September 22 – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 the Albanian port town of Durres on Saturday, rocking buildings there and in the capital Tirana and sending residents rushing into the streets and parks for safety.

The Defense Ministry said it was the most powerful quake in Albania in the last 30 years.

“All our neighbors came out screaming. Thank God it did not last long – about 20 seconds. It was a nightmare on the 10th floor. I don’t remember a more powerful one than this,” a pensioner in Tirana called Agim, 67, local media quoted a survivor as saying.

Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said 68 people had been treated for injuries in Tirana and Durres. Most were hurt while dashing out of their homes in panic.

Many of them have been discharged after treatment, she said.

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