5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Central Croatia (& Update on Aftershocks)

Daniela Rogulj

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December 28, 2020 – Another earthquake rocks central Croatia in 2020.


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UPDATE: Two aftershocks were also felt in central Croatia, at 7:49 am and 7:51 am, waking up completely those who thought they might go back to sleep this Monday morning. The pair had their epicentres at a similar location, and their magnitudes were 4.7 and 4.1:


The Croatian Seismological Service reported that the earthquake was 5.0 magnitude: 


Namely, at 6:28 Monday morning, the quake was 5.2 magnitude, according to the first EMSC estimate. The epicenter of the earthquake was 49 km SE of Zagreb and 12 km NE of Sisak, felt mostly in and around Petrinja.

The quake occurred 2 km below the ground, according to Hina. 

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Recall that in March, Zagreb and its surroundings were hit by two earthquakes of similar strength. At dawn on March 22, at 6:23 am, Zagreb was hit by a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. After that, five more earthquakes occurred, of magnitude 3 to 5 on the Richter scale. 

Mayor Milan Bandic sent a message to the people of Zagreb: “Unfortunately, we have again felt a strong earthquake in the Zagreb area. Fortunately, for now, there is no information on serious damage, and I hope it will remain so. However, in case anyone is in need, free telephone lines are open (0800 8802 and 0800 8805) through which you can ask for help or necessary assistance from city services. This is a difficult year for all of us but we must be together and we must not forget about health and the invisible enemy at this time.”

The Civil Protection. HQ also shared a statement this morning: “According to the Seismological Service, an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 on the Richter scale, Intensity VII of the EMS scale, was recorded in the Petrinja area on December 28 at 06:28. According to the first information, reports of damaged buildings and vehicles have been received, and so far there is no information on injuries. Citizens are asked to comply with the measures in force to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection if they need to leave their homes due to the earthquake.”

Free telephone lines have been opened through which the citizens of Zagreb can request help and assistance from the city services after the earthquake.  The phone numbers are 0800 8802 and 0800 8805.

Quite a lot of damage has been reported in Petrinja, Sisak, Glina and in the region. No damage has been reported in Zagreb so far.

More news soon… Hopefully, we won’t update this article with any news of additional aftershocks.

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