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Did you feel this morning's earthquake?

The 3.6 magnitude woke up several people in Richmond, but was mainly felt on Vancouver Island

Did you feel the earth move in the early hours of this morning?

According to the USGS (United States Geological Survey), there was a 3.6 magnitude earthquake at 4:13 a.m. under the Gulf Islands.

There are several reports on social media of people “feeling tremors” for about 15 to 20 seconds and one man talked about a “kick on the back of his chair,” which caused his headphones to fall off.

A few people in Richmond, and even in east Vancouver, also commented on social media about being woken up “by a jolt.”

Richmondite Nancy Gu said on WeChat that she "felt her bed shake a bit around 4:10 a.m. this morning," waking her up right away.

Gu, who never felt an earthquake before, couldn't get back to sleep and began searching for news online. 

The USGS has listed on its earthquake website a total of 557 reports from people of feeling the quake, mainly on Vancouver Island, but some in the Lower Mainland.

It was recorded at a depth of about 17 kilometres and struck underneath Salt Spring Island, near the small community of Ganges.

There have been no reports of injuries or any damage.

-With files from Nono Shen/Richmond News