Croatia Earthquake 2020: The 6.3-magnitude tremor on Tuesday damaged most of the buildings near its epicenter in Petrinja, i.e. a town of 25,000 people, rendering them unusable and their occupant homeless, authorities said.
The victims included a 13-year-old girl and a father and son who died together in earthquake. 26 people were injured, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said.
Croatia Earthquake 2020: aftershocks felt in Croatia, After deadly earthquake
The temblor, which rattled Europeans as far away as Rome and Vienna, was more powerful than both a 5.2 earthquake on Monday and a similar-sized tremor that caused approx $6 billion in damage when it hit the capital of Zagreb in March.
Aftershocks, including two measuring 4.8 and 4.6, hit the area before dawn on Wednesday, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.
“This morning we were hit by the third, if not the fourth earthquake,” Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbovic said on state TV’s Good Morning show. “Everything that has not yet fallen is falling from the ruins of Petrinja.”
The disaster adds to an already difficult year for the Adriatic European Union member state, which is still busy repairing the 20,000 buildings damaged during the March quake while also tackling one of the bloc’s worst surges in coronavirus cases and a record economic recession.
Plenkovic vowed the government will repair the damage, the extent of which hasn’t been estimated yet. While the government abolished a virus-triggered ban on movement between counties so those whose homes were destroyed could stay with relatives, he urged people to continue following social-distancing guidelines.
“We are appealing to people to stick to epidemiological measures,” Plenkovic told reporters. “We still have a problem with the coronavirus pandemic.”
Authorities evacuated the damaged hospital in the nearby city of Sisak, the region’s largest, taking patients to Zagreb. Buildings were also damaged in the capital, about 50-kilometers away.