Powerful quake kills 21 in Albania as buildings bury residents

A boy cries inside a tent in a makeshift camp in Thumane, after an earthquake shook Albania November 26, 2019. — Reuters pic

TIRANA, Nov 27 — At least 21 people were killed when the most powerful earthquake to strike Albania in decades shook the capital Tirana and the country’s west and north yesterday, tearing down buildings and burying residents under rubble.

Residents, some carrying babies, fled apartment buildings in Tirana and the western port of Durres after the 6.4 magnitude quake struck shortly before 4am (0300 GMT).

The Balkan country was jolted by 250 aftershocks after the main tremor, Defence Minister Olta Xhacka said, two of them of magnitude 5, testing strained nerves.

She told reporters that the quake’s epicentre was in Durres, Albania’s main port and a tourist spot, adding: “Around 600 residents were injured and received treatment.”

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