A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake took apart structures in central Croatia on Tuesday, striking near the town of Petrinja where rescue teams raced to comb through the debris.
The tremor, among the strongest to rock Croatia recently, collapsed roofs in Petrinja, home to some 20,000 individuals, and left the streets strewn with bricks and other debris.
” We are pulling individuals from the vehicles, we do not understand if we have dead or hurt,” Darinko Dumbovic, the mayor of Petrinja told regional broadcaster N1.
” There is basic panic, people are trying to find their enjoyed ones,” he included.
Rescue workers and the army were deployed to look for caught homeowners, with no casualties at first reported.
” I’m terrified, I can’t reach anyone at home as the phone lines are dead,” one concerned lady in Petrinja informed N1.
The quake was also felt in the capital Zagreb, 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the epicentre, where tiles were duped roofs and worried homeowners gathered streets, according to an AFP reporter.
Electrical power was cut in the city centre.
Map finding an earthquake which struck Croatia on Tuesday. AFP/ Tupac POINTU
The quake, which struck around 1130 GMT according to the US Geological Study (USGS), rattled Petrinja just one day after a smaller sized earthquake struck the town, causing some damage to structures.
The tremors resounded throughout neighbouring countries, including Serbia, Slovenia and as far away as the Austrian capital Vienna.
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European Union leaders said they were carefully following the “devastating earthquake” in member state Croatia.
“We are prepared to support,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen composed on Twitter, including that the bloc’s civil defense team was “prepared to take a trip to Croatia as quickly as the scenario enables”.
Charles Michel, president of the European Council, said “our thoughts head out to the hurt and frontline workers”.
In March, Zagreb was harmed by a 5.3-magnitude quake, the most powerful to strike the capital decades.
The Balkan region lies on major fault lines and is frequently hit by earthquakes.