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Albania Jolted by Strong Earthquake, Dozens Injured

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake has shaken central Albania, injuring dozens of people and damaging buildings.

The government said it was the most powerful quake to hit the Balkan country in nearly 30 years.

The earthquake struck west of the capital, Tirana, just after 4 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) on Saturday. According to the US Geological Survey, its epicenter was near the coastal city of Durres and about 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep.

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.

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 jolt, which triggered power cuts in Tirana and caused buildings to collapse in some towns, was followed by a strong aftershock.

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