5.9, East Coast? Really? Nice try.
We Californians get a 6.0 out here and go right back to sleep, if we wake up at all. The East Coast gets one and life as they know it is over. 24/7 news coverage. Forget Libya, D.C. shook! Mildly! Really, people felt it in North Carolina and Toronto, Canada? A 5.9 earthquake? Please. Get a grip y'all. You're freaking out like we do when it rains for more than a half-hour.
Edit: Oh, let me guess, your earthquakes are more humid.