If tremors from Tuesday afternoon's 5.9-magnitude earthquake were enough to shake homes as far away as Boston, just imagine the shake-up felt in Virginia, where the quake originated.

You felt it from the floor through the chair, and all the windows started rattling, Steve Lang, a retired AT&T manager who lives in Danville, Va., about 150 miles from the epicenter, told IBTimes.

There was alow rumble and everything started to shake, Lang continued. It lasted about 20 seconds. That's a pretty good rattle. All the plants hanging on a hook were shaking.

Lang, who spoke to IBTimes via cell phone, said the land lines in his area were out, and the town of Danville had seen no major damage.

Our birds got quiet. That's a good thing, he joked. It was ... interesting.