A few hours after the Albanian quake, Bosnia is struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 magnitude
Bosnia was hit today by an earthquake with a force of 5.2, a few hours after Albania was rocked by an even stronger earthquake that killed at least seven people.
Scientists said this morning's earthquake had plagued Bosnia with an epicenter about 80 miles south of the capital Sarajevo.
There were no immediate reports of injuries, but experts from a French seismological institute said there were 20 million people living in the area where the earthquake was felt.
The earthquake in Bosnia was too large to be an aftershock of the 6.4 magnitude tremor in Albania, but may have been caused by the Euro-Mediterranean seismological center.
The Albanian earthquake previously destroyed buildings and left people trapped in rubble in a quake felt in Southeastern Europe – including in Bosnia.
The earthquake struck near the capital Tirana at 3.54 am and caused serious damage to the coastal town of Durres and the nearby town of Thumane.
A man in his fifties died after jumping from a collapsing building in Kurbin, while the bodies of a man and a woman were removed from rubble in Thumane and a fourth body was found in Durres. In total there are at least seven deaths and 300 people have been treated for injuries.
Wreck: Emergency workers work this morning on the site of a damaged building in Thumane after an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale, in which several people were killed and dozens injured
Rescuers climb over the rubble of a damaged building in Thumane after an earthquake that killed at least six
Caught: a car sits this morning under the wreck of a collapsed building in the coastal town of Durres in Albania
A woman is carried by aid workers who responded to the earthquake damage in Thumane on Tuesday morning
People inspect the damage to a three-story building in Durres after dawn broke out this morning with serious damage in Albania
Rescuers on the scene of a collapsed building in Durres where a Mercedes was trapped under the rubble
A counselor tries to calm a crying woman while her family members are trapped in a building after an earthquake hit Thumane
This morning, Albanian President Ilir Meta said that the & # 39; situation is very dramatic & # 39; and promised that & # 39; all efforts are being made to get people out of the ruins & # 39 ;.
Rescuers told the local media that one of the dead was an older woman who had managed to save her grandson by rocking him with her body.
Witnesses said at least one hotel, the four-story Mira Mare in Durres, was destroyed, while another building in the city center was badly damaged.
& # 39; Firefighters and army personnel help residents (trapped) under the rubble & # 39 ;, in Durres and near Thumane, a defense ministry spokeswoman told reporters.
In Thumane Marjana Gjoka, 48, she slept in her fourth-floor apartment in a five-story building when the earthquake shattered the top two floors.
& # 39; The roof fell on our head and I don't know how we escaped. God helped us & # 39 ;, said Gjoka, whose three-year-old niece was among four people in the apartment when the earthquake struck.
The quakes were felt over hundreds of miles, causing residents to rush out of buildings with some babies in their arms, witnesses said.
Photos on the scenes of the worst damage showed buildings with large cracks and fallen brickwork, including an apartment with most of a bedroom wall.
The Ministry of the Interior has also asked people to prevent them from driving in the affected areas to allow emergency services to work freely. The power went out in different neighborhoods.
Three hours after the main quake, a strong aftershock shook the city, known for its colorful mix of architecture from the Ottoman, fascist and Soviet past.
The US Geological Survey warned that an earthquake of that magnitude could cause major damage and casualties.
There is an excavator to clear the debris from a damaged building in Thumane as the dawn breaks in Albania today
An Albanian resident wearing a jacket takes a picture of a building that was severely damaged by the earthquake this morning
Spectators stand this morning at a damaged building in Durres where today people are rescued from the rubble
A map showing the location of the earthquake north of Durres, on the west coast of Albania
Military personnel and the local population remove debris from damaged buildings after the Thumane earthquake
Online images showed the wreck of the Mira Mare hotel, a four-story building in Durres that was completely destroyed
The Turkish ambassador to Albania said a group of about 20 Turkish nationals were rescued from a hotel damaged during the earthquake. They were rescued with minor injuries and evacuated to Tirana, he said.
Prime Minister Edi Rama said this morning that all government agencies are working intensively to save lives in the fatal places in Durres and Thumane.
& # 39; It is a dramatic moment when we need to keep calm, stay side by side to cope with this shock & # 39 ;, Rama wrote on his Facebook page.
President Meta also called on the cabinet to request international aid and called for solidarity with the people affected.
The quake was felt across the Balkans, from Sarajevo to Bosnia and even in the Serbian city of Novi Sad, according to reports.
Many reports of trembling came from the Macedonian capital Skopje. A local resident, Eva Ellereit, tweeted: & # 39; Nothing like waking up with your whole bedroom shaking in the middle of the night # earthquake. & # 39;
Several smaller vibrations were recorded in the hour before the main quake, which was also felt across the Balkans and in the southern Italian region of Puglia.
In September an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 injured at least 70 people in almost the same place and injured around 500 buildings. An 6.4 magnitude earthquake would be about 16 times stronger than that, experts said.
According to computer predictions from the USGS, about 8,000 people would be & # 39; violent & # 39; felt in the earthquake of today, and in total nearly 12 million people would have felt it in countries like Greece, Montenegro, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia.
An approximately 5.4-size after-shock shook the area minutes after the main vibrations, and small earthquakes kept the region rattling through the early hours.
Rescuers climb on a pile of debris as they search for survivors and begin to clear up the earthquake damage
People are standing near a damaged building after an earthquake felt over hundreds of miles of Eastern Europe
An enlarged view of a part of a destroyed building in Thumane that only has a door and some brickwork left
Emergency services and a crane on the site of a destroyed building in Thumane where there was significant damage
Residents gather outside in Tirana after the earthquake. Some residents were sent into the street in a panic
Residents gather outside in Tirana after the quakes in the Albanian capital in the early hours of this morning
Reports of violent shaking came from all over the region, including the capital cities of Tirana in Albania and Skopje in Macedonia
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