Why did the earthquake make some feel nauseous?

As the 5.8-magnitude earthquake, centered in Mineral, Va. struck, many people, including some on Long Island, started to feel nauseous.

Doctors say that people prone to motion sickness were more likely to have felt nauseous.

"The reason for the effect is the balance center in the middle ear," said Dr. Lester Kallum of Stony Brook University Medical Center. "The balance center tells you which way is down based on gravity. If there's a lot of shaking, some people will be very sensitive to that shaking and will get dizziness or vertigo as a result."

While the symptoms will subside for most, Dr. Kallum says if symptoms persist, to go see a doctor.

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