At least seven persons were killed and dozens injured in the devastating earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hit Croatia on Tuesday. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Petrinja where it caused significant material damage and casualties.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the death toll was expected to rise. "At this moment, we don't know exactly how many people have died. The latest information before the core cabinet meeting was seven people," Plenkovic said. "We have some indication that this number may be higher, so we'll wait and see for the police's official report."
A girl in the town of Petrinja, a man found inside a collapsed church in the village of Žažina, and five men in the village of Majske Poljane, were among the dead, according to Croatia's Interior Ministry and local media reports.
"We are doing everything we can to help the citizens of Petrinja and surrounding areas in this dramatic and tragic situation," Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said in a tweet.
The quake, which struck just after noon local time about 30 miles southeast of the capital Zagreb, could be felt across the Balkans. Krsko nuclear power plant in Slovenia, close to Zagreb, has been closed as a precaution. The quake caused material damage in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s border area. Buildings in Bihac, Cazin, Velika Kladusa and Bosanska Krupa siffered minor damage. Kostajnica declared state of emergency due to severe damage to several public buildings and infrastructure.
Following the earthquake, authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina offered assistance to Croatia. Several rescue and medical teams are on standby waiting to be deployed if necessary.
The Red Cross of Bosnia and Herzegovina has set up a telephone donation line for all service provides at 17023 (BAM 2 per call)