Croatia earthquake toll rises to seven as search continues

  • Officials are racing to discover survivors of the Croatian earthquake.
  • The 6.4-magnitude quake killed at the very least seven folks.
  • Six folks have been rescued with the assistance of canine.

A search for survivors in Croatia stretched into the night time on Tuesday after a strong earthquake killed at the very least seven folks within the nation’s inside, tearing down rooftops and piling bricks within the streets.

The 6.4-magnitude quake was felt as far afield as Vienna however the heavy harm was concentrated in and round Petrinja, a city of round 20 000 some 50km south of Croatia’s capital Zagreb.

Rescue groups shovelled away particles in search of victims as night time fell after the mid-day tremor, whereas the European Union introduced that extra assist was on its method.

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Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic stated late on Tuesday that seven victims had been discovered up to now and that there would “probably be more”.

Among the lifeless was a younger lady in Petrinja, reported to be 12 years previous, and at the very least 5 folks in a close-by village, in accordance to Croatian police, who stated that round 20 folks have been injured.

Six folks have been rescued from the rubble with the assistance of canine, Croatia’s Mountain Rescue Service stated.

Volunteers and followers of the Croatian soccer membership Dinamo clear rubble from broken buildings in Petrinja.


Many in Petrinja have been afraid to return house at night time in concern of aftershocks, whereas harm from the quake left a lot of the buildings within the downtown space “unfit for use”, in accordance to development consultants.

“All the tiles in the bathroom are broken, all the dishes fell out,” stated Marica Pavlovic, a 72-year-old retired meat manufacturing facility employee of the harm to her condo.

“Even if we wanted to, we can’t go back in, there is no electricity,” she stated, huddled with others in a downtown park, wrapped in blankets.

Some folks opted to spend the night time of their vehicles or stick with kinfolk in different cities, whereas practically 200 took shelter in a army barracks.

In the close by city of Sisak, additionally badly broken by the quake, colleges opened their sports activities halls to those that couldn’t sleep at house.

The EU’s disaster administration chief, Janez Lenarcic, stated the bloc was getting ready help and that he would go to Petrinja on Wednesday.

“At the moment, mostly winter tents, electric heaters, sleeping beds and sleeping bags are needed as well as housing containers”, Lenarcic wrote on Twitter.

Petrinja’s mayor Darinko Dumbovic stated a kindergarten was among the many buildings that collapsed from the pressure of the quake. Luckily, it was empty on the time.

“The city is actually a huge ruin,” Dumbovic informed nationwide radio.

“We are saving people, we are saving lives. We have dead people, we have missing people, injured people… it is a catastrophe.”

Major fault traces

The earthquake, which hit round 11:30 GMT in accordance to the US Geological Survey, rattled Petrinja and the encompassing space only a day after a smaller earthquake struck in the identical neighborhood, inflicting some harm to buildings.

Josip Horvat, a 44-year-old artist, stated that when Tuesday’s tremor struck he was fixing a buddy’s chimney that had been broken the day past.

“I grabbed the gutter and I was just praying to God that it ends as soon as possible,” he stated.

Tuesday’s quake additionally shook the capital Zagreb, the place panicked residents gathered within the streets as the shocks tore the tiles off roofs.

The tremors reverberated throughout neighbouring international locations, together with Serbia and Slovenia, which as a precaution shut down the Krsko nuclear energy plant it co-owns with Croatia.

Zagreb continues to be rebuilding from a 5.3-magnitude quake that struck in March, probably the most highly effective to hit the capital in a long time.

The Balkan area lies on main fault traces and sees common earthquakes.

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