More quakes hit Croatia over the night and Thurs morning

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A magnitude 5.2 quake hit central Croatia Dec. 28.

"We can't say 'Good morning, ' It is not good", Petrinja mayor Darinko Dumbovic told Croatian radio.

Rescue teams searched overnight after a strong quake in central Croatia killed at least seven people, injured more than 20 others and destroyed buildings.

The BBC reported a 12-year-old girl as the lone fatality so far from Tuesday's quake. At least 26 people were hospitalized with injuries.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring developments in the aftermath of the 6.4-magnitude quake yesterday in Petrinja".

Worth knowing, however, is Google Maps only shows the region with a high magnitude, as otherwise, the natural disaster has also been felt in a series of other countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Austria. On Monday, the town and surrounding area was hit with a 5.2 magnitude quake.

"I wish to thank all of those involved in helping the people here, especially the Croatian army".

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"All available services" have been mobilized, Plenković said.

Local media said a kindergarten in the area was also destroyed in the badly hit village of Petrinja, but that there were no children in it at the time.

Another citizen said that the quake "felt worse than a war".

Croatian President and Prime Minister arrive in Petrinja. The seismologists said then that this seismic activity would surely spill over in the Balkans where there were no strong earthquakes for many years, especially in that coastal part where the last one was in Montenegro in 1979.

Aftershocks, including two measuring 4.8 and 4.6, hit the area before dawn yesterday, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

In Zagreb, people ran out into the streets and parks in fear, with reports of some leaving the city, ignoring a travel ban imposed because of the coronavirus outbreak. It was felt as far away as Graz in southern Austria, the Austria Press Agency reported.

The tremors reverberated across neighbouring countries, including Serbia and Slovenia, which as a precaution shut down the Krsko nuclear power plant it co-owns with Croatia.

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