3.3 earthquake centered near Battle Creek

Posted at 11:58 AM, Jun 30, 2015

UNION CITY, Mich. - The earth has moved again in the Battle Creek area.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake registered a magnitude of 3.3 and was centered about 7 miles NE of Union City and 13 miles from Battle Creek. The USGS has the epicenter as along the eastern shore of Warner Lake.  They say today's quake may have been an aftershock of May 2nd's 4.2 earthquake that took place five miles south of Galesburg.

A Portage resident tells us that the tremor lasted about 30 seconds.  Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and the Battle Creek Police have also reported feeling the earth shake.  Jim Blocker, Battle Creek Chief of Police tweeted immediately that he had felt it.

Arleen Balowski was sitting at her desk at Arleen's Accounting in Union City when she heard the commotion.

"I thought it was deep thunder, I thought maybe semis were running out in the alley. I'm getting a bit concerned, you know, two or three months and having a second one here, it's getting a bit scary," Balowski said.

The quake was felt along I-94, including in Kalamazoo.  The National Weather Service reports that the quake happened at about 11:42am.

Michigan State Police say that assessments are still ongoing, but there are no reported injuries or damage.  Anyone with earthquake-related damage is encouraged to report it to local emergency management officials.

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

USGS map of Battle Creek Earthquake

USGS map of Battle Creek Earthquake