A strong 6.four magnitude earthquake toppled buildings in central Croatia on Tuesday, putting close to the city of Petrinja, the place rescue groups raced to comb by means of particles.
The earthquake, one of many strongest to hit Croatia in recent times, collapsed the rooftops of Petrinja, house to some 20,000 folks, and left the streets strewn with bricks and different particles.
“We’re taking folks out of the vehicles, we have no idea if we’ve lifeless or injured,” Darinko Dumbovic, mayor of Petrinja, advised regional broadcaster N1.
“There’s a basic panic, individuals are searching for their family members,” he added.
Rescuers and the military have been deployed to seek for the trapped residents, with no casualties initially reported.
“I am scared, I am unable to attain anybody at house as a result of the cellphone strains are lifeless,” a involved lady in Petrinja advised N1.
The earthquake was additionally felt within the capital Zagreb, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the epicenter, the place roof tiles have been ripped off roofs and panicked residents gathered within the streets, based on an AFP reporter.
The electrical energy within the metropolis heart was minimize off.
The earthquake, which occurred round 1130 GMT based on the USA Geological Survey (USGS), shook Petrinja simply at some point after a smaller earthquake struck the town, inflicting some injury to buildings.
The tremors reverberated in neighboring international locations, together with Serbia, Slovenia and as far-off because the Austrian capital Vienna.
As a precautionary measure, Slovenia took steps to close down Krsko’s nuclear energy plan that it co-owns with Croatia.
European Union leaders mentioned they have been carefully following the “devastating earthquake” in member state Croatia.
“We’re able to assist,” the pinnacle of the European Fee, Ursula von der Leyen, wrote on Twitter, including that the bloc’s civil safety staff was “able to journey to Croatia as quickly because the state of affairs permits.”
Charles Michel, President of the European Council, mentioned that “our ideas are with the injured and frontline employees.”
In March, Zagreb was broken by a 5.three magnitude earthquake, essentially the most highly effective to hit the capital in many years.
The Balkan area is on massive faults and is usually hit by earthquakes.
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