Emergency workers clear debris at a damaged building in Thumana after an quake hit Albania, on 26 November, 2019.
The epicenter was only about 20 miles northwest of the capital city, Tirana, (population 375,000), the USGS says. The defence ministry had said at the time it was the most powerful quake to hit the country in the past 30 years.
She told reporters the quake's epicentre was in Durres, Albania's main port and a tourist spot, adding that some 600 residents were injured and received treatment.
Journalist Klaudja Karabolli has more on the rescue efforts in the region. About 400 soldiers were setting up tents in Durres and in Fushe Kruje near Thumane in the north to house survivors left homeless by the quake.
Four bodies were pulled from two collapsed buildings in the western town of Durres, the Defence Ministry said, and a man died near the northern town of Lezhe.
In Durres - a coastal town about 25 miles from the country's capital of Tirana - three hotels, a residential villa and an apartment building reportedly all came down.
In the nearby town of Kurbin, a man in his fifties died after jumping from his building in panic, while another perished in a auto accident after the natural disaster tore open parts of the road, it said.
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Overcome with grief and worry, many refused to talk to journalists.
Local media also reported that a villa near Durres fully collapsed and it is believed up to eight people were inside.
At least 135 people were injured, with 72 hospitalized, Xhacka said. "We hope they'll get them out alive", said Astrit Cani, a 25-year-old resident, as tearful relatives looked on.
"I'm afraid of their fate. only God knows".
The spokewoman confirmed firefighters and army staff are helping residents caught under the rubble in Durres, 40km west of Tirana.
Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev also stated that the rescue teams have already been deployed to Albania. A man and a woman were killed in a building collapse in Thuman.
He said: "I talked with my daughter and niece on the phone". Serbia, North Macedonia, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, France, Estonia, Turkey and the Czech Republic also offered help, while the European Union delegation to Albania said additional European Union assets were on standby should they be needed. "I could not talk to my wife", he said.