A double earthquake stroke Albania on Saturday afternoon, caused panic among the locals and was felt also in Central and South Italy.
The second occurred 11 minutes later, with 5.3R. This tremor was weaker than the first but increased the panic among the locals. Two more tremors with the strongest 4.4 R occured until 8 o’ clock in the evening.
It is not clear whether there are fatalities. Until late in the evening residents of Tirana and surrounding areas remained in the streets fearing more tremors.
The tremors caused immense material damage with reports that 10 buildings were collapsed in a village near Tirana. In Tirana many buildings were cracked.
The quake was felt at a radius of at least 250 kilometers and was “the strongest of the last 20-30 years in Albania”, according to the defense ministry. Both earthquakes were felt also in Central-South Italy like in Lecce and Bari.