Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Two More Earthquakes Registered in Zagreb Area

ZAGREB, March 25, 2020 - The Seismological Service registered two more earthquakes in the Zagreb area on Tuesday evening, with the epicentres at Markuševec, just north of the capital.

The first quake, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, occurred at 8.53 pm and the second one, measuring 2.2, at 8.55 pm.

The intensity at the epicentre of the first tremor was of IV degree on the Mercalli scale, while the second one reached an intensity of II-III degree.

The Zagreb area was hit by a 5.5 magnitude earthquake at 6.24 am on Sunday, leaving considerable property damage and fatally injuring a 15-year-old girl. It was followed by a string of 74 lower magnitude tremors over the next 42 hours, ranging from 5.1 to below 2.0 degrees on the Richter scale.

More earthquake news can be found in the Lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Russian Ambassador Azimov, Moscow, Saint Petersburg Offering Assistance to Zagreb

ZAGREB, March 24, 2020 - The Zagreb crisis management head Pavle Kalinić on Monday announced that the city authorities would set up a special support fund and that many, including Russia's Ambassador to Croatia, Anvar Azimov, the cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg offered support to the quake-hit Croatian capital city.

Kalinić told the commercial RTL broadcaster that experts from the Faculty of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture had been also engaged to help in efforts to assess the extent of damage on buildings in the city.

He recalled that statics experts had inspected 450 damaged buildings during the day and added that a lot of chimneys had been damaged and that falling bricks had caused more damage to pavements and parked cars.

More news about the earthquake can be found in the Lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

74 Tremors Recorded in Wider Zagreb Area in Last 42 Hours

ZAGREB, March 24, 2020 - A total of 74 tremors were registered in Zagreb and its surroundings between the first earthquake that struck the area at 6.24 am on Sunday, which measured 5.5 on the Richter scale, and midnight on Monday, a graph posted by the national seismological service on its Twitter account shows.

A majority of earthquakes, namely 42 of them, measured up to 2 degrees on the Richter scale, the magnitude of 23 of them was between 3 and 4 degrees, one measured 5 and the most destructive was the first one, measuring 5.5.

The last earthquake that was felt in and around Zagreb occurred at 8.49 pm on Monday, measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale. Its epicentre was near Markuševac, several kilometres north of the capital, where the intensity of the quake was between 3 and 4 degrees on the Mercalli scale.

More earthquake news can be found in the Lifestyle section.

Monday, 23 March 2020

More Than 7,000 Buildings to Be Assessed for Damage

ZAGREB, March 23, 2020 - Construction and Physical Planning Minister Predrag Štromar said on Monday that more than 7,000 buildings would be assessed for damage after a strong earthquake hit Zagreb on Sunday, and that 150 civil engineers were currently on the ground.

"All buildings will be visited and all analyses will be made in a few days," said Štromar, commending the Chamber of Civil Engineers for offering volunteers.

Štromar said he did not have final figures on the number of damaged facilities and that reports were still coming in.

Following analyses, lasting solutions will be defined, but the current accommodation capacity is sufficient to provide for all citizens who cannot stay in their apartments, he said.

Štromar said that apart from Zagreb also affected by the quake was Krapina-Zagorje County where statics experts had also been sent, and he called on other towns to report possible damage as well.

The minister thanked the Croatian Chamber of Architects, which is already assisting in making projects for the reconstruction of damaged buildings.

The ministry said today that State Secretary Danijel Meštrić was positive for coronavirus after he was tested on March 20.

He has been hospitalised in Varaždin with milder symptoms. People who were in contact with him - five ministry employees - are in self-isolation.

More news about the earthquake can be found in the Lifestyle section.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Most of Zagreb's Museums Damaged by Earthquakes

ZAGREB, March 23, 2020 - Most Zagreb museums situated in the centre of the city have suffered damage during the earthquakes that have occurred in Zagreb since Sunday, however, the full extent of the damage is yet to be assessed.

The Museum of Arts and Crafts on Sunday published a photograph which testifies to the extensive consequences of the quake and most curators began reporting on Monday on the situation in each of their museums.

Matea Brstilo Rešetar, the director of the Croatian History Museum told Hina that their building is no longer statically safe.

The director of the Schools Museum, Štefka Batinić, has informed that the museum is extensively damaged and that the building has been defined as not fit for use. The Arts and Crafts Museum and the Law Faculty situated around the Croatian National Theatre have also incurred some damage.

As far as theatre buildings are concerned the worst off is the Komedija Theatre, which will require significant repair works.

It seems that the Croatian National Theatre building has survived without any major damage but it is still waiting to be assessed by statics experts. Another three downtown theatres experienced slight damage.

The building housing Hina's offices in central Zagreb was severely damaged in the earthquake on Sunday, but the agency will continue to provide all its services to its clients round the clock.

