Central Croatia was hit by a strong earthquake of magnitude 5.2 on the Richter scale in the Petrinja region struck. The epicenter was located five kilometers southwest of Petrinja at a depth of two kilometers. Around 7:50 a.m., the seismological service recorded two more earth tremors with a magnitude of 4.7 and 4.1 on the Richter scale. According to initial reports by Croatian media, no people were harmed.
Earthquake damage in Petrinja and Sisak
Nevertheless, the quake caused significant damage to some buildings in the region, mainly in the Petrinja and Sisak areas. The effects of the earthquake reached as far as Zagreb, 50 kilometers away. There, parts of a church were destroyed.
EU pledges help
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen immediately pledged to help Croatia after this morning’s earthquakes. She tweeted, “Stay strong, Croatia! Following a strong earthquake this morning, the European Commission is in contact with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and the Croatian authorities. We are monitoring the situation closely and are ready to help.”
Aid workers in action
Impressive videos of the quake can be found on the homepage of the Croatian portal index.hr. As relief workers are still in the field at the moment, the information about possible further personal injuries and property damage is not yet final.
First quake in Zagreb region in March
It was only in March this year that Zagreb was hit by a magnitude 5.3 earthquake. One person was killed and 27 others sustained injuries. In addition, there was considerable damage to buildings at the time, and reconstruction is still ongoing.