Seven reported dead as an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hit European nation Croatia; death toll could go higher, says Croatian PM.


CROATIA: As many as seven people killed and several dozens wounded when a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on Richter scale shook Central Croatia on Tuesday. Thousands of residents displaced many buildings demolished and the rescue workers were still on the search for missing people.

According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center, the epicentre of the earthquake was located some 46 kilometres southeast of Croatian capital Zagreb at around 12:20 pm local time. The town of Petrinja was the hardest-hit. The same region was struck by another tremor of magnitude 5.2 on Monday.

Rescue workers were pressed into emergency mode, searching survivors in the mound of debris, which was spread far and wide across the town.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic appealed people not to visit Petrinja, the town closest to the epicentre of the earthquake. He said the death figures may rise as they still didn’t know the exact numbers of people who have died. The estimated death figure was seven, but expect the death toll to go higher.


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