A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit central Croatia with an epicentre some 50 kilometres southeast of the capital Zagreb, Croatian state television reported.
According to the details, one of the strongest earthquakes of recent years rocked Croatia in a result of which rooftops were collapsed in Petrinja, home to some 20,000 people, and left the streets covered with bricks and other rubble.
Rescue operations ate underway, rescue workers and the army were deployed to search for trapped residents, so far no casualties reported.
Electricity supply was also cut in the city centre.
people on social media are sharing devastating visuals of the debris,
— Siddhant Anand (@JournoSiddhant) December 29, 2020
— #Teamkisan 👊👳🚜 Kanpur #MASK (@AshishCawnpore) December 29, 2020
The mayor of Petrinja told regional broadcaster N1, “We are pulling people from the cars, we don’t know if we have dead or injured,” Darinko Dumbovic.
“There is general panic, people are looking for their loved ones,” he added.
“I’m scared, I can’t reach anyone at home as the phone lines are dead,” one worried woman in Petrinja told N1.
The tremors were also felt in the capital Zagreb, 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the epicentre, where floor was ripped off roofs and panicked residents gathered streets, according to an AFP reporter.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), around 1130 GMT two quake rattled Petrinja just one day after a smaller earthquake hit the town, causing damage to buildings.