Albania in shock after massive earthquake

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 and an aftershock only slightly weaker shook the Albanian port town of Durres on Saturday, rocking buildings there and in the capital Tirana.

Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said 68 people had been treated for injuries in Tirana and Durres. Most were hurt while dashing out of their homes in panic. No deaths have been reported so far.

The Defence Ministry said it was the most powerful quake in Albania in the last 30 years.

The tremor was also felt in neighboring Montenegro, Italy and North Macedonia, reports said.

The quake prompted Prime Minister Edi Rama to cancel a trip to the UN annual meeting in New York, the state news agency reported.

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Albania
 Locals stand at a safe area and watch the damage of the building of the University of Geology and Mine, after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit in Tirana, Albania. EPA-EFE/MALTON DIBRA

In the region of Tirana, 48 houses and three apartment buildings had suffered cracks, while in Durres region 42 houses and four apartment buildings were damaged, Defence Minister Olta Xhacka told a news conference.

The U.S. Geological Survey gave the quake an initial magnitude of 5.6, while the Albanian Geosciences Institute reported it as registering 5.8 with an aftershock 11 minutes later measuring 5.3.

 

 

Via Albania Daily News/ CNN/ Reuters

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