A strong earthquake reported to be of 6.3 magnitude, has hit central Croatia, causing considerable damage to buildings in Petrinja, a town southeast of the capital Zagreb.
Injuries are being reported with fears of casualties from the area.
A massive earthquake has just rocked Croatia, with the town of Petrinja suffering the worst damage: pic.twitter.com/smsa4cWHq8— Seb Starcevic (@SebStarcevic) December 29, 2020
Croatian state broadcaster HRT has confirmed the death of a girl in the earthquake. The child’s age or other details were not immediately available.
The epicenter of the earthquake is reported to be the town of Petrinja, about 60km (37 miles) from the capital Zagreb, which seems to be no longer exist.
The Mayor of Petrinja Darinko Dumbovic said in a statement broadcast by HRT TV: “My town has been completely destroyed, we have dead children.
“This is like Hiroshima – half of the city no longer exists.”
On Monday, the same area was struck by a 5.2 quake.
The earthquake was felt throughout the country on Tuesday. It was also felt in Serbia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina and as far away as Graz in southern Austria.
The scenes of devastation caused by the earthquake are being reported on social media:
This young boy was pulled from the rubble after an earthquake in Croatia.— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 29, 2020
The 6.3 magnitude quake hit Croatia, with reports of one death, "many" injuries and damaged buildings near Zagreb.
Read more on the #earthquake here: https://t.co/9htI7sqnVI pic.twitter.com/6LWHS9Yx1z
Spinechilling moment of earthquake during live tv in Croatia pic.twitter.com/3TqrJ1we7v— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) December 29, 2020