Albania Breaking News
At least 13 people were killed when the most powerful earthquake in decades shook the capital Tirana and the Albania’s west and north on Tuesday, tearing down buildings and burying residents under rubble.
Albania: Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Tirana https://t.co/gIGxcAbXB8
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Albania is a country in Southeast Europe on the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea within the Mediterranean Sea.
Early Tuesday, a magnitude-6.4 earthquake shook Albania, causing damage in the area centered about 20 miles from the capital Tirana, leaving people dead and injured. The earthquake, at a depth of 6.2 miles, was felt along the Albanian coast.
“Firefighters and army staff are helping residents under the rubble”, the official said.
Trigger Warning: Small boy stuck in #earthquake rubbles in Albania. At least 8 killed and over 350 injured so far. Many people still trapped under the collapsed buildings 💔😢#PrayForAlbania 🙏 pic.twitter.com/gjDvxuvUp9
— Team Albanians (@TeamAlbanians) November 26, 2019
According to an Interior Ministry spokesman, one person died when he jumped out of a window during the disaster and another died in a building collapse.
People reported seeing cracks in their apartment walls and were seen leaving homes to go to open areas.
Neighboring Kosovo was sending an emergency team to help with rescue efforts, while the European Union and the United States both offered immediately have offered immediate support. By late morning, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Turkey, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia were sending rescue assistance. About 400 soldiers were arranging tents in two towns to shelter the victims.
Meanwhile, President Ilir Meta told journalists from Thumane, 22 miles north of Tirana, “the situation is very dramatic. All efforts are being done to take the people out of the ruins”.
Prime Minister Edi Rama said all government agencies were “intensively working to save lives at the fatal spots in Durres and Thumane”.
Albania Earthquake Deaths, Injuries, and Losses
Albania earthquake, which has killed at least 14 people and injured at least 600 people, is the strongest earthquake to hit the Balkan nation in the last 10 years.
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A man fo 50 years was killed while jumping out of a building, according to officials. Others were killed in building collapses in the coastal city of Durres and in Thuman. One of those killed was an elderly woman who saved her grandson by cradling him with her body, emergency workers told local media.
Local media reported a restaurant was destroyed in western Durres.
National police warned people in affected areas to avoid driving so emergency services could reach victims, but also to stay out of buildings for fear of further collapses in aftershocks.
The latest quake was reportedly also felt in the southern Italian regions of Puglia and Basilicata.
Facts You Need To Know
- A September earthquake damaged hundreds of homes
- Tuesday’s quake was the second to hit the country in two months and was felt along the Adriatic coast
- A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Albania, one of the poorest countries in Europe, in September, damaging about 500 houses and destroying others.
- In 1979 the region was hit by a magnitude-6.9 earthquake, causing damage along the southern Adriatic coast of then-Yugoslavia. There was widespread damage to buildings and more than 100 people died, but the most consequences were mainly restricted to modern-day Montenegro