No Pinoy hurt in Albania quake - DFA


Posted at Nov 28 2019 05:11 AM

Emergency personnel stand on debris of collapsed and damaged buildings following Tuesday's powerful earthquake in Thumane, Albania on Nov. 27, 2019. Florion Goga, Reuters

MANILA—No Filipino was hurt in a powerful quake that rocked Albania on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through its Philippine Honorary Consulate in Tirana, reports that no Filipino died or was injured as a result of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Albania early morning of Tuesday, 26 November 2019," the agency said in a statement.

"The Philippine Embassy in Rome, which has jurisdiction over Albania, is in constant communication with the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Tirana and the Filipino community leaders in Albania to gather the latest developments on the incident," DFA added.

At least 21 people were killed the earthquake.

In Durres, 13 bodies were pulled from collapsed buildings and 45 people were rescued from the wreckage there and in Thumane.

The quake was centered 30 km west of Tirana, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, and was also felt across the Balkans and in the southern Italian region of Puglia, across the Adriatic Sea from Albania.

Located along the Adriatic and Ionian seas, between Greece and Macedonia, Albania experiences regular seismic activity.—With a report from Reuters