Watch a suspected meteor light up the MI sky

Meteor flashes across Michigan sky , causes 2.0 magnitude earthquake

The National Weather Service in Detroit reported after reviewing several observational data, that the flash and the boom heard over MI was not thunder or lightning but a likely meteor instead. It likely penetrated deep into Earth's atmosphere before breaking apart.

"There are seismic signatures that take place when a meteor enters our atmosphere that can create pressures that buildup and they need to be expended somewhere".

"If you have ever seen a meteor shower or you see a shooting star, that's a small little meteor", he said. Rather, the mild shake you may have experienced was equivalent to a 2.0 magnitude natural disaster, but it wasn't an quake itself, which is caused by shifting tectonic plates beneath the earth's crust.

A fireball that passed over metro Detroit on Tuesday night was lighting up social media. Others reported getting a glimpse in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Ontario. It exploded in the air with the power of 100 tons of TNT, said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.

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NWSD later confirmed that a meteor had occurred, citing the U.S. Geological Survey.

"The sparkling display sent social media users into a frenzy, making "#meteor" a top 5 trending topic in the USA on Twitter.

NASA considers any meteor brighter than Venus to be a fireball, and it keeps a database and map of their sightings dating back to 1988.

"The faster you move, the more energy you dump in the atmosphere, which heats you up more and the less you survive", Cooke said. But elsewhere on the planet, "they happen a few times every month". That rich influx of oxygen is what escalates things from mild streak to "airburst", a term Bergin said is more or less interchangeable with the more colloquial "fireball" (experts, including NASA, use both).

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