Seven Dead Following Devastating Petrinja Earthquake

By 29 December 2020
Seven Dead Following Devastating Petrinja Earthquake
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December 29, 2020 - Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbović has confirmed to 24Sata that a child was killed in the Petrinja earthquake. As he says, half of the city is destroyed.

- This is terrible. There are dead people, there are injured people. We saw one child die in the square. The center of Petrinja was destroyed. Our seven engineers were left buried in this building, but we managed to get them out. This is a disaster, send all the help you have - one of the engineers who went to assess the damage told us.

The area of Petrinja was hit by an earthquake of 6.2 on the Richter scale shortly after noon, reports EMSC.

The latest - more powerful - earthquake struck shortly after midday and was felt throughout all of Croatia. 

The situation is still evolving, and you can follow live updates here

This article has been updated to include the latest important information regarding the Petrinja earthquake

According to the latest information from the Ministry of the Interior (MUP), seven people have now been confirmed dead: a 12-year-old girl from Petrinja, a 20-year-old man from one house, a grandfather from another and a father and son from the same house in Majske Poljane near Glina. Glina Deputy Mayor Branka Baksic Mitic confirmed the aforementioned for Index. It was later confirmed that another male had also died in Majske Poljane. The seventh person was a man, the situation around which isn't yet clear, but it was known he was at a church in Zazina.

At least six people were seriously injured and 20 were injured to a lesser degree, the Ministry of the Interior later announced.