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Strong earthquake hits Albania, injuring at least 150

Residents gather outdoors in Tirana after two earthquakes above 6.3 magnitude struck the Adriatic coastline of Albania on November 26, 2019. - A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Albania early Tuesday, sparking panic in Tirana and the coastal city of Durres where a building collapsed, according to the Ministry of Defence. (Photo by Gent SHKULLAKU / AFP) (Photo by GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP via Getty Images)

TIRANA, Albania — A strong earthquake shook Albania early Tuesday, injuring at least 150 people and damaging buildings.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.4 quake was centered 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the capital, Tirana. It was at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles)

The quake was felt along the Albanian coast.

People reported seeing cracks in their apartment walls. People were seen leaving homes to go to open areas.

Local media reported that a restaurant was destroyed in western Durres, where army soldiers were helping people get out of a collapsed building.

At least three apartment buildings and the power distribution station were damaged in the northern commune of Thumane.

There were no immediate reports of any deaths.

An earthquake in September damaged hundreds of homes in Albania.

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