Firefighters Upload Photo of Themselves on Roof During Zagreb Earthquake

Lauren Simmonds

One month after the devastating earthquakes struck Zagreb, resulting in damage across the city and an enormous amount of cash needed to rectify it, we who live in Zagreb started our mornings with yet another earthquake shaking the ground beneath us. Another Zagreb earthquake, this time ”weighing in” at a smaller 3.5 and a depth of two kilometres, struck the capital.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 23rd of April, 2020, the most recent Zagreb earthquake was also felt by local firefighters from Zagreb who were on the roof of a building at that very moment helping to repair the damage caused by the last, much stronger and more concerning earthquake that shook the city just a month ago.

While not at the level of the earthquake that hit the Croatian capital a month ago, the one that struck this morning was quite a strong. It certainly gave me a shock when my building began to shake and that all too familiar sound, a bit like a lorry or a train hurtling towards you, began once again. While nowhere near as loud as the sound last month, the events of March in Zagreb have left all of us who live there with a bit of stress.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Service (EMSC) reported that the most recent Zagreb earthquake’s magnitude was 3.5 with a depth of two kilometres, which is why, despite it being short, it felt so strong.

We can all agree that firefighters are heroes. Whether they’re putting out a blaze tearing through the dry Dalmatian forest in summer or rescuing a cat that got a little bit too curious from a tree, these people work selflessly to be at the aid of others. The last Zagreb earthquake saw two firefighters up on a roof this morning repairing the damage caused last month, and in an ironic and rather cruel twist of fate, another earthquake struck as they were busy doing that.

“When you’re on the roof during the new earthquake,” the Zagreb Fire Department wrote on its official Facebook page, under a photo of its tirelessly brave staff.

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