The European-Mediterranean Seismic Center (EMSC) said the earthquake hit the Balkan countries at 12:20 pm local time (6:20 am Eastern Time), with the epicenter being 44 kilometers (27 miles) southeast of the capital Zagreb. The government-owned Croatian news agency HINA earlier reported that the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.3.
EMSC stated that this is the largest earthquake in Croatia so far this year, adding that it “may cause significant damage at the distance from the center of the earthquake.”
Darinko Dumbović, the city of Petrínia, requested emergency assistance.
Before the earthquake, Dumbović was holding a press conference. In the video of the event, rumbling sounds can be heard at the beginning of the earthquake, and then the screams of the participants are confused. Then, the camera seemed to fall to the ground.
Photos of Petrinja showed the roof of the building collapsed and the car was crushed by falling debris.
“My city has been completely destroyed,”
He added: “We need firefighters, we don’t know what is under the water. The roof of the car has fallen off and we need help.”
In the previous interview with N1, Dempovich described the “panic” scenes after the earthquake. He said: “People are panicking, people are looking for relatives.”
“We are pulling people out of the car. We don’t know if people are dead or injured. I heard that a kindergarten collapsed, but luckily there were no children there and another child was able to escape, the mayor added.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrei Plenković said that the army will be deployed to support emergency services in the area, while HINA reported that personnel are already on the ground in Petrinja, helping residents and removing debris. .
The Prime Minister said on Twitter: “This is a tragedy, but everyone is here and we will provide every possible help.”
According to HINA reports, the Arena in Zagreb has become an emergency center for coronavirus patients, and it will also start receiving coronavirus patients affected by the earthquake from West Sak-Moslavinana County.