Strong earthquake hits Albania, damage reported

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 22 2019 01:06 AM

Destroyed cars stand next to a damaged building after an earthquake hit Tirana, Albania, Saturday. Florion Goga, Reuters

TIRANA, Albania - A strong earthquake hit Albania Saturday afternoon, forcing residents into the street in several cities, causing power cuts in the capital and collapsing some buildings in a nearby village.

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

According to early media reports, at least two people were lightly injured and a dozen houses collapsed in the village of Helmes some 10 kilometres from Tirana.

Windows broke and fissures appeared on buildings in Durres, as well as in the capital, local media reported.

Electricity and telephone lines were cut off in Tirana and a number of other towns and villages, media reports said.