MONTREAL – A moderate earthquake shook Quebec early Sunday, jolting some people awake.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages, authorities said.

The 1:17 a.m. 5.4-magnitude temblor was centered near Riviere-du-Loup, 250 miles northeast of Montreal, according to Sylvia Hayek of the Department of Natural Resources.

That’s about 45 miles northwest of Dickey, Maine.

The quake was felt in Montreal and Boston, 375 miles south of the epicenter, and the federal capital of Ottawa, 310 miles west of Riviere-du-Loup, near the St. Lawrence River.

Police in Lewiston and Auburn, Maine, said they had no calls regarding it, but police in Madawaska likened the impact to a slight shake.

Hayek said quakes are common in Quebec’s Charlevoix area, but most are too small to be felt.

The same is true in Maine. The greatest temblor to hit Maine was a magnitude 5.1 or intensity 7 earthquake that rumbled through Downeast Maine and the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on March 21, 1904.

An Aug. 20, 1918, quake damaged chimneys in South Paris and Norway and shocked Lewiston as well, according to U.S. Geological Survey reports.

An April 1957 earthquake centered about 20 miles offshore cracked walls and shattered some windows in Portland and Westbrook.


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