How far away an earthquake is felt is one of the several evaluations for determining an earthquake’s magnitude. The further away from the epicenter (where the quake actually takes place) you feel the earthquake, the more powerful it was. For example, an earthquake from 6.0 to 6.9 on the Richter scale (scale of earthquake magnitude) is felt up to 100 miles away from the epicenter.
I think it helps to consider it like the waves in a pond. Imagine you are standing in still water. You toss a small pebble in and the waves are very small and you have to be very close to feel them hit your body. If you toss a large boulder in, the waves are big and you can feel the waves hit your body from further away.
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