Zagreb, 30 December: About five people have been killed and 20 people injured in Croatia earthquake. Earthquake intensity on the Richter scale has been measured at 6.4. This information was provided by officers. The earthquake struck the small town of Petrinja, about 50 kilometers southeast of Croatia’s capital, Jagreb, at 12.19 pm, the Xinhua quoted the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center on Tuesday.
The injured have been admitted to the hospital and rescue teams are searching for people trapped under the debris. Media reports have revealed that the roofs of houses have collapsed in the affected area, while many buildings and cars have also been damaged. Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dambovic told reporters, “My city is completely ruined. We have a dead child. It cannot be described. It is like Hiroshima.”
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Prime Minister Andrzej Plankovic, President Joran Milanovich and other ministers visited the city the day after the incident. “We are sad. It is a tragedy. The army is here and police, civil security, firefighting, emergency medical services are arriving,” Plankovich told reporters in Petrinja. At the same time, 5.2 magnitude tremors were felt in the earthquake area on Monday morning, but no casualties were reported.
On Tuesday, the earthquake was felt across the country. The government has recently ended a ban on travel between counties initiated due to a coronavirus outbreak. The capital city of Zagreb was also affected by the earthquake. The tremors of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake were felt in Jagreb in March as well, in which one person was killed and 30 were injured.
The Cresco nuclear power plant in neighboring Slovenia has been closed as a precaution in view of the recent earthquake. The plant is located about 80 km north-west of Petrinja. A spokesperson for the plant told local media that it was a normal process during such a strong earthquake. European Commission President Usurla von der Leyen said that the European Union (EU) would support Croatia. He tweeted on Tuesday, “We are ready to support .. We stand with Croatia.”