A powerful 5.3 earthquake has struck north of Croatia's capital, Zagreb, on Sunday, damaging buildings, burying vehicles in rubble and causing several fires.
It lasted over 10 seconds and was strong, being followed by another magnitude 5.1 earthquake. A teenager was in a critical condition after a roof collapsed. 16 others were injured, Croatian authorities said on Sunday afternoon. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the earthquake was the biggest in Zagreb in the last 140 years. Several buildings are reported to be damaged, including the parliament which will be forced to postpone sessions. A maternity hospital was evacuated amid freezing temperatures. Zagreb’s cathedral was damaged. Parts of the capital experienced electricity cuts. Several fires were also reported.
Croatia's Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic issued an appeal on Twitter for people in the streets to keep a social distance from each other as the country struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus. There are restrictive virus-related measures in place. "We have two parallel crisis that contradict each other," the prime minister said. “Earthquakes are dangerous, but coronavirus is even more so,” health minister Vili Beros warned people. "We will try to clear the streets as soon as possible," he added. People in southern Austria, Italy and Slovenia also felt the tremor.