Natural Resources Canada says the 2.6 magnitude earthquake was lightly felt in Dartmouth at 8:38 p.m. The earthquake had a depth of two kilometres.

Halifax police say a minor earthquake appears to have caused a loud noise in a Dartmouth neighbourhood Sunday evening.

Emergency crews were called the Montebello-area around 8:40 p.m. after numerous people reported their homes shaking and an extremely loud noise sustained for several seconds.

"There was a loud explosion and myself and my brother-in-law ran downstairs, we thought our furnace blew up," said resident, Jim Northrup. "It shook the house that bad, and then we didn’t see anything. The house looked good, and we looked out and all our neighbours were out everywhere trying to figure out what it was."

Natural Resources Canada confirms a 2.6 magnitude earthquake was lightly felt in Dartmouth at 8:38 p.m.  The earthquake had a depth of two kilometers.

"An event this small isn’t usually felt by a lot of people unless it occurs in an urban area," said Seismic Analyst, Nick Ackerley.

"When the seismic waves from this event reached the surface, some of that vibration was converted into sound, and that's why the shaking and sound were felt at exactly the same time."

Police say there are no reports of any injuries or property damage.

Natural Resources Canada is currently collecting information from the public about the event.

Police say residents near Lake Mic Mac, Waverley Road, Montebello Drive and Caledonia Road reported the event.

With files from CTV Atlantic's Emily Baron Cadloff