A strong M6.4 earthquake struck central Croatia, just 46km (17 miles) southeast of Zagreb on December 29, 2020.
The powerful jolt has killed at least one girl and injured several dozens.
As a result of the big shake up, many phone and power lines were downed, and multiple buildings collapsed, sending Croatians into a state of shock.
The earthquake was felt throughout the country on Tuesday, as well as in neighbouring Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and as far away as Graz in southern Austria (see map above).
Petrinja extensive damage
Considerable damage to buildings were reported in Petrinja, a town about 60km (37 miles) southeast of the capital Zagreb, where witnesses describe scenes of chaos as emergency services rush to find survivors and treat the injured.
Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbovic said in a statement: “My town has been completely destroyed, we have dead children. This is like Hiroshima – half of the city no longer exists.”
“The center of Petrinja as it used to be no longer exists. One girl died and there are injuries and people inside collapsed buildings.”
“More victims are expected. Army, firefighters, ambulance – everyone is here. I’ve seen firefighters and ambulance cars arrive, emergency workers checked a child for a pulse and transferred them to hospital.
Croatian Red Cross said it was facing a “very serious” situation in Petrinja.
In another city called Sisak, about 8.5 miles (14km) from Petrinja, was inside a shop when the earthquake struck damage to buildings and businesses is also big. A witness explains: “Everything collapsed, all of our things are inside. I don’t know what to expect. I am still shaking, I can still feel the earthquake.”
The same area was struck by a 5.2 quake on Monday. According to officials, this Croatia earthquake was “extremely strong”, far stronger than the one that hit Zagreb in March 2020 that killed 1 and injured 27.
Slovenia’s Krsko nuclear power plant was shut down as a precaution.
Due to the strong earthquake, the Krško Nuclear Plant has stopped safely. The shutdown was due to the automatic operation of the turbine protection. First inspection showed no consequences, safety is not compromised. #potres #earthquake— Ministrstvo za infrastrukturo (@mzi_rs) December 29, 2020