11/08/2012 04:12 EST | Updated 01/08/2013 05:12 EST

Recent quakes off B.C. coast likely not connected

Scientists say the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck off the west coast of Vancouver Island Wednesday is likely not connected to the magnitude 7.7 quake a few weeks ago near Haida Gwaii.

The latest tremor occurred at 6:01 p.m. PT Wednesday. The epicentre was located about 182 kilometres southwest of Port Hardy and 16 kilometres deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"The fact that these two earthquakes occurred in totally different fault systems, that factor is generally considered sufficient to deem that they are independent," said Honn Kao, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada.

CBC meteorologist and seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe said the quake was felt by residents in the towns of Ucluelet and Tofino, on the island's west coast.

"We have had a report of some shaking, about 30 seconds long," Wagstaffe said. "And a report in Winter Harbour on the northern tip of Vancouver Island of some swaying for about 15 seconds."

The quake was felt at least as far away as Cowichan Bay, on the island's east coast, north of Victoria, where Catherine Hamilton said she got a bit of a shake.

"The canisters in my kitchen were rattling together. Then it stopped and repeated itself. My husband did not believe me," Hamilton said in an email to CBC News.

There were no reports of injuries or damage. A tsunami alert was not issued.

A much more powerful 7.7 quake struck off the coast of Haida Gwaii on Oct. 27, a few hundred kilometres north of Wednesday evening's tremor.

That earthquake caused some local minor damage in the Haida Gwaii island chain off the north coast of B.C., but no injuries.