5.3 magnitude earthquake hits Croatia’s capital Zagreb

The 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck Croatia’s capital, Zagreb at about 6.23am (5.23am GMT) on Sunday.

A 15-year-old boy has died and dozens of people have been injured after a roof collapsed from a 5.3 magnitude earthquake.

Citizens had been ordered to stay inside due to coronavirus and banned from being in groups numbering more than five people.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the earthquake was the biggest in Zagreb in the last 140 years.


Zagreb’s iconic cathedral was also damaged with the top of one of its two spires collapsing. Concrete slabs fell on cars and chimneys landed in front of entrances.

People fled apartments and took to the streets while parts of the capital experienced electricity cuts. A church bell tower was damaged and some buildings collapsed


Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic warned people to comply with social distancing measures, even as they were trying to overcome the quake damage.

The government has appealed for everyone to ‘stay calm’ and ‘keep their distances’ during the crisis.

‘We appeal to the citizens of the city of Zagreb who came out after the earthquake,’ they wrote on Twitter. ‘Hold a space!’

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