Croatia: Emergency services seen in Petrinja after earthquake
The quake happened in Petrinja region this morning, sending shockwaves through the surrounding areas. At least 20 people were rushed to a hospital in Sisak, seven miles from Petrinja. Croatian government official Tomo Medved confirmed a child had been killed in Petrinja while five more people died near Glina. Petrinja’s mayor, Darinko Dumbovic, announced on a local TV broadcast that his town has been “completely destroyed”.
He said: “We have dead children. Half of the city no longer exists. The city has been demolished, the city is no longer liveable. We need help.”
According to the United States Geographical Survey (USGS), the scientific agency of the US government, the quake had a magnitude strength of 6.4.
It caused extensive damage to buildings in the area south of Zagreb.
The Croatian Red Cross said rescuers had rushed to the scene of the quake to help with the recovery efforts.
The N1 news channel carried footage of rescuers in Petrinja pulling out a man and a child from debris. Both were alive.
Other footage showed a house with a roof caved in. The reporter said she did not know if anyone was inside.
Another report on Croatian TV showed a car destroyed by falling bricks. A man was reportedly safely evacuated from the vehichle which was smashed to pieces by falling debris.
A video posted by Croatian Red Cross shows panicked rescuers running through a heavily damaged street strewn with bricks and debris.
They tweeted: “Strong earthquake again. The situation in Petrinja is very serious. The Red Crisis teams are on the field.”
Photos posted online show panicked residents running on streets littered with bricks.
In one snap, a roadside kiosk can be seen surrounded by food and drinks which had fallen from shelves.
Workers wearing hi-vis vests and helmets can be seen in the scene of chaos.
The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences said the quake hit at a depth of six miles (10km).
Tremors from the quake were Reports on social media suggested tremors were also felt in the Germany city of Munich as well as parts of Italy and Hungary.
Croatian media said a 12-year-old had been confirmed dead in Petrinja while a second person is reported to have died near Glina.
Emergency workers were searching for a family trapped under the rubble in the Glina area.
One man wrote on Twitter: “We felt in Hungary, as well Pécs (5 secs), Barcs (5 secs), Nagykanizsa (2 min).
“These are southern cities close to the Croatian border.”
And another person, who said they live 88 miles from the epicentre of the quake, said their apartment block was shaking.
The person tweeted: “Felt it pretty good in an apartment complex, whole block was wobbly.
“We never feal ANY quake at all like this. Last 50 years wasn’t something strong as this. 142 km from epicentre.”
One person living in the coastal Croatian city of Rijeka, 90 miles from Petrinja, said they could also feel the quake.
They said: “Felt it in Rijeka twice in a row, like 5-8 mins apart. “First one was stronger and longer.”
Slovenia: Earthquake rattles parliament building in Ljubljana
A power plant in neighbouring Slovenia has been forced to closed due to the quake.
Jernej Vrtovec, Slovenia’s minister for infrastructure, said: “Due to the strong earthquake, the Krško NPP is safely stopped.
“The shutdown was due to the automatic operation of the turbine protection. After the first inspection without consequences, so safety is not compromised.”
A video of politicians speaking in the Slovenian parliament in Ljubljana shows politicians running for cover as the building shook violently.
Shockwaves were felt in most districts of Naples.
Tuesday morning’s quake comes just a day after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit near Croatia’s capital Zagreb.
Limited damage was caused to buildings in the city.
Tremors were felt in neighbouring Bosnia.
In March, an earthquake of magnitude 5.3 hit Zagreb causing one death and injuring 27 people.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.