SPOKANE, Wash. -

What started as chaos in the streets of Boston Thursday night turned to eerie quiet Friday as Bostonians were ordered to stay in their homes with mass transit shut down as police searched for the second marathon bombing suspect.

Among the million-plus Bostonians caught in the tension of the last 19 hours is Katharine McNaughten, a Mead High School graduate now living thousands of miles from home.

"I wasn't aware until very early this morning and my roommate came in in tears, saying there's a manhunt going on and the city is in lockdown. It was waking up into this surreal situation [that] was just terrible," she said.

McNaughten lives in East Boston, a few miles from the epicenter of the manhunt.

"When you walk around and you're doing your normal commute to work and armed guards are searching you before you get on the subway and there's armed guards everywhere you're going, it sets such a tone of being afraid everywhere you go," she said.

That tension spread to the Boston suburbs, where Spokane native Rihannon Ervin was staying abreast of the situation by watching the news coverage along with the rest of the nation.

"Everyone is still in such a state of shock, checking the news every ten minutes, wondering what happened and why it happened," Ervin said.

Ervin is a St. George's alum who went to Boston for grad school. She says she's never felt unsafe in her six years in Boston, but is second-guessing that safety in light of this week's events.

"Even if they do catch him tonight, I don't know how safe I feel going into the city,  everything has been breaking so fast, I don't know if you can be completely confident that there's not more than two people involved," she said.

These former Spokane residents were hunkered down until early Friday evening, when the second bombing suspect was captured. All those miles away they still feel the support from home.

"My mom told me about what everyone is doing in Spokane and I heard about the organization collecting shoes for the homeless. There's not much we can physically do in Boston, but the support all the way across the country, it's nice to know everyone is really there for us," Katharine McNaughten said.