Several Earthquakes in Petrinja Overnight, Strongest Magnitude 3.8

Daniela Rogulj



December 31, 2020 – Not even last night could pass peacefully in the wider Petrinja area. From 1 am, at least four earthquakes in Petrinja were recorded. reports that the strongest was at 4:36 am with a magnitude 3.8 on the Richter scale, then at 5:30, 3.1 on the Richter scale, and 6.25 also 3.1 on the Richter scale. These figures have yet to be validated by the Croatian Seismological Service.

Unlike Wednesday morning, these are slightly weaker earthquakes. Recall that on Wednesday morning, Croatia was shaken by an earthquake of 4.8 on the Richter scale.

A similar situation is expected in the coming days, and even weeks, seismologists warn.

On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that 66 earthquakes were felt in central Croatia in the last 58 hours.

Part of the residents in the earthquake-stricken area also spent their second night outside.

“Occasionally we start the cars up, my son and grandson and a neighbor who is alone are with me. We stayed and waited for the containers. The house was demolished. We hope for the help of good people.

One took off his own fur coat and gave it to my grandson, the man was from Samobor, everyone jumped in told help,” one woman told HRT this morning almost in tears.

Croatia was rocked by a strong earthquake on Tuesday afternoon. At 12.19 pm, seismologists recorded a devastating earthquake with an epicenter five kilometers southwest of Petrinja at a depth of 11.5 kilometers. The Richter magnitude of the earthquake was 6.2. 

Many weaker earthquakes followed, and all earthquakes had an epicenter near Petrinja and its surroundings.

From 12.23 to 12.58 on Tuesday, the largest number of subsequent earthquakes occurred, as many as 10 – with Richter magnitudes greater than 3.

At least seven people were killed. That is a number that has been confirmed, and it is not excluded that more victims will be discovered later.

Among the dead are a 12-year-old girl in Petrinja, a 20-year-old boy from one house, a grandfather from another, and a father and son from the same house in Majske Poljane near Glina, Glina Deputy Mayor Branka Bakšić Mitić confirmed. It was later confirmed that another male had died in Majske Poljane.

After a seven-hour search, the body of a man killed under the ruins of a church in Žažina was found.

At least six people were seriously injured, and 20 were slightly injured, the Ministry of the Interior announced.

You can read our live updates on the Petrinja earthquake from Tuesday, December 30, 2020, HERE.



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