Robust Earthquake Strikes Central Croatia

A robust 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck central Croatia on Tuesday, in response to the U.S. Geological Survey, with native rescue crews reporting widespread harm close to the epicenter within the city of Petrinja and the encompassing space.

The extent of casualties was not recognized. There have been reviews that the quake, which hit simply after midday native time, might be felt throughout the Balkans and as far-off as Hungary.

The mayor of Petrinja, Darinko Dumbovic, instructed the regional broadcaster N1 that “town was destroyed and that at the very least one individual had been killed, a 12-year-old woman, whose physique he mentioned he walked on the road.

“It is a disaster,” he mentioned. “My metropolis is totally destroyed.”

“We want firefighters, we don’t know what’s underneath the surfaces, a roof fell on a automotive, we’d like assist,” he mentioned in an emotional phone interview from the scene that was broadcast on Croatian state tv.

“Moms are crying for his or her youngsters,” he mentioned.

Pictures from the scene on social media and native tv stations confirmed streets strewn with rubble, buildings with roofs caved in and rescue crews speeding way of the streets. In a single scene captured native tv crews, a person and a ba had been pulled from a automotive buried underneath particles and rushed to the hospital.

The mayor instructed native reporters that he didn’t know the situation of the 2 individuals.

“I additionally heard that the kindergarten collapsed,” he mentioned. “However luckily there have been no youngsters” within the constructing on the time, he mentioned.

Petrinja is about 30 miles southeast of Zagreb, the capital, the place buildings had been rocked and particles from damaged home windows and broken buildings littered the streets.

The Pink Cross in Croatia mentioned it was a “very severe” scenario.

It was the second earthquake to strike the world prior to now day, after a 5.2-magnitude tremor Monday morning broken buildings and stoked fears in a area with a historical past of seismic exercise.

It got here solely hours after Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and President Zoran Milanovic toured the middle of Petrinja to survey harm from the primary quake.

Whereas that first tremor brought about no accidents, Mayor Dumbovic mentioned that many buildings had been broken, placing them in a precarious situation when the second quake struck.

He mentioned that there had been a number of small earthquakes in current days and that many residents had been afraid to spend the evening of their homes.

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Fee, mentioned she had requested Janez Lenarcic, the European commissioner for disaster administration, to face able to journey to Croatia to offer help.

The area is vulnerable to earthquakes, and consultants have warned that the Balkan nations in southeastern Europe have failed to deal with the dangers posed ageing buildings.

Whereas lots of the cities and villages hint their roots again a whole lot of years, a constructing increase that passed off within the 1990s, through the transition to capitalism from Communism, usually noticed buildings constructed with out regard to security requirements.

The result’s that thousands and thousands of individuals dwell in properties unlikely to outlive a significant earthquake, consultants say.

In Croatia, the scars of previous quakes are nonetheless seen in locations like Dubrovnik, the place almost a 3rd of town was leveled in 1667 and greater than 5,000 individuals died.

Alisa Dogramadzieva and Joe Orovic contributed reporting.

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