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Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Struck 6 km SW of Shëngjin, Albania on July 27, 2021 20:00:44

Last Updated: 2021-10-03 05:22:33

On July 27, 2021 20:00:44 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.1 on the richter scale hit 6 km SW of Shëngjin, Albania. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 15.07 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 19.530° and latitude 41.776°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on July 27, 2021 20:00:44 had a magnitude of 4.1 on the richter scale. Which is considered to be a minor earthquake and is often felt but causes little to no damage.

Shallow earthquakes are considered between 0 and 70 km deep, while intermediate earthquakes range from 70 - 300 km deep and deep earthquakes are between 300 - 700 km deep.

Are shallow earthquakes more destructive?

Shallow quakes generally tend to be more damaging than deeper quakes. Seismic waves from deep quakes have to travel farther to the surface, losing energy along the way.

Nearby Cities and Towns

The nearest significant population center is Shëngjin in Lezhë County, Albania, located 6 kilometers or 4 miles ↗ NE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Lezhë (Lezhë County, Albania) located 9 km (5 mi) ↗ NE and Bashkia Lezhë (Lezhë County, Albania) located 10 km (6 mi) ↗ NE of the epicenter.

In total, we found 26 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
6 km (4 mi) ↗ NE Shëngjin Lezhë County 🇦🇱 Albania
9 km (5 mi) ↗ NE Lezhë Lezhë County 🇦🇱 Albania
10 km (6 mi) ↗ NE Bashkia Lezhë Lezhë County 🇦🇱 Albania
27 km (16 mi) ↑ N Vau i Dejës Shkodër District 🇦🇱 Albania
28 km (17 mi) ↑ N Vukatanë Shkodër District 🇦🇱 Albania
30 km (18 mi) ← W Ulcinj Ulcinj Municipality 🇲🇪 Montenegro
32 km (20 mi) ↑ N Rrethi i Shkodrës Shkodër District 🇦🇱 Albania
32 km (20 mi) ↖ NW Shkodër Shkodër District 🇦🇱 Albania
38 km (24 mi) ↓ S Bashkia Durrës Durrës District 🇦🇱 Albania
43 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Sukth Durrës District 🇦🇱 Albania
43 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Bashkia Vorë Tirana District 🇦🇱 Albania
44 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Vorë Tirana District 🇦🇱 Albania
47 km (29 mi) ↘ SE Shijak Durrës District 🇦🇱 Albania
48 km (30 mi) ↖ NW Stari Bar Bar Municipality 🇲🇪 Montenegro
49 km (30 mi) ↘ SE Bashkia Shijak Durrës District 🇦🇱 Albania
50 km (31 mi) ↓ S Durrës Durrës District 🇦🇱 Albania
50 km (31 mi) ← W Bar Bar Municipality 🇲🇪 Montenegro
51 km (31 mi) ↓ S Durrës District Durrës District 🇦🇱 Albania
52 km (32 mi) ↖ NW Šušanj Bar Municipality 🇲🇪 Montenegro
57 km (35 mi) ↖ NW Sutomore Bar Municipality 🇲🇪 Montenegro
65 km (40 mi) ↘ SE Kavajë Tirana District 🇦🇱 Albania
66 km (41 mi) ↘ SE Bashkia Kavajë Tirana District 🇦🇱 Albania
67 km (42 mi) ↘ SE Rrethi i Kavajës Tirana District 🇦🇱 Albania
78 km (48 mi) ↘ SE Rrogozhinë Tirana District 🇦🇱 Albania
86 km (53 mi) ↓ S Divjakë Fier County 🇦🇱 Albania
91 km (56 mi) ↓ S Bashkia Divjakë Fier County 🇦🇱 Albania

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 1 utility-scale power plants in the vecinity of the earthquakes epicenter. Ranging form closest to furtherst, one of these is a neaclear power plant.

Distance Direction Power Plant Type Capacity
27 km (17 mi) ↑ N Vau i Dijes Hydro 250.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.1 earthquake that struck 6 km SW of Shëngjin, Albania on July 27, 2021 20:00:44. These types were Hydro power plants, below you find information how each type of power plant can pose a risk to you as a person or the ecosytem around you.

None of this information should be used as guidence in an event of an emergency, but rather as additional references to information provided by national, state and local authorities.


Hydropower plants are generally considered as safe in many aspects, but when it comes to severe earthquakes they pose a substantial risk that can manifest in the form of dam faliours, landslides and grave impacts on surrounding ecosystems.

Dam Failure

The most significant risk is the potential failure of the dam that holds the water reservoir. Severe ground shaking can damage or breach the dam, leading to downstream flooding and as a result endangering people and wildlife living downstream. Such an event can also have severe impact on key infrastructure that cascades through society.


Earthquakes can trigger landslides in the areas surrounding hydropower plants, potentially damaging infrastructure and causing harm to nearby communities.

Damage to Aquatic Ecosystems

Both landslide and dam failures can have a severe impact on upstream and downstream aquatic wildlife, ecosystem and groundwater, resulting in longterm risks for people and industires living and operating in areas near the water supply.

To mitigate these risks, engineering and construction standards for hydropower plants often include earthquake-resistant designs. These designs incorporate measures such as flexible foundations, strengthened dam structures, and advanced monitoring systems to detect early signs of stress. Additionally, emergency plans and evacuation procedures should be in place to protect personnel and downstream communities in the event of a severe earthquake.

Data Information

Information found on this page is a derivative set, based on sources mentioned below.

Data Sources

We aggregate and combine data from USGS (United States Geographical Survey) and the EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre). This allow us to get near real-time and historical earthquake data dating back to the year 1950.


Information or data found on this page should not be used for, or as an early warning system. It is intended as an historical reference or near real-time complementary information to offical and governmental sources. In an event of an emergency it is important closely monitor and follow advice from national, state and local authorities.

Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Struck 6 km SW of Shëngjin, Albania on July 27, 2021 20:00:44
Date and Time
2021-07-27 20:00:44 (UTC)
4.1 Magnitude (richter scle)
15.07 km
0 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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