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Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 trembles central Croatia

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Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 trembles central Croatia

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit central Croatia on Monday with an epicentre some 50 kilometres southeast of the capital Zagreb, Croatian state television reported, citing data from the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

The capital also felt the quake at 0528 GMT. There have been no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

“We don’t have any such reports yet. However, it’s possible that such an earthquake could cause material damage within the epicenter area. In which was within the vicinity of the town of Petrinja,” seismologist Kresimir Kuk told state radio.

An aftershock came shortly after the quake, registering 4.9 magnitude at 0649 GMT, consistent with the EMSC data.

Bozidar Skrinjaric, head of the Pokupsko municipality, a section near the epicentre with some 3,000 inhabitants, said people ran into the streets when the quakes hit.

“No building collapsed, but the people said they saw some cracks within the buildings and damaged tiles,” he said.

In March, an earthquake of magnitude 5.3 hit Zagreb causing one death and injuring 27 people.

 

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