A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck 21mi (34km) northwest of the capital, Tirana, on Tuesday 26 November, with a shallow depth of 12mi (19km). At least 18 people died, buildings were destroyed and people were trapped under rubble.
This is the strongest earthquake to hit Albania in 30 years and has been followed by aftershocks with magnitudes of between 5.1 and 5.4. Earthquakes are common in the Balkans, which is an active seismic region. Be prepared for disruptions to travel plans, and contact your travel provider to see if schedules have changed.
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