Over Dozen Smaller Earthquakes Recorded in Petrinja Area Since Monday Morning

Daniela Rogulj



December 29, 2020 – More than a dozen smaller earthquakes have been recorded in the Petrinja area since Monday morning. 

Update 12:24 – 6.3 quake 46km SE of Zagreb


Index.hr reports that damaged homes, mostly roofs and chimneys, and numerous cracks in farm and residential buildings are the consequences of two stronger and more minor earthquakes that hit Sisak, Petrinja, and other settlements in Sisak-Moslavina County Monday morning.

A strong earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale was recorded in the Petrinja area Monday at 6:28. Subsequently, at 7:49 and 7:51, two more earthquakes, this time 4.7 and 4.1 magnitudes, were recorded, with the epicenter 5 km southeast of Petrinja.

Fortunately, the quakes did not cause any casualties, but there is a lot of material damage.

“The night did not go very well; there were several more earthquakes that we felt in Petrinja, tonight and this morning,” said the mayor of Petrinja this morning on Croatian Radio.

“As of yesterday morning, we have had more than a dozen earthquakes, two stronger. This morning at 1:19, there was an earthquake of 3.0 according to the Richter scale, and at 7:05, an earthquake of 2.5. There were a couple of weaker ones too. That is expected and normal. Fortunately, the series is weaker,” said seismologist Krešimir Kuk.

This morning at around 7 am, a magnitude 2.5 earthquake shook the area. According to the EMSC, the epicenter was at a depth of 1 kilometer and 21 kilometers from Sisak, and 43 kilometers from Zagreb. At 1:19, residents felt a slightly stronger earthquake, 3.0 on the Richter scale, the epicenter at a depth of 2 kilometers and 15 kilometers from Sisak.


Index’s team went to Petrinja on Monday to talk to citizens and emergency services about the situation.

“It sounded like thunder. Bottles and shelves were falling,” said one citizen, adding that his house was destroyed in the war. “It was category 5, the category before the demolition. I built it for ten years,” he says.

Firefighters from Hrvatska Kostajnica immediately went to the scene, and when they saw that there was no major damage, they came to Petrinja to help their colleagues.

“We went according to the report, and when we saw that there was no major damage, we came to help our colleagues in Petrinja,” said the firefighter, adding that they had interventions throughout the morning and that they were no longer counted.

“It’s awful; I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. It’s a pity for us in the workshop, in the house, the walls are cracked, and the dresser has been moved in the middle of the living room,” said one citizen.

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