One dead as 6.4 magnitude quake hits west Albania


TIRANA: One person has died and more than 50 people have been injured after a powerful earthquake struck Albania on Tuesday.

As per the report, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit near the western coast of Albania this morning.

According to reports by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake was recorded at a depth of 20 kilometers, about six miles northwest of Shijak at 3:54 am (local time).

Shijak is located about 18 miles west of Tirana, a city of nearly 9,00,000 people.

As per the report, the earthquake has brought down several buildings and forced residents to flee in terror.

A spokeswoman for the defense ministry confirmed to Reuters that one person was killed after they panicked and jumped from a building in the northern town of Kurbin.

According to the report, hospitals in the capital are treating about 50 people.

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