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At least three dead in Albania in the worst earthquake in decades

November 26, 2019

TIRANA, Nov. 26 (Reuters / EP) –

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale has shaken the dawn of Tuesday the capital of Albania, Tirana, which has left at least three dead and has caused the collapse of several homes in what is already the worst recorded earthquake in decades

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which has reported that the earthquake has taken place shortly before 4.00 (local time), has indicated that it is the second major earthquake in recent months. Its epicenter is 30 kilometers from Tirana and has a depth of only 10 kilometers.

“Firefighters are helping residents who are under the rubble in Durres and in the nearby town of Thumane,” said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defense, who said one of the dead lost his life to panic and rush into the void from a window of the building where he was.

A man has explained to the News24 TV network that his daughter and niece were trapped after an apartment collapsed. “I was talking to them on the phone. They said they were fine and that they were waiting to be rescued. I couldn't talk to my wife,” he said.

Sources close to the Government have argued that the most affected area is that of the city of Durres, where several people have been transferred to a hospital.