Number of injured in the earthquake in Albania has increased to 52 people

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A double earthquake in Albania on Saturday led to injuries in 52 people, the portal Albanian Daily news reports citing doctors.

Previously reported 44 victims.

The first tremor was recorded at 04.04 UTC (04.17 Moscow time). The University of Athens Seismology Laboratory initially reported a magnitude of 5.6, then upgraded to 6.0. The epicenter was located six kilometers north of the city of Durres. The center of the earthquake lies at a depth of 10 kilometers.

A few minutes later, at 17.15 Moscow time, there was a shock of magnitude 5.3. Then followed three aftershocks of magnitude 3.1 to 4.

“At least 52 people were injured. Buildings in Tirana were shaking, bricks and parts of the walls fell on cars, houses in the coastal city of Durres were hit especially hard,” the portal writes.

Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said that all the victims were admitted for treatment to the trauma hospital in the capital of Albania and their life is not in danger.

Material damage is calculated.


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