(PM) – A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck about 10 kilometers north of Durrës, Albania. This earthquake is one of the strongest recorded in the country.
Multiple buildings have collapsed in Tirana, the capital city with a population of nearly 900,000, from the earthquake. The heaviest damage to buildings occurred in Durrës, which has a population of 290,000.
According to Albanian government officials, multiple people were injured and taken to the hospital. A hospital in Tirana reports that at least 50 people are injured from the earthquake.
The earthquake hit at around 3:55 A.M. local time on Tuesday. Shaking was felt as far as Montenegro and Kosovo. It had a shallow depth of 10 kilometers. A magnitude 5.3 earthquake aftershock was felt in the area just nine minutes after the first tremors.
According to USGS computer models, up to 1.1 million people may have felt ‘strong’ to ‘very strong’ shaking.