Romania to send 52 rescuers to Albania to join rescue operation following strong earthquake

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Romania will send a rescue mission to Albania, where a a few earthquakes occurred since last night killing and injuring people.

According to the Head of the Emergency Service, a team of 52 rescuers will go to Albania by two aircraft provided by the Defence Ministry on Tuesday, to join the rescue missions on the scene, to look for potential victims under the debris.

The strongest earthquake in the past decades in Albania took place on Sunday night, 6.4 magnitude. At least 11 people died, and at least 180 are injured after several buildings collapsed. Others are caught under the rubble.

Other 15 small 3 magnitude quakes have occurred since Monday night to Tuesday morning in the same area.

The most affected is Durres, the second city in Albania. It is also the nearest locality to the seismic centre of the earthquakes in the past 9 hours.

The 6.4-magnitude quake struck shortly before 4am local time (0300 GMT) on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey reported, the second powerful tremor to hit the region in two months. It was centred 19 miles west of Tirana, at a shallow depth of 12.4 miles. Scores of aftershocks included three with preliminary magnitudes of between 5.1 and 5.4.

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