The 6.4-magnitude quake struck near Tirana, the capital on November 26, 2019 at 2:54 (UTC).
At least 13 deaths were reported after several buildings collapsed.
At least thirteen people have been killed and 600 others wounded after a strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Albania on Tuesday.
UPDATE: The death toll from the 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Albania has risen to 6 people.— Bloomberg TicToc (@TicToc) November 26, 2019
Some 300 injured are being treated with more arriving, says Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu pic.twitter.com/dItQCgFhGN
The U.S. Geological Survey said the M6.4 quake was centered 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the capital, Tirana at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles).
This is the strongest quake in decades and was reported over 1000 times on the USGS homepage.
Strong aftershocks are currently rattling the region and people were asked to stay out of their homes in the most affected areas.
As the quake hit, people have been seen running into the streets in fear. Many report seeing cracks in their houses.
As reported by AP, a man died in the town of Kurbin after jumping from his home to escape the shaking, a man and a woman were killed in a building collapse in Thumane, and another person died when a building collapsed in Durres.
Minister of Health Ogerta Manastirliu confirmed earlier in the morning that at least 140 people had been injured.
LIVE from Albania where a 6.4 magnitude earthquake has hit the coastal city of Durres. https://t.co/zWB8eKUd3g— euronews (@euronews) November 26, 2019
A restaurant was destroyed in western Durres while at least three apartment buildings and the power distribution station were damaged in Thumane.
Schools have been closed in three cities – Durres, Lezhe and Tirana – until further notice.
Buildings have fallen down…— A_tiny dreamer in wonderland~🌸 (@miniSANshine) November 26, 2019
People are stuck under them…
This is devastating and terrifying..
Pray for our family and friends back in Albania
Stay safe, be strong
If you can, don’t hesitate to help others
If you are in danger, dial the emergency number🙏 🇦🇱 #Prayforalbania pic.twitter.com/IrjQtVYeu4