Zagreb, the Croatian capital, was hit by the biggest earthquake in 140 years. On Sunday, an earthquake shook the capital while it was on lockdown, damaging buildings, crushing cars, and injuring residents. The authorities confirmed 17 injuries, including a 15-year-old who was classified as critical.
A teen was confirmed injured by a collapsing roof. It was earlier news that the 15-year-old was dead, but the doctors later made it clear that she was in critical condition and they were doing what they could do to save her life. They did not give a detailed explanation of the extent of the other 16 injuries confirmed.
Also, it caused panic, hospital evacuation and widespread damage, including the iconic cathedrals. It caused chaos when people were forced to depart their apartment and go to the streets. Also, it caused power offs in some parts of the town.
The Reuters news agency reported that a church bell tower was damaged and a building collapsed. Things that fell off the shelves, broken bottles and glass in the houses were captured in the photos and pictures of the residents. Several fires have also been reported.
The streets in the city center were also littered with rubble, cars were crushed from concrete slabs and chimneys blocked the front entrances.
It was recorded how a mother in nightgowns hugs her newborn in a parking lot as he removes the damaged incubators from the maternity home. With the help of the army, she moved it to a new location in freezing temperatures.
This strike at around 6:00 a.m. local time caused more confusion amid this self –isolation time where people are asked to keep their distance and not to gather.
According to the GEX German Research Center for Geosciences, the earthquake in the western Balkans occurred at a depth of 10 km. This is a downgrade from 6.0 to 5.3. on the other hand, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported a magnitude of 5.3 and the US Geological Survey confirmed it has a magnitude of 5.4.
A witness has confirmed that the earthquake lasted more than 10 seconds and was by far the strongest encounter, followed by several aftershocks.
The hit, which Prime Minister Andrej Planktonic claimed to be the largest in the past 140 years, collapsed the top of one of the two towers of the city’s legendary cathedral.
Guy Delauney of the BBC in the region says the earthquake has given some residents reason to go to their vacation homes on the coast.
The earthquake triggered by BBC Guy Delauney was an occasion for some residents to set out at the expense of their vacation homes. However, the police closed the highway in the early afternoon. They also set up a checkpoint to prevent people from entering coastal areas.
The Mayor of Zagreb advised the residents to return to their homes amid the fear of the coronavirus. There are now 333,403 confirmed cases and the virus has killed 14,611 people. Italy has recorded the highest deaths 5,476, followed by China
3,261 and Spain 1,756.