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Powerful earthquake strikes Croatia: “We have dead children”

A robust earthquake hit central Croatia on Tuesday, destroying buildings and sending panicked individuals fleeing into rubble-covered streets in a city southeast of the capital. Authorities mentioned 5 individuals had been killed and no less than 20 had been injured.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Heart mentioned a magnitude 6.3 quake hit 28 miles southeast of Zagreb. It brought on widespread harm within the hardest-hit city of Petrinja. The identical space was struck by a 5.2 quake on Monday.

Officers mentioned a 12-year-old woman died in Petrinja, a city of some 25,000 individuals. One other 4 individuals had been killed in villages close to the city, in response to the state HRT tv. No less than 20 individuals had been hospitalized, two with severe accidents, officers mentioned.

“The middle of Petrinja because it was now not exists,” HRT reported, saying individuals remained inside collapsed buildings.

“My city has been fully destroyed. We’ve lifeless youngsters,” Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbovic mentioned in a press release broadcast by HRT. “That is like Hiroshima – half of town now not exists.”

Marica Pavlovic, a resident, mentioned the quake felt “worse than a conflict.”

“It was horrible, a shock, you do not know what to do, whether or not to expire or cover someplace,” she informed The Related Press.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and different authorities ministers arrived in Petrinja after the earthquake.

“The most important a part of central Petrinja is in a crimson zone, which signifies that a lot of the buildings should not usable,” Plenkovic mentioned.

He mentioned the military has 500 locations prepared in barracks to deal with individuals, whereas others can be accommodated in close by lodges and different locations.

“Nobody should keep out within the chilly tonight,” the prime minister mentioned.

Officers later toured a broken hospital within the close by city of Sisak, which was additionally badly hit by the earthquake.

Plenkovic mentioned the hospital’s sufferers can be evacuated in military helicopters and in ambulances. Well being officers mentioned a child was delivered in a tent in entrance of the hospital within the aftermath of the earthquake.

European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned on Twitter that she spoke with Plenkovic and instructed an envoy to journey to Croatia as quickly as potential.

As a Mediterranean nation, Croatia is vulnerable to earthquakes, however not large ones. The final robust quake struck within the Nineties when the picturesque Adriatic coast village of Ston was destroyed.

Regional TV channel N1 reported from Petrinja {that a} collapsed constructing had fallen on a automobile. The footage confirmed firefighters making an attempt to take away the particles. A person and a small boy finally had been rescued from the automobile and carried into an ambulance.

Fallen bricks and dirt littered the streets as emergency groups used rescue canine whereas on the lookout for survivors within the rubble. A lady was discovered alive some 4 hours after the earthquake, rescuers mentioned.

The Croatian army was deployed in Petrinja to assist with the rescue operation.

Croatian seismologist Kresimir Kuk described the earthquake as “extraordinarily robust,” far stronger than one other one which hit Zagreb and close by areas within the spring. He warned individuals to maintain out of probably shaky previous buildings and transfer to newer areas of town due to aftershocks.

Within the capital, individuals bumped into the streets in worry.

The earthquake was felt all through the nation and in neighboring Serbia, Bosnia and Slovenia. It was felt as distant as Graz in southern Austria, the Austria Press Company reported.

Authorities in Slovenia mentioned the Krsko nuclear energy plant was quickly shut down following the earthquake. The ability plant is collectively owned by Slovenia and Croatia and positioned close to their border.

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