UPDATED 10:15 AM PT — Sunday, March 22, 2020
Residents in Croatia were left rattled after an earthquake struck the region on Saturday. According to new reports, a 5.3 earthquake struck near the capital, causing severe destruction and multiple injuries.
A toddler and a 15-year-old girl were among those seriously injured when an apartment building collapsed. Witnesses reported severe damage to multiple buildings, including the iconic Cathedral of Zagreb.
Officials have urged citizens to stay calm and keep their distance.
“It was the most powerful earthquake in Zagreb over the last 140 years… At this moment, much damage to buildings is obvious, and there is a lot of interior damage to the buildings. We urge all citizens to be cautious.” – Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia
Obišli smo Zagreb nakon snažnog potresa da vidimo nastalu štetu, a od ranog jutra se radi na sanaciji. Sve službe su na nogama, fokus je na bolnicama i građanima koji trebaju smještaj. Apel svima da se pridržavaju razmaka radi suzbijanja širenja #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/3B2Mr5Ltd2
— Andrej Plenković (@AndrejPlenkovic) March 22, 2020
Fire officials confirmed rescue operations are ongoing in multiple locations. Crews are working to put out fires caused by the quake and pull victims from the rubble.
The natural disaster struck during the city’s partial lockdown, which was initiated due to the COVID-19 outbreak.