A magnitude 7.7 earthquake rattled British Columbia's coast Saturday night.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, the biggest of its kind in Canada, hit the Queen Charlotte Islands just after 8 p.m. (PDT) lat a depth of about 5 km and was centred 155 km south of Masset, B.C.
It was one of the biggest earthquakes around Canada in decades and was felt across a wide area around the province.
The quake sparked a tsunami warning for parts of the province's coastline but was later cancelled.
Loni Martin, who works at Prince Rupert's Moby Dick Inn, was shocked when the hotel began to shake unexpectedly.
"I'm freaking out," she said. "I was sitting at the front desk and all of a sudden it just started shaking. I thought there was a truck going by outside and there was no truck. And I looked up and the water in the fish tanks was shaking quite a bit. I didn't really know what to think ... I just want to go home."
Martin said hotel patrons reported beds and lamps shaking in their rooms during the quake.
Cpt. Hugh Kennedy with the Canadian Coast Guard's Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Victoria said a tsunami warning was in effect immediately for an area stretching from the north coast of Vancouver Island to Alaska.
- with files from Kevin Maimann, Reuters