**Updated** 3.8 magnitude earthquake strikes southern New Brunswick

A small town in southern New Brunswick has been hit by a minor earthquake that shook homes north of Saint John.

Federal officials say the 3.8-magnitude quake was recorded at 9:49 a.m., its epicentre in the community of Grand Bay-Westfield, about 25 kilometres north of Saint John.

Earthquakes Canada, a branch of the Natural Resources Department, says local residents have filed more than 240 online reports about the shaking.

Earlier in the day, the federal agency had said the epicentre was near the community of Evandale, which is 33 kilometres northeast of Grand Bay-Westfield.

Last April, 22 earthquakes were recorded in New Brunswick during a 30-day span, most of them felt near McAdam, on the western edge of the province.

In early 2016, a ``swarm'' of more than 100 earthquakes shook the McAdam area, but a reason was never found.