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Strong earthquake hits Albania

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 21, 2019
A strong earthquake hit Albania on Saturday afternoon, forcing residents into the street in several cities.
Albania earthquake
Europe   There are no deaths
It was triggering power cuts in the capital and the collapse of some buildings in a nearby village.

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"There are no deaths," Albania's defence ministry spokeswoman Albana Qajaj said.

"Some 20 people went to the hospital for light injuries caused by (falling) objects or parts of walls as well as for panic attacks," she told AFP.

She added that houses and buildings in Tirana had been damaged but were still standing and that the ministry was accessing damage in other towns and villages.

Albania's defence ministry said it was "the strongest earthquake in the country in last 20 to 30 years".

The epicentre of the quake, with a magnitude of 5.6 and a depth of 10km, was located near Durres, less than 40km west of the capital Tirana, according to the US Geological Survey.