A massive 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Albania in the early hours of Tuesday, November 26, leaving at least six people dead and 150 wounded light, according to an initial assessment.

An Albanian seismologist, Rrapo Ormeni, told local television that it was the most powerful earthquake in the Durres region since 1926.

The quake was felt at 2:54 local time (1:54 GMT) and sparked scenes of panic in Tirana. The epicenter of this quake was in the Adriatic Sea, 34 km northwest of Tirana, at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center.

The authorities have mobilized about 300 soldiers to take part in relief operations in Durres and Thumane where, according to the Albanian Ministry of Defense, “there are people trapped under the ruins”.


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