"Did you feel it?"

Variations of that question were asked throughout the region Tuesday after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Virginia. The earth shook from Boston to Atlanta and Worcester to Afton.

Delaware and Otsego county 911 officials said they received a lot of calls from people inquiring about the earthquake, but there were no reports of damage in the area.

The earthquake struck at 1:51 p.m., and was centered about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va.

At George C. McLain Tax & Payroll in Bainbridge, CEO George McLain said he and his employees were going about a normal day when the building started shaking. He said he glanced over at the office water cooler, and the water inside was sloshing.

There is an ongoing sidewalk construction project outside their building at 1 West Main St.

"We thought the structure had been weakened from the construction. At first we were all just looking at each other and we were like, 'What was that?'" McLain said a few hours after the quake. "Either this building is coming down, or we were having an earthquake."

McLain said he and his employees evacuated the building for a short time as a precaution.

"My daughter called me from Dryden, and she said, 'Dad, are you alright?'" McLain said.

On the State University College at Oneonta campus, the three-story Netzer Administration Building was also briefly evacuated.

Someone who felt the earthquake pulled the fire alarm, but there was no structural damage, Lt. Sherri Drumm said.

Ken Harnish of Gilbertsville said he and his wife were sitting at the island counter in the kitchen.

Harnish, 81, said he felt a shaking sensation.

"I was startled because I thought I was having the beginning of a heart attack," he said.

He said he noticed his whole house was shaking when he stood up.

"My wife looked across the street and said we are having an earthquake," Harnish said.

The couple went outside and talked to neighbors, who all said they felt the tremors.

"We figured it was an earthquake right away," he said. "I grew up in Florida. I was accustomed to hurricanes, but I never felt an earthquake like that."

In the 1960s, Harnish lived and worked in Mineral, Va., which is about five miles from the quake's epicenter. Harnish was working on the North Anna Power Station, a nuclear site about 10 miles from Mineral, which has a population of about 500 people.

"It was a small town ... very nice people," Harnish recalled.

Reports about the quake came into The Daily Star from all over. But some people didn't feel it.

Marilyn and Jon McGonigal moved from Otego to Staunton, Va., a year ago Tuesday. Staunton, in the Shenandoah Valley, is about 60 miles west of Mineral.

Marilyn McGonigal was buying groceries in the Sharp Shopper store in nearby Waynesboro when the quake hit. But she said she didn't feel it.

Her husband did.

"The car went up and down, and he thought I was putting something in the trunk of the car," McGonigal said.

Upon returning home to her apartment building in Staunton, she learned of the quake because everyone there felt it, McGonigal recalled.

"I felt like I missed something," she said.

About 350 miles away from Mineral, in the town of Davenport, Janice Keegan felt it.

"I was scared to death, and I didn't know what happened," Keegan said.

Keegan said she had just gotten off the phone with someone and was sitting down for lunch.

"The floor underneath my feet started moving back and forth, back and forth," said Keegan, who lives in a mobile home. "It just seemed to go on and on."

Keegan said she was terrified.

"The water was sloshing out of my fish tank," she said. "It was just violent."

Keegan said she remembers feeling the 5.0 earthquake that struck near Plattsburgh in 2002.

"That one felt like a little tremble in the ground," she said.

The most striking thing about the quake, she said, was a sense of nausea.

Other people also reported feeling dizzy or nauseous during the quake.

Keegan also said she thought it was odd how some people in this area felt it strongly, while others didn't feel it at all.

She has friends on higher terrain in Delhi and Oneonta, and she said they didn't feel it.

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