Croatian earthquake intensifies fear of coronavirus

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Croatian earthquake intensifies fear of coronavirus

According to a media report, at least one person was killed on Sunday in an earthquake in the EU member state Croatia in the capital region of Zagreb. In the rubble of a house, rescue workers found the body of a 15-year-old boy, the state news agency Hina reported, citing the emergency services director Zarko Rasic.

The magnitude 5.3 quake, the center of which, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center, is around seven kilometers north from Zagreb, awakened many residents from sleep on Sunday morning around 6 a.m. Many people ran into the streets in a panic, according to a correspondent from the AFP news agency. After an hour there was still a severe aftershock of magnitude 5.0.

As Hina reported, referring to the fire department, several people were buried. The quake in the old town caused severe damage to buildings. Parts of the facade of several houses fell onto the street. In large parts of the city there was also a power cut.

Erdbeben in Zagreb: Mindestens ein Toter und mehrere Verschüttete
Earthquake in Zagreb: At least one dead and several victims

From the south tower of the Gothic cathedral, the symbol of the city, the spire with the cross fell from a height of more than 100 meters and damaged the roof. The Archbishop’s Palace also suffered damage. The rector of the cathedral, Josip Kuhtic, was shocked.

The Cathedral of the Assumption, St. Stephen and Ladislaus is the first and most important Gothic building in Croatia. It was built from the end of the 13th century, including the remains of the Romanesque predecessor.

Background about the corona virus:

The Home Office urged people to stay outside at first, but not to form groups to prevent infection with the novel corona virus. “Keep your distance. Don’t put yourself together. We’re facing two major crises, the earthquake and the epidemic,” Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said. The Balkan region is at high risk of earthquakes because it is there pushes African plate under the Eurasian one.

After the earthquake near Zagreb, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has given the people of Croatia courage. “Stay strong! The EU is by your side!” Leyen tweeted after a phone call to Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Sunday. The earthquake and corona virus created a “very difficult situation for Croatia”. The country also holds the EU Presidency in the first half of 2020. In the second half of the year, Germany will take on the task of coordinating the joint work of the 27 EU countries. (AFP, dpa, KNA)

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