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21 Sep 2019 | 05:16 PM UTC

Albania: 5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes near Tirana September 21

Albania News Alert

5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes near Tirana September 21; aftershocks possible over the coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Tirane). COUNTRY/REGION Durres, Tirana


A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit 5 km (3 mi) northwest of Durrës, near the capital Tirana, on Saturday, September 21. The quake struck at approximately 16:10 (local time) at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). According to local media reports, 49 people were being treated for injuries at Tirana's main hospital. One apartment building in Durrës reportedly sustained significant structural damage.

Aftershocks are possible in the region over the coming hours.


Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation, prepare for aftershocks, and anticipate localized infrastructure damage and transportation disruptions.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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