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The magnitude 3.6 earthquake occurred just after 8 pm, around Amherstburg, Canada.

A small earthquake shook windows and nerves Thursday night in the Metro Detroit.

The magnitude 3.6 quake struck at 20:01. and was centered near Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, according to the United States Geological Survey. Amherstburg is about 20 miles from downtown Detroit.

"They come from time to time, just on that scale," in the region, said David Gurney, meteorologist for the National Weather Service at White Lake. "They are rare but not unknown."

No immediate damage was reported.

In Taylor, Jeff Ward, 58, was sitting on his couch watching TV as the floor began to tremble.

"It was kind of like a rumble," he said. "I live near I-94, so I thought it might be a truck at 94, but then it went on, and the house started shaking."

Ward said he first wondered if the shaking was caused by a meteor exploding across the sky in January.

Social media quickly broke out with comments on the earthquake.

"I never thought I would experience my first Michigan earthquake!" Twitter user @ Ashleyyymc1 wrote.

Another Twitter user, @cole_hinzmann, said, "Just when you thought the weather in Michigan could not get worse, boom, earthquake."

Ian Lee, meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said about an hour after the quake The agency had received no claims.

Thursday's quake was the last in a series of small shocks that hit the Mid-State in recent years.

On May 2, 2015, there was a magnitude 4.2 earthquake with an epicenter about 5 miles south of Galesburg or 9 miles southeast of Kalamazoo. It was widely perceived across lower Michigan, north Indiana, northwestern Ohio, even in Illinois, Wisconsin and Ontario.

It was registered as the strongest earthquake in Michigan in more than 67 years.

Just weeks later, on June 30, 2015, another quake – this one 3.3 magnitude – struck 13 miles southeast of Battle Creek.

In 2011, an epicenter earthquake in Virginia caused the upper floors of the Detroit Renaissance Center to rock.

Contact Ann Zaniewski: 313-222-6594 ​​or azaniewski@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter: @AnnZaniewski.

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