A new powerful earthquake has hit Croatia. There are already seven confirmed victims – one of them is a child who died at the epicenter of the disaster.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck again between the towns of Sisak and Petrinja at 13:20 Bulgarian time. The epicenter was 47km southeast of Zagreb, where serious damage was also done.
The aftershocks lasted all afternoon. The country’s president and prime minister are already in the region.
It is the first so serious in 140 years. There are no data on injured Bulgarian citizens.
There are many human stories behind the disaster. Famous Croatian singer Lana Jurcevic accidentally captured the moment of the quake during a live Instagram connection.
The quake also interrupted the press conference of the mayor of Sisak. In the town of Petrinja, the earthquake took the life of a 12-year-old girl. People are buried under the rubble. Shouts are heard, rescuers say.
People are jumping off the roofs they are repairing after yesterday’s quake. Sirens of emergency crews and firefighters are ringing.
The city of Sisak is also in ruins. The town hall and the roof of the city hospital collapsed.
In Zagreb, 50km from the epicenter, former footballer Vanya Djaferovic compares yesterday’s quake to today’s.
“It was much scarier. It was much longer and longer than yesterday. For about 20 seconds the whole house shook. We took the children immediately. We went out by car, we left home, now we are coming home. “There is a total collapse in Zagreb, cars can’t pass, ambulances can’t pass, the situation is terrible,” Dzaferovic said.
The military is helping to deal with the damage. The building of the Ministry of Defense was seriously damaged, a hospital was evacuated.
“It was awful! Pieces of the walls began to fall. Everything in the hospital was shaking. We were in the room with a woman, her child was on systems, we pulled the systems to save him. Scary! ”Says a local resident.
Neshko Neshev from Zagreb says that people do not dare to go home.
There are no victims among the Bulgarian community in the country, but the connection with our compatriots has been difficult due to the lack of electricity and the disrupted communications. And this Wednesday in the area hangs a strong storm with rain and snow.
In Croatia, they are already organizing to help those affected. Local people offer shelter and basic necessities on social networks, and a number of companies have mobilized.
“We found that everyone was healthy and alive, of course, quite shaken by the psychological shock and the search for loved ones. Cracks have been found in the embassy building, but we will inspect when the electricity comes on, “said Bulgarian Ambassador Genka Georgieva.
Europe is ready to help, wrote EC President Ursula von der Leyen.
In Slovenia, parliament was evacuated and lawmakers fled in panic. The local nuclear power plant, located 100 km from the epicenter, was also shut down. There are also defeats in northeastern Bosnia.
Today’s quake in Croatia is more than 30 times more powerful than the strongest felt yesterday. Monday’s quake near Zagreb had a magnitude of 5.2 and today’s magnitude 6.4. In March, Croatia was rocked by another strong quake, which injured dozens.
According to seismologists, it is possible that the strong earthquakes at the beginning of the year were related to the strong earthquake today.
“It’s a seismic zone. This is due to the fact that it is located on the border of the Adriatic microplate and there are fault structures, which are characterized by an earthquake of greater magnitude. The very fact that this area of Croatia is characterized by old construction and therefore major destruction is observed. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict such a thing. It is not something that can be studied and estimated after how long the earthquake will happen there, “said seismologist Dragomir Dragomirov from NIGGG at BAS.
The quake was also felt in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia, but not in Bulgaria.
Our country is ready to help Croatia after the devastating earthquake there. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva in a conversation with her Croatian counterpart Gordan Garlic-Radman.