Published: Sun, September 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Quake in Albania injured 68 - Defence Ministry

Quake in Albania injured 68 - Defence Ministry

The epicenter of Saturday's quake, with a depth of 10 kilometers, some six miles, was located near the port city of Durres, west of the capital Tirana. Residents in Tirana ran out of buildings onto the streets and into parks for safety.

Media report that at least 68 people have been injured, no deaths have been reported.

Two strong earthquakes hit the county of Durres in Albania, on 21 September 2019 at 14:04 UTC and at 14:15 UTC.

One apartment building in Durres was heavily damaged, with a crack running down it from the sixth floor all the way to the ground. It also damaged about 600 homes and knocked out power and water facilities in Tirana, Durres and some other western and central districts.

Authorities say the Saturday afternoon quake was followed by more than 100 aftershocks.

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Damaged cars outside the Faculty of Geology building after an quake in Tirana, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Some of the cars were destroyed by falling debris.

"I fear to return because such a strong natural disaster could be followed with others", said Drita Lohja, a resident in her 50s.

The main quake occurred at around 4 p.m. and was felt in neighboring Montenegro and Italy, but also on the Greek island of Corfu.

Prime Minister Edi Rama canceled a trip to the United Nations annual meeting and returned to Albania to deal with the aftermath of the disaster. Some Tirana residents were kept out of damaged homes deemed unsafe.

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