A small earthquake nearby will feel like a small sharp jolt followed by a few stronger sharp shakes that pass quickly. A small earthquake far away will probably not be felt at all, but if you do feel it, it will be a subtle gentle shake or two that is easier to feel if youre still and sitting down.
How big does an earthquake have to be to feel it?
The magnitude, location, and depth of an earthquake, and overlying soil conditions determine how widely and strongly any particular event can be felt. Typically, people report feeling earthquakes larger than about magnitude 3.0.
Can you feel an earthquake on the ground?
Generally yes, but it depends on the cave characteristics and where you are in it. An interesting note: Cavers who witnessed earthquakes while underground have described sounds as if a distant aircraft was passing by, as in becoming perceptibly louder, then fading away.
Can you feel a 2 earthquake?
Normally, earthquakes below magnitude 3 or so are rarely felt. However, smaller quakes from magnitude 2.0 can be felt by people if the quake is shallow (few kilometers only) and if people are very close to its epicenter and not disturbed by ambient factors such as noise, wind, vibrations of engines, traffic etc.