A strong earthquake struck central Croatia, causing severe damage and killing at least one person in a small town southeast of the capital.
Zagreb, Croatia-A strong earthquake struck central Croatia on Tuesday, causing severe damage to houses and other buildings in towns southeast of the capital. A girl was killed in the earthquake, a man and a boy were rescued from a car buried in the rubble and taken to the hospital.
The European Mediterranean Seismic Center said a magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred 46 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of Zagreb. Preliminary reports stated that the earthquake caused extensive damage, with roofs, building walls and even entire buildings collapsed.
The area was hit by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake on Monday, and several smaller aftershocks were felt on Tuesday.
The Croatian national broadcaster HRT said a girl was killed in an earthquake in Petrinja, a small town in the southeast of the capital. The city was hardest hit by the earthquake. Other Croatian media also reported the death and cited the mayor of the town. The child’s age or other details cannot be obtained immediately.
HRT said in its report: “The center of Petrinja no longer existed in the past.” “A girl died and someone was injured in the collapsed building.”
“Our town has been completely destroyed, and we have dead children.”
He said: “This city has been demolished and it is no longer livable.” “We need help.”
After the earthquake, Croatian Prime Minister Andrei Plenković and other government ministers arrived in Petrinya.
Local TV channel N1 broadcast live from the town on Tuesday, and the collapsed building fell on the car. The video showed firefighters trying to clear debris to reach the buried car. In the end, a man and a little boy were rescued from the car and sent to an ambulance.
Fallen bricks and dust were littered on the streets, and many houses were completely destroyed. The Croatian military has deployed in Petrinja to assist in the rescue operation.
Croatian media said that people were hurt by the earthquake, but at first it was impossible to tell how many people were injured in the chaos and interrupted telephone lines.
Croatian seismologist Kresimir Kuk described the earthquake as “extremely strong”, much stronger than another earthquake that occurred in Zagreb and nearby areas in the spring. He warned people that, due to aftershocks, please stay away from old buildings that may shake and move to newer areas of the city.
In the capital, people ran into streets and parks out of fear. According to reports, many people left Zagreb, ignoring the travel ban imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The entire country as well as neighboring Serbia, Bosnia and Slovenia felt the earthquake. The Austrian News Agency reported that this feeling was felt even in Graz in southern Austria.
Slovenian authorities stated that the Krsko nuclear power plant was temporarily closed after the earthquake. The power plant is jointly owned by Slovenia and Croatia and is located near the border.