A mild earthquake rocked the house here shortly before 2 p.m. today. The 5.9 temblor, centered in Virginia, rattled dishes and people living along the East Coast and unaccustomed to such events.
On my street people were out of their houses saying, "Did you feel the earthquake?" The emphasis and surprise were centered on the word "earthquake."
There was no damage here and any injuries in a wider way have not yet been reported.