This massive 6.3 Magnitude earthquake caused global damage in the hardest-hit town of Petrinja. Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovie said the army has 500 places ready in barracks. While others will be accommodated in nearby hotels and other places. No one must stay out in the cold tonight.
This major earthquake cut phone lines and sent Croatians into a state of shock. The effect of this disaster was felt all over the country and also in neighboring Serbia, Serbia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, and as far away as the Austrian capital, Vienna. This was the second time when the quake hit the area in as many days.
Seven killed, at least 20 injured
This powerful earthquake in central Croatia has killed seven people, the number of injured people is more than 20. And caused large scale destruction in Petrinja, a town southeast of the capital Zagreb.
Croatian Defence Minister Tomo Medved reported six deaths.
“We have a lot of victims. In the vicinity of Glina, in the town of Majske Poljane, five deaths have been confirmed so far. With a girl from Petrinja, a total of six people died in this devastating earthquake,”.
Later, Ivica Perovic, the chief of Lekenik Municipality, confirmed that a body of a man was found in the wreckage of a local church in the village of Zzine, north of Petrinja, increasing the death toll to seven.
Petrinja in ruins
The centre of Petrinja as it used to no longer exists due to the widespread disaster, Croatia’s state HRT television reported, saying people remained inside collapsed buildings.
According to the local Police, at least 20 people were slightly injured and six more severely wounded. Most of the injuries were broken bones and concussions.” The search through the rubble is continuing,” police said in a statement.
To overcome the effect of this disaster, The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service is also involved in search and rescue operations and they recovered six people in Petrinja, which is home to about 20,000 people.
Authorities in Slovenia said the krsko nuclear power plant was temporarily shut down following the earthquake. The power plant is jointly owned by Slovenia and Croatia and located near their border.