POSTED: 08:36 a.m. HST, Aug 04, 2013
VANCOUVER, British Columbia >> A moderate earthquake struck off Canada's southern Pacific coast early today, rattling parts of Vancouver Island.
There were no reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami alert.
Earthquakes Canada said the 5.7-magnitude quake hit about 6:20 a.m. local time. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the same magnitude and said it struck about 96 miles south of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.
Earthquakes Canada said the quake was lightly felt across the northern part of the island.
Bonnie Overland, a resident of Port Alice on Vancouver Island, said she was awakened by the shaking but thought it was her dog scratching the bed.
"It lasted a few seconds and we absolutely felt it," she said.
John Cassidy, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, said quakes are common in the region as it is at a fault area where the Juan de Fuca Plate meets the Explorer Plate.