Magnitude 5.3 and 4.9 Earthquakes Shake Greek-Albanian Border



Two major earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.3 and 4.9 on the Richter scale hit the Greek-Albanian border at 07:26  and 10:00 local time on Saturday morning (05:26, 08:00 GMT+1). Many smaller quakes have also been recorded.

The epicenters of the two quakes were 47 and 43 kilometers (29 and 27 miles) west of the city of Kastoria, near the border town of Ersekë, South Albania.

The depth of the first quake’s epicenter was determined to be 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) under the earth, according to an initial estimation from Athens’ Geodynamic Institute.

There are no reports of injuries or damage to buildings on the Greek side but Albanian authorities reported that five people were injured in an Albanian village, after a house collapsed.

The jolt was felt across Greece’s West Macedonia region, Epirus and some islands of the Ionian Sea.