The quake rocked the Balkan nation at 12:20 p.m. native time (6:20 a.m. ET) and its epicenter was positioned 44 kilometers (27 miles) southeast of the capital Zagreb, based on the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
The EMSC stated it was the most important earthquake to hit Croatia up to now this 12 months, including it might “generate important injury at shut epicentral distances.”
Darinko Dumbović, the mayor of the central Croatian city of Petrinja, known as for quick emergency assist, saying that “half the city has been destroyed,” HINA reported.
Images from the city confirmed a collapsed roof of a constructing and a automobile crushed by falling particles.
Dumbović described scenes of “panic” within the aftermath of the tremor throughout an interview with CNN’s Croatian affiliate N1. “There’s panic, individuals are trying to find their family members,” he stated.
“We’re pulling individuals out of automobiles, we do not know if individuals have died or have been injured. I heard a kindergarten has collapsed however fortunately there weren’t any youngsters there, whereas in one other one the kids have been capable of escape,” the mayor added.
Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković posted a tweet saying he was on his solution to Petrinja.
“We’ve mobilized all obtainable companies to assist individuals and clear all damaged components,” the PM stated.