Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes near Shijak, Albania -USGS

People stand next to a damaged hotel after an earthquake in Durres western Albania

People stand next to a damaged hotel after an earthquake in Durres western Albania

A strong quake shook Albania early Tuesday, killing at least six people, injuring 300 and collapsing buildings.

In neighbouring Kurbin a man in his fifties died after jumping from his building in panic.

One other particular person had been discovered useless in the identical constructing earlier within the morning, whereas two our bodies had been faraway from the rubble of a collapsed constructing in Thumane.

Others were killed in building collapses in the coastal city of Durres and in Thuman.

Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said some 300 injured people were treated in Durres, Tirana and Thumane.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was a magnitude 6.4 with an epicenter 30 kilometers northwest of the capital, Tirana.

"Search and rescue work continues at all sites where buildings have collapsed", Defense Minister Olta Xhacka said in a televised statement.

Photos on the scenes of worst injury confirmed buildings with giant cracks and fallen masonry, together with one house with most of a bed room wall lacking.

Marjana Gjoka, 48, was sleeping in her apartment on the fourth floor of a five-storey building in Thumane when the quake shattered the top of the building.

Hours later, a magnitude-5.2 quake shook parts of southern Bosnia, around 75 kilometers (45 miles) south the capital Sarajevo, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center.

Rama said nearby countries, including Italy and Greece, have been assisting Albania with the recovery operation, while other European leaders have also offered their assistance.

Several buildings not far from Durres collapsed and rescuers are still clearing away the debris. She added that while workers are trying to reach anyone who might be trapped by rubble, the work is slow-going, as many buildings are still at risk of collapsing.

The two say they "remain in touch with Albania's government to identify best ways we can help at this hard moment". It was said to be Albania's most powerful natural disaster in 30 years.

The tremors were felt across the Balkans, from Sarajevo in Bosnia to the Serbian city of Novi Sad nearly 700 kilometres away, according to reports in local media and on social networks.

He said: "I talked with my daughter and niece on the phone". They have been rescued with slight accidents and are being evacuated to Tirana, he mentioned.

The Balkans is in an area prone to seismic activity.

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