ZAGREB, March 22 (Hina) – Croatian Army General Tihomir Kundid said on Sunday 250 soldiers were clearing up the rubble in the centre of Zagreb following this morning’s earthquakes, voicing confidence they would finish the job today.
Speaking for the public broadcaster, Kundid said the army was at the highest state of alert.
By 11 a.m., Zagreb police received reports about 66 damaged buildings and 23 cars, most in the city centre. There has been no confirmed casaulties although a 15-year-old girl is in a critical condition and 14 others were reported with slight injuries.
The city introduced a toll free phone number, 0800 8805, for citizens directly affected by the quakes.
The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale and it was followed by another two stronger tremors.
“This morning’s earthquake, which occurred a little after 6 this morning, measured 5.5 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was in Markusevac and Cucerje in eastern Zagreb. After that, two stronger tremors were felt, particularly in Zagreb and its surroundings, one was 5.0 and the other 3.7 on the Richter scale,” Seismological Service head Ines Ivancic told a press conference.