6.4-Magnitude Earthquake Kills 11, Injures 325 in Albania


Eleven people have been killed, several more are missing, and hundreds have been injured following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Albania on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

The earthquake shook the European nation at a depth of 12 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The epicenter was in the port city of Durres, located 13 miles from the capital, Tirana. Videos posted on social media showed several buildings collapsing because of the quake.

Four of the victims died in Durres, according to a spokesperson for the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. Two more victims died in Thumane. One person died after jumping from a building in a panic, and another victim died while driving in Lezhe.

Earlier, the health ministry confirmed that a minimum of 325 people were injured by the devastating earthquake. The Prime Minister’s office states that several people are still missing.

According to Rama, nearby countries, including Greece and Italy, have been helping Albania with the recovery operation, while other European leaders are offering their support and assistance.

Schools have been closed in Durres, Lezhe, and Tirana, until further notice.

By Jeanette Vietti


CNN: At least 11 killed, 325 injured, as 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Albania

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