Man rescued in Albanian quake after 24hrs under rubble

Clay Curtis
November 28, 2019

In total, 43 people had been rescued from the rubble of buildings by Tuesday evening.

Rescuers search a collapsed building for survivors in Durres, Albania, on Wednesday. "I will never be able to live in my house any more".

Hundreds of aftershocks, some of them strong, followed the magnitude-6.4 quake that struck the country's coastal cities before dawn on Tuesday.

In total at least three hotels, a residential villa and an apartment building collapsed in Durres, and one apartment building in Thumane.

Prime Minister Edi Rama said during a visit to Durres: "We can not spend the winter under open skies or in tents". "I don't know what I did to make it out".

Prime Minister Edi Rama said "thousands of families" have suffered damage to their homes. Locals said they believed about six people might still be in the collapsed structure.

Albanian rescue efforts have been aided by more than 200 experts from across Europe, including Greece, Romania, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, France and Italy, in addition to around 300 Albanian soldiers and 1,900 local police officers.

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In Thumane, Kristina Margjini also spent the night outdoors.

"The quake left us without shelter", one survivor from Thumane told The Associated Press.

Emergency personnel stand on debris of collapsed and damaged buildings following Tuesday's powerful natural disaster in Thumane, Albania on November 27, 2019. Everything we have is destroyed: "The apartment, windows, everything, and we can not live there anymore", she said.

The director of the Athens Geodynamic Institute, Akis Tselentis, described the quake off Crete as "independent" of the one that struck Albania, adding that its relatively great depth - of around 70 kilometers - indicated that there would be no aftershocks. The quake off Crete caused minor damage to a school in Kissamos.

An aerial photo depicts a makeshift camp in Thumane, northwest of Albania's capital, Tirana.

There is as yet no indication of how many people might still be buried in the rubble, as neighbouring countries and European Union nations sent search-and-rescue crews to help. (Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty Images) People stand in front of a collapsed building in Durres.

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