Video footage from Thumane, a village 40km (24 miles) to the north-west of Tirana, shows emergency workers at the scene of a collapsed building.

The bodies of a man and a woman were removed from the rubble of a building.

There have been a number of aftershocks, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre says.

Soldiers carry a dead body pulled out from earthquake debris in Durres. Credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty

Soldiers carry a dead body pulled out from earthquake debris in Durres. Credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty

The death toll from Albania’s most powerful earthquake in decades has risen to 22.

The 6.4 magnitude quake shook the country’s capital Tirana and the country’s western port of Durres in the early hours of Tuesday morning, tearing down buildings and burying residents under rubble.

About 600 people were treated for injuries there, according to Albania’s Defence Minister, Olta Xhacka, with thousands now camped in the city’s football stadium.

A woman in Durres after the earthquake. Credit: Reuters

A woman in Durres after the earthquake. Credit: Reuters

Xhacka said 13 bodies were pulled from collapsed buildings in Durres and 45 people were rescued from the wreckage there and in the northern town of Thumane.

Italy, France, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia have sent 200 specialised troops, tools and teams of tracker dogs to help the relief effort.

Links:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-50555782/albania-quake-rescuers-search-for-survivors
https://7news.com.au/news/natural-disasters/earthquake-in-albania-claims-22-lives-hundreds-injured-c-576888
https://www.euronews.com/2019/11/26/in-pictures-powerful-earthquake-rocks-albania
https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/photos-deadly-earthquake-rocks-albania-135009828.html