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Two strong earthquakes hit central Croatia

Christian Fernsby |
The central part of Croatia was hit by two strong earthquake this morning, first a magnitude 5.2 5:28 local time 15 km from Petrinja town, followed by a strong aftershock of magnitude 4.8-5.0 an hour and half later, 06:49 in the same area.

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Topics: CROATIA   

According to first information, there are no reports of injuries or fatalities, but there is moderate, in some cases substantial damage at buildings and structures in Sisak town and other places near the epicenter.

The earthquake was also felt in Zagreb, and even on the Adriatic coast in Rijeka, some 160km away.

The mayor of Petrinja, Darinko Dumbović, told N1 that the citizens of Petrinja are in a panic and that President Zoran Milanović and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković are arriving in the city.

"Houses in Petrinja have collapsed. Tiles have fallen from the church, and the church is new. Part of one house has collapsed. People are on the streets, there is panic. There are buildings that are so damaged that citizens are afraid to enter them. We will try everything people who can't sleep in their homes to find solutions and save them."

The Zagreb airport reports that no damage was caused by the earthquake: "Inspection and control of the building determined that there was no damage in the building itself or on the runway or other maneuvering areas. After the establishment of operating systems, traffic resumed at 06.55. according to the flight schedule."

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