gatineau, quebec

A small earthquake shook the ground in the Ottawa region Sunday afternoon.

Earthquakes Canada said the 4.1 magnitude quake was centred near Gatineau, Que.

The tremor, which hit at 3:19 p.m. local time and was felt by some residents in Ottawa, caused no damage and nobody was hurt, the agency's website said.

Last month, an earthquake centred in Virginia was felt hundreds of kilometres north in eastern Canada.

magnitude 5.0 earthquake that struck western Quebec and rattled the national capital region in 2010 led the City of Ottawa to change its policies on how people should respond should another quake strike.

The Val-Des-Bois quake, centred about 60 km north of Ottawa, shattered windows and shook buildings, knocking down a brick chimney in at least one building. Outside the city, the damage was more extensive, damaging a church in Gracefield, Que., and collapsing a section of Highway 307 near Bowman, Que.


(With files from The Canadian Press)