A 6.4 magnitude earthquake brought havoc to Croatia on Tuesday that left 7 dead and many injured. The search operation is still on in the rubble of damaged buildings to search for survivors. Among the dead, a 12-year-old girl was also killed in Petrinja confirmed by the prime minister as he visited the town.
Speaking to the News Agency, the Prime Minister’s deputy said that five people died in the nearby town of Glina. According to the state media report, seventh victims were found in the rubble of a church in Žažina. The earthquake destroyed about half of the town.
The earthquake was felt in the Croatian capital Zagreb, in neighboring Bosnia and Serbia, far from Italy. One woman was pulled alive from the rubble of the town hall in Petrinja on Tuesday, Croatian media reported. Military personnel also used helicopters to carry the injured to the hospital.
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Darinko Dumbović, the mayor of Petrinja said, “We are pulling people from the cars, we don’t know if we have dead or injured, there is general panic, people are looking for their loved ones.” Another weaker tremor hit Petrinja, home to 20,000 people, while the mayor was speaking to the reporters.
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