Powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Croatia

 Wednesday, December 30, 2020 


 A most powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hit Croatia, killing a 12-year-old girl and causing widespread damage in a town near the capital Zagreb. The firefighters rescued a man and a boy trapped in a car buried in rubble in Petrinja after buildings collapsed, leaving the streets littered with fallen bricks and dust.

At least 20 people were hospitalized with injuries, two with serious ones, according to officials.

Darinko Dumbovic said that his town has been completely destroyed, we have dead children. This is like Hiroshima – half of the city no longer exists. The city has been demolished, the city is no longer liveable. They need help.

The Croatian military was deployed in Petrinja to help with the rescue operation and the Croatian Red Cross described the situation as “very serious” as it despatched crisis teams to the area.

Prime minister Andrej Plenkovic said he was on the way to the town “after another devastating earthquake, which was felt in many parts of Croatia.”

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