At least six people were killed on Tuesday in the violent earthquake that struck Croatia. Local authorities said at least 26 people were injured. Six of them were seriously injured.
The magnitude of the earthquake, which occurred on Tuesday afternoon, was 6.4 and was felt in other countries. The epicenter was in Petrinia, a village about 50 km from the Croatian capital, Zagreb.
According to the Croatian Red Cross, the situation in Petringa is “extremely dangerous”. Many buildings were damaged or collapsed. The mayor told local media that half of the city was destroyed by the earthquake. The cities of Sisak and Galena were also affected.
Among the victims was a 12-year-old girl. The death toll may continue to rise. Rescuers search for victims and the army helps them. Many people have been pulled out of the rubble alive.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who traveled to the affected area as soon as news of the earthquake came out, said people should be evacuated because Petringa is currently insecure. It is not clear how many residents require safe shelter.
Tuesday’s earthquake is the second in a short time for Croatia. On Monday there was an earthquake near Petrinja. Its strength was 5.2 degrees.
Minister Steve Block (Foreign Affairs) leaves via Twitter Know that Holland’s thoughts are with Croatia, the victims and their families. “The Netherlands is ready to support Croatia in dealing with the repercussions of this terrible disaster,” he wrote.
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