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Updated: Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:26:33 GMT | By The Canadian Press, cbc.ca

Earthquake hits west of Vancouver Island

Earthquake hits west of Vancouver Island

Earthquakes Canada says a "moderate" quake has hit just west of Vancouver Island.

The agency says the 5.7 magnitude quake hit at about 6:20 a.m. local time.

It says the quake was lightly felt across northern Vancouver Island in Port Alice, Port McNeill, Tahsis, Sointula and Alert Bay — all located in the northern part of the island.

There are no reports of any damage or injuries. No tsunami is expected.

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.

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