A rare earthquake struck central New Brunswick late Friday night, frightening residents but causing no reported damage.

Natural Resources Canada, which runs an earthquake information centre, says the epicentre was 39 kilometres northwest of Sussex, N.B., near Coles Island.

According to the centre's website, tremors from the quake could be felt in Cumberland Bay and Hunters Home, which are about one hour west of Moncton and one hour east of Fredericton.

The quake hit around 11:50 p.m. Friday night.

The earthquake centre says a tremor with a magnitude of less than 4.0 does not normally cause damage.

The last strong earthquake in Canada measured 6.5 and struck the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia on Nov. 17. There was also no reported damage in that incident.

Natural Resources Canada is asking people who felt the New Brunswick quake to report details on its website.

With files from The Canadian Press