Albania struck by deadly earthquake

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 POTENZA – An earthquake in Albania has killed at least 13 people and wounded at least 600, authorities reported.

 The quake, near the coastal city of Durres and only 34 kilometres from the capital, Tirana, struck at 3.54 a.m.  The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) recorded its magnitude as 6.5, with a focus 10 kilometres deep.  The quake was felt in Basilicata and Puglia.

 Searches continue for those who may be trapped under rubble.  Albanian state media reported that of over 600 people have been treated in hospital, including more than 300 in Tirana and Durres. 

 Italy is sending rescue teams including firemen and medical staff, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.

 The Sant'Egidio charity issued a statement to express its support for the people affected in Albania.