ZAGREB, Dec 29 (Hina) – The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said on Tuesday that an estimated 6 million people had felt the magnitude 6.2. earthquake that struck Croatia at 12.19 pm.
Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic said on Tuesday that the latest earthquake had caused 20 times less damage in Zagreb than the March 22 tremor.
“Luckily there are no casualties (in Zagreb). We have some people with slight injuries and the people are in panic. They are mostly people who were stuck in lifts… we can understand them as they have experienced about 50 tremors over the past months,” Mayor Bandic said while touring Zagreb to see the damage caused.
He said that damage was visible but that it was not serious and that cleaning would continue throughout the night.
The United States Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program said that the tremor had been felt in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The epicentre was near Petrinja, about 50 kilometres southeast of Zagreb.
Buildings in Zagreb damaged by latest quake, no casualties reported
The devastating earthquake caused damage to several buildings in the capital, the head of emergency services in the City of Zagreb, Pavle Kalinic told Hina on Tuesday.
The earthquake could be felt throughout the Croatia and in neighbouring countries.
Zagreb’s KB Sveti Duh hospital sustained damage in Tuesday’s earthquake, the situation was dramatic because some patients were in labour and surgeries were underway, and we are now 100% focused on taking care of patients, hospital director Mladen Busic told Hina.
No injured in Zagreb’s KBC Sestre Milosrdnice hospital, minor material damage
There are no injured in the KBC Sestre Milosrdnice hospital, there is minor material damage, and most patients who left the building during the earthquake have returned to the hospital, Davor Vagic, advisor to the KBC’s director, told Hina.
The hospital’s buildings are still being checked, but according to available information the damage sustained is not significant, Vagic said.
As for the Arena Zagreb sports hall, which has been turned into an inpatient clinic for COVID patients, it is stable and the patients are safe, he added.
More photos from Zagreb in the moments after the earthquake below: