Earthquake temporarily interrupts WMU Commencement ceremony

Posted at 6:37 AM, May 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-03 08:28:22-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Graduation day at Western Michigan University took a surprising turn as the 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook the auditorium filled with people attending Saturday's Commencement ceremony.  A spokesperson with the university says the tremors did rattle the crowd, but the ceremony continued on as planned.

Meanwhile in Grand Rapids, one employee at Lighthouse Nutrition was working at the store on Plainfield Ave when the quake hit.  She says the floor started to rumble and dust was falling from the ceiling.  Another woman told us her husband, a member of the Air National Guard, sent her a text saying the military base in Battle Creek was evacuated to make sure everything was okay.

The U. S. Geological Survey says this is the biggest earthquake felt here in West Michigan since 1947.