Governor: Michigan earthquake ‘serves as another reminder’

UNION CITY, Mich. (WLNS) – An earthquake has been confirmed in the Battle Creek area.

Early reports by the US Geological Survey are that the 3.3 magnitude quake was centered about 7.5 miles northeast of Union City, about 55 miles southeast of Lansing.

The USGS reports the quake hit at 11:42 a.m. Tuesday and was felt in Charlotte, Albion, Hillsdale and Hanover.  A person at the Hanover Township offices tells 6 News they first thought someone had driven a vehicle into the building.

The USGS says so far there are no reported injuries or damage at this time. Anyone with earthquake-related damage should report it to local emergency management officials.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Governor Snyder said:

“Even though they don’t happen often in Michigan, earthquakes are a threat our emergency management officials are prepared and trained to handle. Today’s event should serve as another reminder for Michiganders of the importance of personal preparedness for all kinds of emergencies and disasters.”

Michigan previously experienced an earthquake on May 2. The 4.2 magnitude earthquake was centered 5 miles south of Galesburg, causing minor structural damage in the area.

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