Search ends for survivors of Albanian earthquake as death toll reaches 51

epa08030859 A picture taken with a drone shows a damaged building after an earthquake hit Durres, Albania, 28 November 2019. Albania was hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on 26 November 2019, leaving at least 41 people dead and dozens injured. EPA-EFE/ERMAL META

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Albania ended its search on Saturday for survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed 51 people, and buried more victims of the disaster including toddler twins and their mother.

The 6.4-magnitude quake, the country’s worst ever earthquake, struck on Tuesday, centred 30 km west of the capital Tirana. It was felt across the Balkans and in the southern Italian region of Puglia, on the other side of the Adriatic Sea from Albania.

There have been hundreds of aftershocks, some with a magnitude of more than 5.0, rocking already damaged buildings and terrifying residents.

The 51th victim was a 20-year-old woman who died on Saturday. She had been struck on the head by falling bricks in a western district of Tirana, making her the only victim in the capital.

Most of the others were in Durres, Albania’s second-biggest city and main port, and the nearby town of Thumane.

Via Reuters/Euronews

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