EMSC Users in Croatia Donate EUR 2,000 Since Petrinja Earthquake

Daniela Rogulj

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24 Sata reports that the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) thanked users from Croatia on its Twitter profile who donated more than 15,000 kuna, or 2,000 euro, since the devastating 6.3 earthquake hit the Petrinja area on December 29, 2020. 

“Just a short message to our users in #Croatia, we are very grateful for the more than 100 donations we received, for a total exceeding 2 000€ since #Petrinja earthquake! We really want to thank you knowing that our services have not been perfect -to say the least-! Stay safe” EMSC said on its Twitter, which you can see in the header photo above.

EMSC is often the target of criticism because their websites and the LastQuake application often collapse from the rush of traffic after a major earthquake. The Seismological Service is often criticized for publishing its earthquake data later. One of the reasons for this is the lack of financial resources.

The EMSC was established in 1975 on the European Seismological Commission’s recommendation, given that the Euro-Mediterranean region showed potentially dangerous seismic activity. It is headquartered in Bruyères le Châtel, a municipality on the southern outskirts of Paris, and is a non-profit NGO.

EMSC uses a unique earthquake detection system thanks to the collaborative work from eyewitnesses and data collection from seismic institutes provided by 85 institutes as members from 56 different countries, thus giving users real-time earthquake information for seismic events. 

Recall, EMSC reported that a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake shook the central Croatia area on Tuesday morning, December 29, 2020. The quake was felt in the Zagreb area and around Croatia – in Rijeka and even some eyewitness accounts from Split. 

The epicenter of the earthquake, which shook Croatia at around 12.19 pm that day, was 46 kilometers from Zagreb and nine kilometers west, southwest of Sisak in the Petrinja area.

You can explore the EMSC website HERE.

For more on the Petrinja earthquake and to see how you can donate money, food, humanitarian, sanitary, and material aid, follow our dedicated section.



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