So, where were you when the earthquake hit?

Debris covers the floor of the Miller's Mart food store in Mineral, Va., a small town northwest of Richmond near the earthquake's epicenter. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Shake, rattle and roll hit Virginia Tuesday with a 5.9 earthquake centered in the Old Dominion.

Windows rattled, pictures dropped from the walls and a few things fell from their perches.  No significant damage unless you count frayed nerves after the guy upstairs reminded us that he’s still boss.

Amy felt the tremor while showering.  I was on the road on my motorcycle and felt nothing. Hard to notice something as minor as an earthquake when you’re on a Harley. They shake enough.

In Mineral, VA, near the epicenters, boxes of foot products littered the floor of a grocery store. One of the spires at Washington National Cathedral is missing in the nation’s capital.  The National Park Service closed the Washington Monument after a crack appeared near the top.

The folks who know about earthquakes say Tuesday’s rumble was the worst to hit the East Coast in 67 years.

And, they say, we may get an aftershock or two.

So where were you when the earth shook Tuesday afternoon?

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  1. On the 17th floor of a 20-story building in downtown Richmond. We had experienced an earthquake several years ago – but not like this one. The first was a bouncing of a chair three or four times. Yesterday, the chair and the floor and the computer monitor and things of shelves all rattled and shook for about 30 seconds — and the building swayed. That did it for me and I headed outside. Two aftershocks, around 8 pm and again at 11:45 — nothing like the first one – but further reminders of the powers of nature.

  2. On the main floor of the Stanley Library at Ferrum College. This was how I knew while the quake was still rumbling that it had to be a big one: I actually felt and heard the quake in our big block of a building, whereas it was about the only building on campus where you couldn’t feel the last few smaller quakes.

  3. Family in Alexandria, VA had some pictures fall off the wall, while a sister in downtown Boston, MA felt the shudder, and family in Syracuse felt it, too. Me, living just north of Boston, MA, I was driving at the moment, and didn’t notice a thing, but with potholes and such, who could tell?

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