600-Foot-Long Crevice Opens Up in Upper Peninsula

By: AP
By: AP

STEPHENSON, Mich. (AP) -- Questions are flying after a more than 600-foot-long crevice suddenly opened up this month in the Upper Peninsula.

Residents around Stephenson in Menominee County are asking about what caused the earth to open up Oct. 4.

Rory Mattson, executive director of the Delta Conservation District in Gladstone, tells the Daily Press of Escanaba that the crevice, or fissure, may be the result of fractured rock deep beneath other rock layers.

Mattson says the phenomenon is not unusual in the Upper Peninsula. Mattson says his assessment was based upon information provided by others and he has not visited the site himself.

The fissure at its narrowest is about 12 inches wide and a few inches deep. It widens to more than 2 feet wide and 5 feet deep.


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  • by truthseeker Location: Lansing on Oct 12, 2010 at 07:00 AM
    It looks as if something was tunneling below the ground and got too close to the surface for a couple hundred yards, then went back down. The trees are leaning outwards from the crack, and the ground is heaved up to 5 feet. An earthquake would only make a crack. There may be more going on than disclosed.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2010 at 04:57 PM
    This is another issue that the granholm administration will blame on engler. Not only did he mess up the economics of the state, he destroyed the land mass.
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