Hopes fade for any more survivors in Albania quake; 41 dead

Hopes were fading Thursday of finding anyone else alive beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings in Albania, two days after…

Hopes were fading Thursday of finding anyone else alive beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings in Albania, two days after a deadly quake struck the country’s Adriatic coast, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 750.

Authorities said search and rescue operations were continuing in three collapsed buildings in the port city of Durres, 33 kilometers (20 miles) west of the capital Tirana. Searching had stopped, however, in the nearby town of Thumane, where no more people were believed to be buried in collapsed apartment buildings after six bodies were recovered from the rubble overnight.

The Health Ministry said Thursday that more than 750 people were injured in the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck before dawn Tuesday, leading to dozens of people being trapped in collapsed apartment buildings. The main quake has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks, including at least three with magnitudes of above 5.0, which have complicated rescue efforts.

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