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Kalamazoo County had the earthquake on 12:23 pm EDT May 2, 2015. The magnitude of the earthquake as reported by USGS is 4.2  Richter Scale. The location of the earthquake was  Section 13, Township 3S and Range 10W in Pavilion Township of Kalamazoo County (Latitude 42.212,  Longitude -85.429). The depth of the earthquake was 5.9 kilometers or 19,314 feet. Read more...
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State Geological Survey director: 1979 survey needs an update
Oct. 8| The Daily Mining Gazette
Mr. John A. Yellich discusses the accomplishments of the 1979 survey and advocates for a new survey.

Experts say a new geological survey would rock

Oct. 6, 2014| ABC 10
Mr. John A. Yellich is interviewed regarding the need for a geological survey in Michigan and how that could open doors for future mining, mineral exploration, and job opportunities.

WMU partners with energy company to inject carbon dioxide underground, flush out leftover oil
March 18, 2014| Mlive News
WMU Geosciences facilitates economic development in Michigan.

New director named for Michigan Geological Survey
Nov. 7, 2013 | WMU News
Mr. John A. Yellich has been appointed as the director of the Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University.

WMU announces new head of Michigan Geological Survey

WMU research facility assists in rediscovery of rare mineral deposit
Sept. 10, 2013 | WMU News
Western Michigan University's Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education has discovered a long-forgotten mineral deposit located under two West Michigan counties.
Rediscovery of rare mineral deposit