House Explosion in Flint Registers as a 3.4 Magnitude Earthquake
A house explosion in Flint which was felt for miles around has registered as an unconfirmed 3.4 magnitude earthquake. VolcanoDiscovery.com terms the event as an "unconfirmed quake or seismic-like event." The Monday (11/22) night event is said to have reached a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) below the earth's surface, according to the website.
The home explosion on Hogarth Ave. on the city's west side left two people dead, as the body of a 3-year-old girl was discovered earlier today. Athena Simerson identified the remains of her granddaughter NuVeah Lucas who had been missing for approximately 12 hours after the blast.
Two other homes were destroyed in the explosion and debris is said to have damaged up to 20 other homes in the area. Consumers Energy has shut off gas service to the three homes that were destroyed and four others in the area.
Several people have shared home video of the incident on social media. We've included some of those accounts here.
Temporary shelters have been set up for the families who have been displaced by the explosion.
- St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3139 Hogarth Ave, Flint
- Hand of God Ministries, 3408 Miller Rd, Flint
- End Time Outreach, 1011 Hammond Ave, Flint
The cause of the blast has not yet been determined. Firefighters and emergency crews are still working to identify the source of the explosion, with initial reports indicating that it may have been caused by a gas leak.
If you felt Monday night's blast where you live, you can submit your findings to VolcanoDiscover.com.