At least six people were killed on Tuesday in the severe earthquake in Croatia. In addition, at least 26 people were injured, local authorities said. Six of them suffered serious injuries.
Tuesday afternoon’s earthquake had a magnitude of 6.4 and was felt in other countries as well. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Petrinja, a village about 50 kilometers from the Croatian capital Zagreb.
The situation in Petrinja is “very serious”, according to the Croatian Red Cross. Many buildings were damaged or collapsed. The mayor told local media that half of the city was destroyed by the quake. The towns of Sisak and Glina were also affected.
Among the victims killed, a twelve-year-old girl. The death toll may rise further. The rescuers look for the victims and are assisted by the army. Several people were abducted alive from under the rubble.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who visited the affected area immediately after the earthquake was announced, said people should be evacuated as Petrinja is currently not safe. It is not known how many residents need safe shelter.
Tuesday’s earthquake is the second in a short time for Croatia. On Monday, an earthquake was also observed in the vicinity of Petrinja. It had a magnitude of 5.2.