According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, an earthquake of 5.2 magnitude hit central Croatia on Monday and damaged buildings. However, no casualties have been reported yet.
The tremors of the quake were felt 50 kilometers south of the town of Petrinje at 5:30 am GMT. The quake resulted in buildings with cracks and even tore off bricks in some areas.
The mayor of Petrinje, Darinko Dumbovic in an interview said that there was panic on the streets and residents of the town were scared to back inside the buildings as they were severely damaged. The town hall of Petrinje was also damaged.
Firefighters were also engaged to help with the rescue of civilians and to deal with the building damage in the town of Sisak.
Andrej Plenkovic, Prime Minister of Croatia, also visited the affected areas in an attempt to show solidarity and support to the civilians. President Zoran Milanovic accompanied the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister said that the army and various Civil protection teams were also deployed to clear any debris.
In March, Zagreb was struck by a stronger 5.3-magnitude quake, the most powerful in decades, which badly damaged buildings in the capital.
This is was the second major earthquake to hit Croatia in 2020. In March, a 5.3 magnitude quake rattled Zagreb which also badly damaged buildings.