A strong earthquake has hit central Croatia, with injuries reported as well as considerable damage to buildings southeast of the capital.
The earthquake was felt throughout the country on Tuesday, as well as in neighboring Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Center said a magnitude earthquake hit 46km (17 miles) southeast of Zagreb.
Initial reports said the earthquake caused wide damage, collapsing roofs, building facades, and even some entire buildings.
The same area was struck by a 5.2 quake on Monday.
According to the sources in the town witnessed a child and their father being pulled from a car buried in the rubble.
Croatian Red Cross said it was responding to a “very serious” situation in Petrinja following the earthquake.
Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at Imperial College in London, tweeted: “We can probably expect quite a strong shaking and hence some damage to buildings from this earthquake.”
Slovenia’s Krsko nuclear power plant was been shut down as a precaution, the plant’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.
“I can confirm the preventive shutdown,” spokeswoman Ida Novak Jerele said.
In Zagreb, people ran out into the streets and parks in fear. Many reportedly were leaving the city, ignoring a travel ban imposed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Croatian seismologist Kresimir Kuk described the earthquake as “extremely strong,” far stronger than another one that hit Zagreb and nearby areas in spring. He warned people to keep out of potentially shaky, old buildings and move to the newer areas of the city because of the aftershocks.
Croatian media said people were injured by the quake, but could not initially say how many amid the confusion and downed phone lines.
In Petrinja, streets were littered with fallen bricks and dust, and many houses were completely destroyed. The Croatian military was deployed in Petrinja to help with the rescue operation.