On Tuesday, 29 December 2020, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake tore through central Croatia killing six people and injuring dozens more.
The Tuesday earthquake was the second one in the past two days to happen in Croatia. Local authorities are still searching through the wreckage but have confirmed that six people died from its effect.
According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center, the earthquake hit at about 6:20 am. ET. It damaged parts of Petrinja, a town 28 miles away from Zagreb, the country’s capital.
Out of the six people that died in the Croatia earthquake, one was a 12-year-old girl. Many were taken to the hospital. Authorities on the scene also confirmed that two people who were in the hospital were in serious conditions.
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One woman was pulled out alive from a collapsed building four hours after the earthquake. Another video of a boy being rescued from the debris found its way online.
This young boy was pulled from the rubble after an earthquake in Croatia.
The 6.3 magnitude quake hit Croatia, with reports of one death, “many” injuries and damaged buildings near Zagreb.
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On Monday 28th December 2020, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake had hit the same area. This is the first time Croatia is suffering an earthquake of this magnitude since 1880.
Although it is a Mediterranean country which is prone to earthquakes, Croatia usually only suffered minor quakes.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic arrived at the scene and instructed people to avoid the buildings in central Petrinja. Plenkovic explained that the region is in a red zone, thus, the buildings are not safe.
Instead, the estimated 25,000 inhabitants of the town can stay in army barracks, nearby hotels and other locations. The prime minister promised that none of the displaced persons will stay out in the cold.
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