Albania Earthquake Kills at Least 8


A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of Albania on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring 300 in one of the strongest tremors to hit Albania in decades, just two months after the country was struck by another strong quake.

The earthquake on Tuesday was recorded at 3:54 a.m. about 19 miles west of Tirana, the capital, which is home to nearly 900,000 people and where residents reported that they had felt the tremors.

President Ilir Meta called the situation “dramatic” as he visited Thumane, the town closest to the epicenter, where at least two people died. “We hope to overcome it with the least loss,” he wrote in a tweet that included pictures of him talking with locals and an army officer.

Video posted to social media in the aftermath showed damaged buildings.

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