3.2 magnitude earthquake near Monroe adds to crazy 2020 in Michigan
As if the year 2020 hadn’t been crazy enough, here came … an earthquake … in Michigan?
You read that right: You can’t count anything out this year.
On Friday evening, a 3.2 magnitude earthquake hit southeast Michigan. It’s not the only thing that’s been crazy about this year. Here are other things that have been crazy:
Probably the craziest and also saddest thing, with more than 174,000 people dying in the United States from a worldwide pandemic. To this point, over 3 millions people have been affected by the virus, which started infiltrating the country in February. The coronavirus led to weeks of quarantine, a statewide mask mandate and was the biggest interruption to normal life in quite some time.
The Asian tiger mosquito, which is capable of transmitting the Zika virus, was discovered for the first time in Michigan in August 2017.
In June, the invasive and disease-carrying mosquito, Aedes albopictus, was spotted in Wayne County. The blood-sucking bug can also transmit viruses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika to people.
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In May, asian giant hornets – nicknamed “murder hornets” – had been spotted in the Pacific Northwest. With stingers long enough to penetrate sever layers of clothing, murder hornets raid beehives and decapitate their victims. They are sized at 2 inches long with a 3-inch wingspan.
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On Feb. 18, the moon passed directly between the Earth and planet Mars. This is known as an occultation.
In March, both the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments were canceled due to the coronavirus. This was major news – the 64-team tournaments are annually one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar. The sports world overall came to a halt and college football is very much in doubt for the fall – the Big Ten has already said they are not playing football in the fall.
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