Quakes in Albania damage some homes, five reported injured


TIRANA (Reuters) – Six earthquakes in the space of two hours, the first with a magnitude of 5.3, shook south-eastern Albania on Saturday, injuring five people and causing damage to five houses, the Defense Ministry and local media reported.

Five people were hurt when a house collapsed, one local media outlet reported, while Albanian authorities said they were monitoring the situation after the quake and aftershocks.

“No extraordinary situation has been reported in any district of the country,” Albania’s Defense Ministry said.

The first earthquake had its epicenter 15 kms southeast of the town of Korce at a depth of 14 kms and was followed by another seven minutes later at a depth of 18 kms in an area bordering Greece and North Macedonia.

Lower intensity tremors continued in Korce and the southern area of Gjirokaster, on the border with northern Greece.

Reporting by Benet Koleka; Editing by Alexander Smith

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