Many in metro Detroit report feeling rattles from earthquake in Quebec, Canada

People in cities from Lapeer to Dearborn say rooms were visibly shaking

Author: Halston Herrera, Senior News Editor for ClickOnDetroit.com, @ClickOnHalston, hherrera@wdiv.com
Published On: May 17 2013 10:12:54 AM EDT   Updated On: May 17 2013 01:28:30 PM EDT
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DETROIT -

Many people in metro Detroit Friday morning reported feeling shockwaves from a 4.4 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Quebec, Canada.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake happened near Aylmer, Quebec, at 9:43 a.m.

Local 4 viewers in areas such as Detroit, Lapeer, Auburn Hills, Farmington Hills, Troy, Canton, Southfield and Dearborn said they felt several minutes of the quake.

University of Michigan geophysics professor Henry Pollack told Local 4 the fault line for the earthquake doesn't fall near Detroit.

"But, nevertheless, of course, when events occur anywhere, the vibrations will travel and we certainly did feel some this morning," he said.

Pollack said the last similar earthquake to hit that area was in 1944 -- a 5.8.

"This one was a little smaller, a 5.0 or so. I've heard no reports of damage. It doesn't mean it was a trivial quake, it just means there were no structures immediately close to it that were shaken into damage mode," Pollack said.

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