6.three earthquake kills 7 in Croatia, leaves others lacking

A robust earthquake in central Croatia has destroyed buildings in a city southeast of the capital and brought about at the least seven deaths

PETRINJA, Croatia — A robust earthquake in Croatia destroyed buildings and killed at the least seven folks Tuesday southwest of the capital, displacing scores of space residents or making them afraid to sleep indoors as emergency groups looked for these nonetheless lacking dusk.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Middle stated the magnitude 6.three quake hit 46 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of Zagreb simply earlier than 12:20 p.m. native time. It brought about widespread harm within the hardest-hit city of Petrinja. The identical space was struck a magnitude 5.2 quake on Monday.

Officers stated a 12-year-old lady died in Petrinja, a city of some 25,000 folks. One other six folks have been killed in practically destroyed villages near the city, in accordance with HRT state tv. Not less than 26 folks have been hospitalized, six with severe accidents, officers stated, including that many extra folks remained unaccounted for.

In Petrinja, cries might be heard from beneath destroyed homes. One lady was discovered alive some 4 hours after the quake. Emergency groups used rescue canine within the seek for survivors, whereas relations appeared on in despair.

“My city has been utterly destroyed. Now we have useless youngsters,” Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbovic stated in a press release broadcast HRT. “That is like Hiroshima – half of town now not exists.”

Firefighters labored to take away the particles from a collapsed constructing that fell on a automobile. A person and a small boy finally have been rescued from the car and carried into an ambulance.

The city was left with out electrical energy or operating water as officers scrambled to arrange non permanent lodging for the entire displaced residents in want. Residents fearing one other earthquake appeared poised to spend the night time outdoors their properties.

Petrinja resident Marica Pavlovic stated the quake felt “worse than a battle.”

“It was horrible, a shock. You don’t know what to do, whether or not to expire or disguise someplace,” she advised The Related Press.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and different authorities ministers arrived in Petrinja after the earthquake.

“The largest a part of central Petrinja is in a purple zone, which signifies that many of the buildings usually are not usable,” Plenkovic stated.

He stated the military has 500 locations prepared in barracks to accommodate folks, whereas others shall be accommodated in close resorts and different locations.

“Nobody should keep out within the chilly tonight,” the prime minister stated.

Officers additionally toured a broken hospital within the close city of Sisak, which was additionally badly hit. Plenkovic stated the sufferers shall be evacuated in military helicopters and ambulances.

Well being officers stated a child was delivered in a tent in entrance of the hospital within the aftermath of the earthquake.

European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen stated on Twitter that she spoke with Plenkovic and instructed an envoy to journey to Croatia as quickly as doable.

As a Mediterranean nation, Croatia is liable to earthquakes, however not huge ones. The final sturdy quake struck within the 1990s when the picturesque Adriatic coast village of Ston was destroyed.

The Croatian army was deployed within the quake-hit area to assist with the rescue operation.

Croatian seismologist Kresimir Kuk described the earthquake as “extraordinarily sturdy,” far stronger than one other one which hit Zagreb and close areas within the spring. He warned folks to maintain out of probably shaky previous buildings and transfer to newer areas of town due to aftershocks.

Within the capital, folks bumped into the streets in concern.

The earthquake was felt all through the nation and in neighboring Serbia, Bosnia and Slovenia. It was felt as far-off as Graz in southern Austria, the Austria Press Company reported.

Authorities in Slovenia stated the Krsko nuclear energy plant was briefly shut down following the earthquake. The facility plant is collectively owned Slovenia and Croatia and positioned close to their border.


AP writers Dusan Stojanovic and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

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