updated 3/6/2005 6:24:54 AM ET 2005-03-06T11:24:54

A moderate earthquake shook Quebec early Sunday, jolting some people awake. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages, authorities said.

The epicenter of the 5.4-magnitude temblor was near Riviere-du-Loup, 250 miles northeast of Montreal, according to Sylvia Hayek of the Department of Natural Resources.

The quake, registered at 1:17 a.m. EST, 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.

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

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