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A moderate earthquake southwest of Skopje has been felt in Macedonia, Albania and some areas of northern Greece, seismologists and residents say. It was followed by a slightly smaller earthquake a few minutes earlier.

The first earthquake, which has a preliminary magnitude of 4.8, was centered about 16 kilometers south of VraneŇ°tica, or some 85 kilometers southwest of Skopje. It struck at a depth of 10 kilometers, making it a shallow earthquake.

About 8 minutes later, the same region was shaken by a slightly stronger earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center. It said the second earthquake struck closer to the surface, at a depth of just 5 kilometers.

The earthquakes were felt throughout the region, according to residents, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. "It was loud and pretty strong," a resident in Resen in Macedonia reported.

In Skopje, one resident reported that doors and lights began to sway.

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