://t.co/i91MMH8UFZ #ams #citizenscience pic.twitter.com/cbpyAlTwp9
— AMSMETEORS (@amsmeteors) January 17, 2018
The National Weather Service has confirmed it was indeed a meteor — and that it caused a 2.0 magnitude earthquake 40-miles northeast of Detroit.
The American Meteor Society says this was a very slow moving meteor with a speed of about 28,000 miles per hour.
It says it’s likely that there are meteorites on the ground in the region.
Mike Hankey from the American Meteor Society called in to speak on the meteor that flew over the Midwest sky.
Watch his full interview in the player below: