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My mom and sister live in Charlottesville, VA, which is about 30 min away from the epicenter. I haven't talked to my sister yet, but my mom said she thought the upstairs apartment was going to come down on her! She grew up in California, but she said this was the most intense Earthquake she experienced.
Dad lives in northern VA and was touring a building in DC when the quake hit. He said that the biggest pain for him was getting home because all the traffic lights were out.
DH was in Boston today, and he didn't feel the quake, but his coworkers who were sitting at a table in the next room did- he said they kept glaring at each other trying to figure out who was "kicking the table", LOL!
I live in Colorado, where there was a 5.3 earthquake this morning, but it was in the southern part of the state so we didn't feel it. The interesting thing is that we're a lot closer to that earthquake than DH was to the Virginia one, but because of the type/orientation of rocks on the East Coast, apparently the vibrations were able to travel farther.
I wasn't affected, obviously, but what I head was on the West coast where quakes happen pretty frequently, fault lines shift and that causes the quake. On the East coast, there isn't a major fault line, so when a quake happens, the movement is much more pronounced.
The Aleutians had a 6.something quake a few months ago, and a following tsunami evacuation, but we didn't really feel much out here, even though we were close to it, because of the difference in tectonic plates.