Photos: Albania quake breaks open homes, leaving lives exposed

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people, injured more than 3,000 people and left thousands homeless hit Albania’s Adriatic coast last Tuesday. The worst-hit areas were the port town of Durres, a popular beach vacation spot for Albanians 33 kilometers west of the capital Tirana, and the nearby northern town of Thumane. While the search and rescue operation for earthquake survivors ended on Saturday and the first of the partially damaged buildings have been demolished, gaping holes where walls and floors should be, bedroom doors opening into the void, bathroom fixtures dangling from walls remain in a stark reminder of the powerful and destructive force of nature.

Updated On Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST
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Dust rises from the falling parts of a destroyed building during an aftershock in Thumane, western Albania. The 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Albania’s Adriatic coast before dawn on Tuesday last week has left at least 51 people dead, around 2,000 others injured and about 4,000 people homeless. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

Dust rises from the falling parts of a destroyed building during an aftershock in Thumane, western Albania. The 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Albania’s Adriatic coast before dawn on Tuesday last week has left at least 51 people dead, around 2,000 others injured and about 4,000 people homeless. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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A plastic bag with washing powder hangs on a wall of a collapsed building in Thumane. The worst hit areas were the port town of Durres, a popular beach vacation spot for Albanians that is 33 kilometers west of the capital Tirana, and the nearby town of Thumane. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

A plastic bag with washing powder hangs on a wall of a collapsed building in Thumane. The worst hit areas were the port town of Durres, a popular beach vacation spot for Albanians that is 33 kilometers west of the capital Tirana, and the nearby town of Thumane. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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A handbag dangled from a coat hanger, gleaming saucepans sat stacked in a kitchen cabinet, sheets and duvets lay neatly folded in a bedroom cupboard. All scenes of ordinary domesticity, except for one detail: the rest of the homes these ordinary items were part of have vanished, crumpling in the devastating force of an earthquake. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

A handbag dangled from a coat hanger, gleaming saucepans sat stacked in a kitchen cabinet, sheets and duvets lay neatly folded in a bedroom cupboard. All scenes of ordinary domesticity, except for one detail: the rest of the homes these ordinary items were part of have vanished, crumpling in the devastating force of an earthquake. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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Laundry hangs on a line from a damaged building in Thumane. Both locations saw apartment buildings crumble from the power of the earthquake. Hundreds of rescuers from more than a dozen countries from Europe and beyond flew in to help in search-and-rescue operations, while more countries sent in medical supplies, tents and other forms of aid. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

Laundry hangs on a line from a damaged building in Thumane. Both locations saw apartment buildings crumble from the power of the earthquake. Hundreds of rescuers from more than a dozen countries from Europe and beyond flew in to help in search-and-rescue operations, while more countries sent in medical supplies, tents and other forms of aid. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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Saucepans stacked inside a kitchen cupboard of a damaged house in Thumane. After the first day, rescuers were finding more bodies than survivors. The search and rescue operation for earthquake survivors ended on Saturday Prime Minister Edi Rama said, with the death toll at 51 and no more bodies believed to be in the ruins. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

Saucepans stacked inside a kitchen cupboard of a damaged house in Thumane. After the first day, rescuers were finding more bodies than survivors. The search and rescue operation for earthquake survivors ended on Saturday Prime Minister Edi Rama said, with the death toll at 51 and no more bodies believed to be in the ruins. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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Family pictures are seen on the ground of a damaged building in Thumane. The prime minister said preliminary figures showed more than 1,465 buildings in the capital, Tirana, and about 900 in Durres were seriously damaged in Tuesday’s 6.4-magnitude pre-dawn quake. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

Family pictures are seen on the ground of a damaged building in Thumane. The prime minister said preliminary figures showed more than 1,465 buildings in the capital, Tirana, and about 900 in Durres were seriously damaged in Tuesday’s 6.4-magnitude pre-dawn quake. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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The broken window of a damaged building in Thumane. In Durres, hundreds of residents as well as Rama and President Ilir Meta attended the funeral of nine members of a single extended family who were killed when a four-story villa collapsed. One young man survived and has been sent to Italy for medical treatment. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

The broken window of a damaged building in Thumane. In Durres, hundreds of residents as well as Rama and President Ilir Meta attended the funeral of nine members of a single extended family who were killed when a four-story villa collapsed. One young man survived and has been sent to Italy for medical treatment. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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A wall clock that stopped working during the time of the earthquake is seen inside a damaged building in Durres. The first seriously damaged building has been demolished, and a dozen others are expected to follow. Assessment experts from Greece, France, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia are involved. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

A wall clock that stopped working during the time of the earthquake is seen inside a damaged building in Durres. The first seriously damaged building has been demolished, and a dozen others are expected to follow. Assessment experts from Greece, France, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia are involved. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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A cupboard stands in a collapsed building in Thumane. A new draft law will sentence all investors, architects and supervisors to seven to 15 years in prison for violating construction norms. That and corruption in Albania’s burgeoning building industry have been blamed for much of the quake’s effects. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

A cupboard stands in a collapsed building in Thumane. A new draft law will sentence all investors, architects and supervisors to seven to 15 years in prison for violating construction norms. That and corruption in Albania’s burgeoning building industry have been blamed for much of the quake’s effects. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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A wooden box stands among debris of a collapsed building in Thumane. The government has set up financial compensations for families of the dead, including 1 million Lek ($9,000) per family, special pensions for elders and scholarships for children. Government and private calls for donations have collected about 15 million euros ($16 million) in three days. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

A wooden box stands among debris of a collapsed building in Thumane. The government has set up financial compensations for families of the dead, including 1 million Lek ($9,000) per family, special pensions for elders and scholarships for children. Government and private calls for donations have collected about 15 million euros ($16 million) in three days. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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A part of a collapsed building stands in Thumane. Many buildings only partially collapsed, left gaping holes where walls and floors should be, bedroom doors opening into the void, bathroom fixtures dangling from walls in a stark reminder of the powerful and destructive force of nature. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 02:24 PM IST

A part of a collapsed building stands in Thumane. Many buildings only partially collapsed, left gaping holes where walls and floors should be, bedroom doors opening into the void, bathroom fixtures dangling from walls in a stark reminder of the powerful and destructive force of nature. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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