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31th December 2020
A strong earthquake hit central Croatia,destroyed Petrinja, Glina and Sisak

Petrinja earthquake

On December 28, 2020, at 6:28 am, there was a strong earthquake with an epicenter near Petrinja (M 5.0) that preceded the devastating earthquake on December 29, 2020, at 12:19, with an epicenter of 5 km southwest of Petrinja (45.4002N, 16.2187E, depth 11.5km), magnitude 6.2 according to Richter (intensity at the epicenter - VIII-IX degrees on the EMS scale).

Croatia’s Seismological Survey registered a magnitude 3.7 earthquake at 4.33 a.m. on Thursday with the epicentre near the village of Strašnik around Petrinja. 

The tremor was felt again in Zagreb, Karlovac, Zaprešić, and even Garešnica, in Bjelovar-Bilogora County. This was followed by several smaller earthquakes, with the two strongest a magnitude of 3.1 on the Richter scale, one was at 5.24 a.m., and the other about an hour later.

Croatia’s Seismological Survey registered a magnitude 3.9 earthquake at 9.15 a.m. on Thursday with the epicentre 10 km west of Petrinja.

The tremor was felt in the wider area, including Zagreb, and there are no reports of damage for now.

In the last 72 hours, the area around Sisak and Petrinja has been hit by more than 120 earthquakes, the most devastating of which was the one on Tuesday at 12.19 p.m. which measured 6.2 on the Richter scale and claimed seven lives.

The Croatian Seismological Service published a map of earthquakes in Croatia since the devastating 6.3 quake hit central Croatia on Tuesday, i.e., from December 29, 2020, at 12:19 until 30.12.2020, at 22:00.

Among the dead are a 12-year-old girl in Petrinja, a 20-year-old boy from one house, a grandfather from another, and a father and son from the same house in Majske Poljane near Glina, Glina Deputy Mayor Branka Bakšić Mitić confirmed. It was later confirmed that another male had died in Majske Poljane.

After a seven-hour search, the body of a man killed under the ruins of a church in Žažina was found.

At least six people were seriously injured, and 20 were slightly injured, the Ministry of the Interior announced.


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Helping Petrinja Earthquake Victims

Croatian Red Cross opens bank account to help victims in earthquake-affected area. For payments from abroad the account is

Bank:Privredna banka Zagreb d.d.
Account : HR6923400091511555516 / SWIFT CODE: PBZGHR2X

The Croatian government has opened an account to help earthquake victims, here is:

Earthquake relief:

Account nuber: HR12 1001 0051 8630 0016 0
Bank: Croatian National Bank, Trg hrvatskih velikana3, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
Bic (swift) code: NBHRHR2XXXX
Beneficiary: Republic of Croatia - Ministry of Fiance, Katanciceva 5, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Remittance info - Remarks: Earthquakes aid  





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