A woman with a dog walks past destroyed cars and a damaged building after an earthquake in Tirana.PHOTO: REUTERS

A woman with a dog walks past destroyed cars and a damaged building after an earthquake in Tirana.PHOTO: REUTERS

A strong earthquake hit Albania today in afternoon, forcing residents into the street in several cities, triggering power cuts in the capital and the collapse of some buildings in a nearby village.

“There are no deaths,” Albania’s defense ministry spokeswoman Albana Qajaj said.

“Some 20 people went to the hospital for light injuries caused by (falling) objects or parts of walls as well as for panic attacks,” she told AFP.

Albania’s defense ministry said it was “the strongest earthquake in the country in last 20 to 30 years”.

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