Also the building housing the Croatian Journalists' Society was damaged in the disaster.

More news about the earthquake can be found in the Lifestyle section.

Monday, 23 March 2020

EU Helping Croatia in Mapping Earthquake-Hit Area

ZAGREB, March 23, 2020 - Several European Union member states have responded to Croatia's appeal for emergency relief aid after the Zagreb area was struck by a strong earthquake on Sunday, and the Copernicus emergency management service is helping map the affected areas, the European Commission said on Monday.

Croatia has activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the Commission has already helped by sending tents, beds, mattresses, heaters and sleeping bags from Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and Italy, Commission spokesman Eric Mamer told a video press conference.

In addition, the EU's Copernicus satellite programme, which provides information based on satellite observation of Earth, is helping map the affected area, he added.

The European Union is here to help Croatia in these difficult times. European aid is already on the way and I thank Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and Italy for their offer through the Civil Protection Mechanism. Our thoughts are with the people affected and with the national services on the ground. We are ready to provide further assistance, Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said.

More news about Croatia and the EU can be found in the Politics section.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Hina Building Severely Damaged in Earthquake, Public News Service Continues

ZAGREB, March 22, 2020 - The building housing Hina's offices in central Zagreb was severely damaged in the earthquake on Sunday, but the agency will continue to provide all its services to its clients round the clock.

All stories relating to the coronavirus outbreak in Croatia are available free of charge on Hina's website ( and the dedicated page on health ( Most of the stories on the earthquake that struck Zagreb and surrounding areas on Sunday morning are also available for free.

The agency's reporters, editors, photojournalists, translators, language subeditors, IT specialists and other staff are doing all they can to ensure the smooth functioning of the public news service and provide the public with accurate and timely information while observing the professional and ethical standards of journalism, the management said in a press release.

More news about the earthquake can be found in the Lifestyle section.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Minister: Construction, Industry, Supply Sectors Functioning Well

ZAGREB, March 23, 2020 - Economy Minister Darko Horvat said on Monday that the coronavirus infection and Sunday's quake had not brought the Croatian economy to a halt, and pointed out the resilience of the industry and the construction sector as well as the normal functioning of supply chains.

The economy has not ceased to function, some industrial branches have to step up their production, for instance food and protective equipment producing businesses, Horvat told the Croatian Television on Monday morning.

The construction and the provision of supplies are functioning without any major hitch, he said.

The minister said that buffer stocks were almost full.

More coronavirus news can be found in the Politics section.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Jandroković: MPs Won't Convene in Parliament House Due to Damage

ZAGREB, March 22, 2020 - Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković on Sunday said that given the damage to Parliament House in the wake of the earthquake that hit Zagreb this morning, sessions cannot be held there until further notice.

Parliament House in Zagreb's Upper Town has suffered significant damage in the earthquake and the electricity, water and gas have been turned off.

"The damage is quite extensive. Walls and stairways have cracked on the upper floor and one section of the roof has been destroyed. The courtyard part of Parliament House has incurred more damage than the front," Jandroković told reporters.

Seeing that the earthquake occurred during the weekend, the Sabor was not in session and only members of the guard were in the building at the time of the earthquake.

"We will see what the damage is. However, that is not the main thing at the moment and it is more important to assist our people who have been left without a roof over their head," Jandroković said.

"We will see what we will do, whether we will convene in the small chamber or look for other premises," Jandroković said, adding that he was confident a solution would be found for the legislature to sit and continue adopting laws.

Parliament was supposed to sit on Wednesday.

More politics news can be found in the dedicated section.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Zagreb Earthquake: Second Rumble in Few Days Felt in Capital

Just a few days ago, a small earthquake could be felt in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, and now just a few days later, the city has been given another small but noticeable shake. The most recent Zagreb earthquake struck this morning, and was felt in the eastern part of the city.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 26th of November, 2018, as has been stated from the Seismological Service, there should be no damage from an earthquake of this magnitude. 

Although the earthquake wasn't strong in itself or in its effects, it was enough to unnerve some of Zagreb's citizens who say they heard and felt the unexpected rumble. The epicenter of this earthquake, the magnitude of which was measured at 2.5 degrees, was somewhere between Sesvete and Kašina.

It was felt by citizens in the eastern part of Zagreb.

"This one didn't last for very long either, but it seems to me that it was longer than the one from the other day was," one reader of Poslovni Dnevnik wrote.

To briefly recall, a slightly bigger earthquake, of a 2.7 magnitude,shook the area of Velika Gorica just two days ago, and the unwelcome effects of that, however small, could be felt by Zagreb's residents as well.

No damage, physical or otherwise, has been reported as a consequence of either of these earthquakes.

Are you currently in the city, and did you feel this most recent Zagreb earthquake? 

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