New, strong earthquake in Croatia – at least seven dead
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The tremors were also noticeable in Austria, parts of Italy and even Munich: In Croatia the earth shook again. The neighboring country Slovenia switched off a nuclear power plant.
Ein a severe earthquake shook Croatia on Tuesday. At least seven people were killed in the violent earthquake in central Croatia. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic named the new number of victims on Tuesday evening. The previous official interim balance had recorded six deaths. The death toll will “probably” continue to rise, said Plenkovic.
The center of the particularly affected city of Petrinja is practically in ruins, it said. Photos, circulating on Twitter seem to confirm this. Serious damage was also reported from the capital, Zagreb.
In neighboring Slovenia, the Krsko nuclear power plant was shut down because of the tremors. It is a precautionary measure, said a spokeswoman for the facility for the AFP news agency.
The earthquake was also felt in several neighboring countries of Croatia. It was the second quake in just 30 hours. The earthquakes had reached a magnitude of 6.3, the epicenter was 46 kilometers southeast of the capital Zagreb, the seismological center for the European Mediterranean announced on Tuesday.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised the country help. “We are ready to support,” she wrote after talking to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on twitter. She asked the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Janez Lenarcic to travel to the earthquake area as soon as possible. “We stand on the side of Croatia,” emphasized von der Leyen.
A tremor was also felt on Monday
The earth had already shaken in this area on Monday, at that time with a magnitude of 5.2 and 5.0. These tremors were also felt in neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina. Only in March did a 5.4 magnitude earthquake in Zagreb cause major damage. A youth had died and more than two dozen people were injured.
The regional television station N1 reported from the city of Petrinja, which was already affected on Monday, that a building there had crashed into a car. Film footage showed how fire fighters tried to clear debris from the vehicle. A person was sitting in the car, reported the transmitter.
In Austria, the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Vienna (ZAMG) spoke of a strength of 6.1. The quake was noticeable in many regions of Austria, for example in Carinthia, Styria and the Vienna area. Even in the Munich area, the Technical University of Munich reported measurable vibrations, as reported by Radio Gong.
The earthquake was also felt in some areas of Italy, as the Italian civil protection authority announced. The authority is in contact with their local facilities. Numerous Italian users wrote on Twitter that they had felt the quake.