A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has hit Albania, 34km (21 miles) north-west of the in the early hours of Tuesday causing damage along the country’s Adriatic coastline and in the capital, Tirana.
It was was the second powerful tremor to hit the region in two months. At least 13 people have died. More than 600 people have been treated in hospital. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote on Twitter: "We have victims. We are working to do everything possible in the affected areas."Some people were trapped. Schools in the country have been closed for the day, and flights from Tirana’s airport suspended because of damage to the building.The defence ministry spokeswoman confirmed firefighters and army staff were helping residents caught under the rubble in Durres. Emergency teams arrived from Kosovo, Italy, Greece and other neighbors. The European Union and the United States both offered immediate support.
There have been a number of aftershocks, including one of 5.3 magnitude. The Albanian president, Ilir Meta, said the situation in the town of Thumanë, closest to the epicentre, was very dramatic. Hours later, a separate earthquake struck the city of Mostar in Bosnia. Albania and the wider western Balkan region experiences regular seismic activity.