Wow!! Just experienced a REAL earthquake here in Northern Virginia. Walls shook, pictures fell, lamps broke, doors to small cabinets open, and two cats still hiding 1.5 hours later. I've lost a few knick-knacks and plates, but things are fine.
Quite a bit different than the 4.5 earthquake 2003 which I would not have noticed if I had not been sitting at the piano. During the rumbles then I saw my hand bouncing up and down and knew that it wasn't me.
This quake seemed to be loud and I thought it was an explosion at first, except that it kept going and going. Time to clean up the broken glass (and jade, and wooden figures, etc).
Wonder when I will see those two scared kitty-cats. Musette on the other hand can't seem to get enough pets, she's all over me. :)