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Updated: 24th September 2019 21:26 World

Albania inspects quake damages, sees over 100 aftershocks

Many residents in Albania's capital of Tirana and the port city of Durres have not gone back to their homes after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake injured 105 people and damaged hundreds of buildings.

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Hundreds spent the night in temporary shelters after quake injures 105 people

Police officers are seen on Sunday near tents at a temporary shelter after an earthquake in Tirana, Albania the previous day. (Florion Goga/Reuters )

Many residents in Albania's capital of Tirana and the port city of Durres have not gone back to their homes after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake injured 105 people and damaged hundreds of buildings.

Authorities say the Saturday afternoon quake was followed by more than 100 aftershocks. It also damaged about 600 homes and temporarily knocked out power and water facilities in Tirana, Durres and some other western and central districts.

Many people fled their homes when the quake hit at 4:04 p.m., with at least 500 spending the night in temporary shelters.

Experts on Sunday inspected damaged homes and buildings and raised more emergency tents. Defence Minister Olta Xhacka, speaking at a Cabinet meeting, said "luckily oil wells were not damaged."

These cars, next to a building at the University of Geology and Mine in Tirana, were badly damaged in the quake. (Malton Dibra/EPA-EFE)

Prime Minister Edi Rama said he had phone calls from his Italian, French, German and other European counterparts offering assistance.

Johannes Hahn, European Union's budget and administration commissioner and former enlargement one, tweeted that ".EU immediately offered assistance."

Located along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, Albania is earthquake-prone and registers seismic activity every few days.

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