Mild Petrinja Earthquake Unnerves Residents of Stricken Town

Lauren Simmonds

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August the 5th, 2023 – A mild Petrinja earthquake has unnerved residents of that continental Croatian town this morning.

The last thing the residents of Petrinja needed was more reminders of the ground seemingly constantly moving and cracking to some extent or another beneath their very feet. Many people across the Republic of Croatia believe that these people have been well and truly let down by the powers that be with regard to rebuilding the town following the devastating Petrinja earthquake of December 2020.

The same could be said for us living in the City of Zagreb, and for whom the horrible memories of the March 2020 earthquake, just as the reach of the global coronavirus pandemic had breached Croatian borders, are still fresh. Zagreb has a certain image to maintain, however, and the cleanup, while far from perfect, has far exceeded the efforts given to Petrinja in the eyes of many.

This morning, as Poslovni Dnevnik writes, yet another Petrinja earthquake, albeit far from the strength of the infamous one of December 2020, has unnerved residents. Having come in three clear waves, this earthquake was felt across several areas.

Measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale, the latest Petrinja earthquake gave the area a shake this morning. The epicentre of the earthquake was sixteen kilometres from the town of Petrinja itself, and 33 kilometres from the City of Zagreb.

“There was a stronger and then a somewhat shallower earthquake, the house shook three times and it came in three waves. It was very unpleasant!” wrote one comment on the EMSC page. “There was a strong blow which moved some furniture around the house,” wrote another comment.

This Petrinja earthquake was also felt in the area of Mala Gorica, Selo, and Žabno.


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