Strong earthquake hits Albania and Macedonia

A strong earthquake, 6.0 on the Richter scale and 5.4 on the Richter scale, according to separate media reports, struck Albania and Macedonia at 11.49pm local time, 0.49am on September 7 Bulgarian time, Focus news agency has reported.

Seismologist reports have pinpointed the tremor’s epicentre near the town of Bulqize, Albania, close to the Macedonian border.

The earthquake, which was followed by as many as 58 aftershocks, was felt in Tirana, as well as Macedonia, but it was not felt in Greece.

According to the latest reports from Albanian media, there are no reported casualties, although some villages along the border with
Macedonia had told of scores of houses damaged or destroyed. However, Albanian authorities have not officially disclosed any exact figures or further details assessing the scale of the damages from the earthquake.