At least six people have died after the most powerful earthquake to hit Albania in decades jostled the capital, Tirana, and its heavily-populated surrounding region, causing several buildings to collapse and burying residents in the rubble.

The magnitude 6.4 quake struck shortly before 4am local time (03:00 GMT) on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. It was the second powerful tremor to hit the region in two months.

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Tuesday’s earthquake was centred 30km (19 miles) west of Tirana, at a shallow depth of 10km (six miles), according to the USGS.

Prelim M6.4 Earthquake Albania Nov-26 02:54 UTC, updates https://t.co/miWOx3F2Fm

— USGS Big Quakes (@USGSBigQuakes) November 26, 2019

Two women were found in the rubble of an apartment building in the northern

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