A 6.four magnitude earthquake has hit Albania, bringing down buildings and leaving folks trapped underneath rubble.
Not less than six folks have died. One man died after leaping from a window in panic, a defence ministry spokeswoman confirmed.
The quake hit 34 km (21 miles) northwest of the capital, Tirana, within the early hours of Tuesday morning.
It was felt throughout the area, in Italy and within the Serbian metropolis of Novi Unhappy, virtually 700 km away.
Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote on Twitter: “We’ve got victims. We’re working to do every little thing potential within the affected areas.”
An Albanian authorities spokesperson says greater than 300 folks have acquired medical assist in Tirana and Durres. Colleges can be closed for the day.
Emergency staff informed Albanian media that one of many useless was an aged girl who had managed to avoid wasting her grandson by cradling him along with her physique.
A defence ministry spokeswoman confirmed firefighters and armed forces employees had been serving to residents caught underneath the rubble within the coastal metropolis of Durres, the place three had been killed.
Two of those that died had been within the city of Thumane, 40km to the north west of Tirana and near the epicentre of the earthquake. There have been fears that extra folks had been trapped underneath rubble.
The person who died when leaping from a balcony was killed additional north in Kurbin.
A person in Durres informed native information channel Information24 that his daughter and niece had been amongst these trapped inside a collapsed condo constructing.
“I talked with my daughter and niece on the cellphone. They stated they’re properly and ready for the rescue. Couldn’t speak to my spouse. There are different households, however I couldn’t speak to them.”
Rescuers within the metropolis had been seen attempting to free a younger boy trapped within the rubble.
There have been a variety of aftershocks, together with one in every of 5.three magnitude, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre stated. The Balkans is in an space vulnerable to seismic exercise.
Tuesday’s earthquake has been described by authorities because the strongest to hit Albania in 20-30 years.
In 1979, a magnitude 6.9 quake hit Albania leaving 136 useless and a couple of thousand injured.
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