There was a strong earthquake in Croatia on Sunday, March 22 at 6:24 local time. The German Research Centre for Geological Sciences (GFZ) initially called the magnitude 6.0 and later revised the intensity of the tremors to a magnitude of 5.3. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude of 5.4.
The epicenter of the natural catastrophe was marked on 7 km from Zagreb and the earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km.
No information about the victims has been received yet.
Initial reports and eyewitness testimonies which are posted on social network show us damage of buildings. Sometimes shingles fell from the roofs of houses, large fragments of facades broke off and collapsed on the roadway. People reported about cracks on the walls inside the buildings.
Electricity in some parts of the city was temporarily cut off. Fallen pieces of masonry damaged parked cars in some streets are in almost each video. One of the spires of the famous Zagreb Cathedral was destroyed.
The second 5.0 magnitude earthquake in Croatia occurred at 7:03 local time and the epicenter was recorded 9 km on the north of Zagreb at a depth of 5 km this time.
Tremor was also felt in most of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria. The earthquake occurred in the next day after the Croatian capital was quarantined due to the spread of coronavirus. Locals panicked and left the buildings. The authorities urged citizens to remember the quarantine measures and not to gather into large groups.
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