Death toll rises as recover efforts continue following 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Albania


At least 42 people have been killed and more than 750 injured after a powerful 6.4 earthquake struck roughly 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of Tirana, Albania, around 4 a.m. local time, on Tuesday according to Associated Press.

The United States Geological Survey stated the quake struck at a depth of approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) below ground.

Additional tremors following Tuesday morning's quake have continued to interrupt rescue operations. On Wednesday, at least two tremors of over 5.0 were reported by the USGS. Another 5.1 magnitude quake shook the region on Thursday as rescue efforts continued.

Mainly dry weather aided clean-up efforts into Thursday; however, wet weather will affect the region from Thursday night into Saturday.

While the rain is not expected to be heavy enough to cause flooding, it may affect clean-up and recovery efforts and create harsh conditions for those left homeless following the quake, Accuweather reports.