Italian Search and Rescue Crews Help Search for Earthquake Survivors in Albania

Search and rescue crews from Italy’s national fire service were deployed to assist Albanian authorities in Durres as recovery efforts continued following a deadly earthquake on November 26.

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake, one of the strongest to hit the country in decades, struck north of Tirana on November 26. Italy’s national fire service, Vigili del Fuoco, said they deployed personnel that evening.

Reuters reported the death toll rose to at least 40 by November 28, and at least 650 people were injured. 45 people have been rescued alive, Reuters said.

The US Geological Survey recorded hundreds of aftershocks, several of which were at least magnitude 5.

Videos from Italy’s fire service show Italian search and rescue crews digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings in Durres on November 26 and 27. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful