The city of Portage, in northwestern Canada, was rocked by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake early Saturday, a large quake that rattled the downtown core.
The quake struck at about 1:40 a.m. local time (1440 GMT) near the city’s downtown, said Cpl.
Jason Gaudet, a spokesman for the Portage Regional Police Service.
The force tweeted that a “significant number of structures” were damaged and a small number of buildings were damaged.
It said it was still investigating whether any structures were struck by the quake.
The Canadian province of Quebec reported that its quake department was on the scene in Portage.
The country’s National Earthquake Information Centre said there was a minor tremor about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) to 1.5 kilometers (0,8 miles) away from the quake and that it was felt across the country.
A large number of residents were in shelters, Gaudett said.
A small number were taken to a nearby hospital.
It was not immediately clear what caused the quake, though it could have been caused by natural phenomena or caused by people using the nearby bridges to enter the city.
The area has a population of about 1.2 million people, according to a 2011 census.