6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shook Albania; 18 Dead, 325 Injured

At least 18 people have been killed, several more are missing and hundreds have been injured after an earthquake struck Albania on Tuesday.

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The quake, which had a preliminary rating of 6.4 magnitude, hit the European nation at an approximate depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles) early Tuesday local time, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s office revised the death toll upwards several times on Tuesday. At least four victims died in Durres, a spokesperson for Rama said. Another two died in Thumane, one person died after jumping from a building in panic in Kurbin, and one victim died while driving on a badly damaged road in Lezhe, the spokesperson added.

The health ministry had earlier confirmed that at least 325 people were injured in the quake, and the Prime Minister’s office has said that several people are still missing.

Nearby Bosnia and Herzegovina was also struck by an earthquake on Tuesday morning, the country’s interior ministry said. That quake had a 5.4 magnitude rating.

Rama said nearby countries, including Italy and Greece, have been assisting Albania with the recovery operation, while other European leaders have also offered their assistance.

Schools were closed in three cities — Durres, Lezhe and Tirana — after the quake.

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