4.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Tirana and northern Albania on Friday

An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 occurred on Friday afternoon 24 km northeast of Tirana, Albania, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.

The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Tirana in the afternoon on Friday, November 12th, 2021, at 4:08 pm local time.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.

Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.1.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.

In Klos (pop. 680) located 14 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.

Weak shaking might have been felt in Bulqizë (pop. 11,200) located 16 km from the epicenter, Tirana (pop. 374,800) 24 km away, Burrel (pop. 15,400) 27 km away, Kruje (pop. 21,300) 29 km away, Elbasan (pop. 100,900) 30 km away, Lac (pop. 24,800) 43 km away, Kavanagh (pop. 29,400) 50 km away, and Durres (pop. 122,000) 54 km away.

Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Lushnja (pop. 41,500) located 59 km from the epicenter.

VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. / Argumentum.al