Powerful 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Albania, Kills Several People

A strong earthquake shook Albania early on Tuesday, killing at least three people, injuring 150 and collapsing buildings, officials said.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.4 quake was centered 30 kilometres (19 miles) northwest of the capital, Tirana. It was at a depth of 20 kilometres (12 miles)

The Defence Ministry said a person in Kurbin, 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Tirana, died after jumping from his home to escape shaking from the quake.

Another person was killed when a building collapsed in Durres, 33 kilometers (20 miles) west of Tirana, emergency officials said. Rescuers were working to take out other people from the building.

The quake was felt along the Albanian coast.

People reported seeing cracks in their apartment walls. People were seen leaving homes to go to open areas.

The quake was felt in other cities of Albania, particularly in the capital Tirana, and in neighboring countries of Northern Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

It also caused communication problems and power cuts in Albania.

The country’s Education Ministry said the schools were suspended for a while for security.

At least three apartment buildings and the power distribution station were damaged in the northern commune of Thumane.

An earthquake in September in roughly the same area damaged hundreds of homes.

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