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Croatia earthquake ‘like Hiroshima’ as seven killed and 20 injured after tremors make town ‘unlivable’


SEVEN people have died after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake “like Hiroshima” rocked central Croatia yesterday.

Emergency workers in the town of Petrinja, dubbed “unlivable” following the disaster, are searching for survivors through the rubble of wrecked buildings.

A collapsed house in Prokopa village after the huge earthquake rocked central Croatia

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A collapsed house in Prokopa village after the huge earthquake rocked central Croatia
Soldiers dig through the rubble looking for survivors

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Soldiers dig through the rubble looking for survivors
Seven people have died following the huge quake

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Seven people have died following the huge quake
A father and son are rescued after being pulled from their car which was trapped under rubble

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A father and son are rescued after being pulled from their car which was trapped under rubble
At least 26 people were injured and hospitalised in the disaster

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At least 26 people were injured and hospitalised in the disaster

A 12-year-old girl was the first victim to be confirmed as dead in the town – half of which has been destroyed, according to its mayor.

In the nearby town of Glina, five people have died, authorities said.

A seventh victim was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed church in Zazina, state media says.

At least 26 people were rushed to hospital with injuries.

Officials in Petrinja – a town of 25,000 people – say locals are scared to return to their homes in case of aftershocks.

Some slept in their cars or stayed with family in other towns to avoid further quakes.

Around 200 displaced people slept in a military barracks nearby.

Petrinja mayor Darinko Dumbovic compared his town to the Japanese city of Hiroshima which was destroyed by an atomic bomb during WWII.

He told HRT: “My town has been completely destroyed, we have dead children.

The quake was felt in the Croatian capital of Zagreb

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The quake was felt in the Croatian capital of Zagreb
Damaged buildings are seen after an earthquake in Petrinja

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Damaged buildings are seen after an earthquake in PetrinjaCredit: Reuters
The local mayor compared the town to Hiroshima

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The local mayor compared the town to Hiroshima Credit: Reuters
The catastrophic earthquake measuring 6.4 hit Petrinja and was felt in most of the country

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The catastrophic earthquake measuring 6.4 hit Petrinja and was felt in most of the countryCredit: Rex Features
A road which was cracked by the massive tremor in Petrinja

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A road which was cracked by the massive tremor in PetrinjaCredit: Rex Features
Half the town has been destroyed, the local mayor said

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Half the town has been destroyed, the local mayor saidCredit: Reuters
Emergency workers are still looking for people trapped in the rubble

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Emergency workers are still looking for people trapped in the rubbleCredit: AFP or licensors

“This is like Hiroshima – half of the city no longer exists. The city has been demolished, the city is no longer liveable. We need help.”

He later told Croatian radio: “We can’t say Good morning, it is not good. We had the third and fourth tremors this morning, short ones but strong.

“Fear has crept into people.”

Among the people rescued were a father and son who were pulled from their car which was trapped in the rubble.

They were pictured being stretchered away with the dad kissing his toddler son on the head.

In the hard-hit village of Majske Poljane, a little boy could be seen sleeping inside a van, on a cold December morning.

Mr Dumbovic said a children’s kindergarten had collapsed and half the town had been obliterated.

He said: “We are pulling people out of the car, we don’t know because we have dead and wounded, I also heard that the kindergarten collapsed, but fortunately there were no children in the kindergarten, while the other children managed to save them.”

Emergency workers inspect a collapsed building

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Emergency workers inspect a collapsed buildingCredit: EPA
Workers surrounded by rubble

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Workers surrounded by rubbleCredit: Twitter / IFRC Europe
Patients are evacuated from hospitals to ensure their safety after aftershocks

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Patients are evacuated from hospitals to ensure their safety after aftershocksCredit: Reuters
A man seen with his head heavily bandaged

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A man seen with his head heavily bandagedCredit: EPA
Soldiers inspect the damage to buildings after the earthquake

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Soldiers inspect the damage to buildings after the earthquakeCredit: AP:Associated Press
The powerful quake caused extensive damage to homes and buildings

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The powerful quake caused extensive damage to homes and buildings Credit: Twitter / tercbela
A car seen crushed by rubble

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A car seen crushed by rubbleCredit: Reuters
The Croatian military was sent to help with search and rescue efforts

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The Croatian military was sent to help with search and rescue effortsCredit: AFP or licensors

Local resident Marica Pavlovic, 72, said: “All the tiles in the bathroom are broken, all the dishes fell out.

“Even if we wanted to, we can’t go back in, there is no electricity.”

Tuesday’s quake was felt throughout the region in capital Zagreb and in neighbouring Bosnia and Serbia as well as Italy.

The central Croatian region was also struck by a 5.2 earthquake on Monday and seismologists say several more aftershocks could be expected.

Today, EU crisis management chief Janez Lenarcic will visit the town.

Footage yesterday showed the country’s politicians fleeing the parliament building in Zagreb – around 40 miles from the epicentre of the quake.

People keep warm outside as locals live in fear of further aftershocks

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People keep warm outside as locals live in fear of further aftershocksCredit: Reuters
Displaced people sleep at a military base after the earthquake

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Displaced people sleep at a military base after the earthquakeCredit: Reuters





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