Albania was struck early Tuesday by its strongest earthquake in decades, which killed at the very least 16 folks and injured more than 600, in accordance with the Associated Press, whereas setting off a race to search out victims buried beneath the rubble.
The 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck in the midst of the night time and introduced a number of buildings tumbling down on this coastal metropolis. Barely farther from the epicenter, within the capital of Tirana, the quake opened cracks in residences and induced alarmed folks to flee into the streets after the shaking.
The AP, citing Albania’s Defense Ministry, stated seven bodies had been pulled from the rubble in Durrës and that 5 others died in a collapsed residence within the hard-hit city of Thumanë. In one other city, one individual died after leaping from his house in an try to flee.