An 5.2 earthquake struck the district of Korca at 05: 25 this morning. According to the national institute of geo-sciences, the epicenter of the earthquake was in the village of Miras - at 11 km from Korçë - at a depth of 25 km.
The residents immediately abandoned their homes fearing new shocks. The earthquake - according to reports from the Albanian media - would have caused significant material damage, in an area where numerous buildings, hit by the earthquake of the last 1 June, they had not yet been restored.
Meanwhile, residents of the area have re-launched requests for government assistance, given that after the June earthquake - in their opinion - no repair work was carried out:
"We are afraid. I don't know what we'll do. We feel at risk. We are four in this house, I don't want money but I want my house. To date no repairs have been made.”- says a citizen of the village of Vidohove in Report TV.
This morning's earthquake arrived after just over a month of the one recorded - exactly the 21 September - at 30 km from Durres in the Adriatic Sea, which caused more injured citizens than 100 and over 600 damaged buildings.
Tilmann: Albania is exposed to seismic risk
In an interview for DW last September, Professor Frederik Tilmann - director of the seismology sector in the German geological studies center (GFZ) in Potsdam - explained why the Country of Eagles is exposed to seismic risk:
"The Albanian coast has always been part of those European regions that are exposed to strong seismic risks. The earthquakes of this area have to do with the movement of the African continent towards the North.
The African continental plate moves a few millimeters per year towards Europe. These continental contacts create tension, especially for the Adriatic micro-plates that are pushed and enter the Balkans. The earthquake near Tirana has to do with these tensions."- said Professor Tilmann for DW.