At Least 13 Killed as 6.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Albania

Several buildings have collapsed as a result of the Albanian quake. Photo: https://twitter.com/himat35261317

A strong, 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Western Albania in the early hours of Tuesday, killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens more.

The quake struck at 03:53 local time near the port city of Durres (Dyrrachium) only 13 miles from the capital city, Tirana.

Footage on social media shows several buildings, including entire tower blocks, having collapsed.

Media reports suggest that 13 people died and 340 have been injured so far, but these numbers are expected to rise.

Greece immediately expressed its sympathy and support to the neighboring nation, with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias saying that the Greek people support both the government and the Albanian people.