A total of 13 people have now been found dead, according to the defence ministry, while around 38 people have been rescued alive amebo9ja reports.

According to AFP, Albanian rescuers were digging through rubble as desperate survivors trapped in toppled buildings cried out for help Tuesday after the strongest earthquake in decades claimed at least 13 lives.

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 3:54 am local time (0254 GMT), with an epicentre 34 kilometres (about 20 miles) northwest of the capital Tirana in the Adriatic Sea, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

The worst damage was in and around the coastal city of Durres, a tourism destination on the Adriatic, where soldiers, police and civilian forces were working to reach those believed to be trapped inside buildings that were reduced to dust.

Many of the dead were pulled from the ruins in Durres and the nearby town of Thumane.

Families looked on in horror as emergency workers sifted through the rubble of a collapsed five-storey building in Thumane, as those trapped cried out to be rescued.

See photos below (Credit AFP)

13 Found dead, Hundreds injured as powerful earthquake jolts Albania
13 Found dead, Hundreds injured as powerful earthquake jolts Albania

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