Zagreb, Croatia (AP) – Strong earthquake hit Central Croatia on Tuesday, causing great damage to homes and other buildings in the southeast city of the capital. Authorities said a girl was killed and at least 20 people were injured in the earthquake.
The European Mediterranean seismology center said that 6.3 earthquakes reached 46 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of Zagreb. The initial report said the earthquake caused wide damage, collapsing roof, building facade and even the entire building.
The same area was shocked by the 5.2 earthquake on Monday and several smaller aftershocks felt on Tuesday.
The managers said that a 12-year-old died in Petrinja, a city of some 25,000 inhabitants of the southeastern capital, which was touched the most difficult by the earthquake. At least 20 people were hospitalized with injuries, two with seriousness, they said.
“My town has been completely destroyed. We have dead children,” Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbovic said in a statement broadcast by HRT TV. “This is like Hiroshima – half of the city no longer exists.”
“The city has been demolished, the city is no longer livable,” he said. “We need help.”
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and other government ministers arrived in Petrinja after the earthquake.
“They are searching through the rubble to see if there is anyone else there,″ Plenkovic said. “The biggest part of central Petrinja is in a red zone, which means that most of the buildings are not usable.”
He said the army has 500 places ready in barracks to house people, while others will be accommodated in nearby hotels and other available places.
“No one must stay out in the cold tonight,” the prime minister said
The earthquake was felt across the country and in Serbia, Bosnia and the nearby Slovenia. Even felt as far as Graz in South Austria, the Austrian press agency reported.
The authorities in Slovenia said the Krsko nuclear power plant was temporarily closed after the earthquake. Power plants together owned by Slovenia and Croatia and are located near their borders.