Two earthquakes rock Albania, also felt in the region

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times August 11, 2018 20:24

Two earthquakes rock Albania, also felt in the region

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  • The ministry reported 67 damaged buildings in the towns of Klos, Mat and Bulqize, but over 200 damaged buildings were actually reported in the Diber district from journalists and residents alike. Most of them suffered cracked walls and ceilings, while several were left completely uninhabitable. There were no human injuries.

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TIRANA, Aug. 11 – Two 5,1 and 5,4 magnitude earthquakes of the Richter scale hit Albania on Saturday, damaging a big number of buildings but causing no victims. 

The Ministry of Defense reported the stronger quake hit at around 5.30 p.m. and had a depth of five kilometers, with an epicenter near the village of Vinjoll of the Mat district, 120 km north of Tirana.

The Institute of Geosciences, Energy, Water and Environment reported the other quake occurred at 5.38 p.m., around 40 km north of Tirana, with an epicenter near the town of Bulqize.

The strong quakes were felt in about five different cities of the country, but also in neighboring Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Bosnia due to the earthquake’s depth, while it was followed by 15 aftershocks.  

The ministry reported 67 damaged buildings in the towns of Klos, Mat and Bulqize, but over 200 damaged buildings were actually reported in the Diber district from journalists and residents alike. Most of them suffered cracked walls and ceilings, while several were left completely uninhabitable. There were no human injuries.

The ministry added that authorities are coordinating work to assist the population.

Local media also reported that on a road in northeastern Valbone-Bajram Curri a massive rock fell due to the quake and hit a passing vehicle, injuring two people, but this has not been confirmed by authorities.

Saturday’s earthquake is similar to that of July 4, whose epicenter was in the Hamallaj and Lalz Bay area, 31 km Northwest of Tirana, and which caused panic, especially in the capital, where many residents left their houses and offices and spent a long time in open spaces.  

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times August 11, 2018 20:24