- Title: Powerful earthquake leaves two minors in critical condition in Croatia
- Date: 22nd March 2020
- Summary: ZAGREB, CROATIA (MARCH 22, 2020) (REUTERS) ZAGREB CATHEDRAL, TIP OF ONE TOWER BROKEN OFF DAMAGE ON CATHEDRAL TOWER PARTIALLY COLLAPSED CATHEDRAL ROOF VARIOUS OF RUBBLE IN CATHEDRAL COURTYARD FIREFIGHTER AND POLICE OFFICER STANDING NEAR RUBBLE IN STREET FIREFIGHTER AND POLICE OFFICER NEXT TO RUBBLE FROM DAMAGED BUILDING FIREFIGHTER AND POLICE OFFICER TALKING NEXT TO RUBBLE SEVERELY DAMAGED BUILDING FIREFIGHTERS EMERGING FROM DAMAGED BUILDING, WALKING THROUGH RUBBLE WOMAN GESTURING FIREFIGHTERS LIFTING WOMAN ON STRETCHER RUBBLE ON SIDEWALK AND DESTROYED CAR CAR BURIED UNDER RUBBLE VARIOUS OF CARS SMASHED BY RUBBLE FIREFIGHTER VEHICLES IN STREET, LIGHTS FLASHING AND SIREN WAILING, FIREFIGHTERS EMERGING FIREFIGHTERS DEPLOYING AT HEAVILY DAMAGED BUILDING DAMAGED BUILDING, INTERIOR VISIBLE AFTER SIDE WALL COLLAPSED FIREFIGHTERS CLEARING RUBBLE PATIENTS EVACUATING DAMAGED HOSPITAL ELDERLY PATIENT WRAPPED IN BLANKET, SITTING IN WHEELCHAIR ON SIDEWALK STREET BLOCKED BY RUBBLE VARIOUS OF DAMAGED CARS FIREFIGHTERS CHECKING CHIMNEY ON CROATIAN GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS, ST. MARKO'S CHURCH WITH COLOURED TILES DEPICTING CROATIAN COAT OF ARMS VISIBLE (RIGHT) FIREFIGHTER FIREFIGHTERS NEXT TO DAMAGED CHIMNEY ON GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS BUILDING MAN IN WHEELCHAIR BUNDLED IN BLANKETS MAN IN WHEELCHAIR, PEOPLE AND DAMAGED CARS IN ST. MARKO SQUARE RUBBLE IN DOWNTOWN ZAGREB WORKERS CUTTING FALLEN TRAM POWER CABLE DAMAGED BUILDING PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH RUBBLE IN ZAGREB CENTRAL ZONE DAMAGED BUILDING DAMAGED BUILDING, COLLAPSED RIGHT TOWER, IN ZAGREB CENTRE DAMAGE FIREFIGHTER VEHICLES RUSHING THROUGH ZAGREB CENTRE RUBBLE IN CAFE OUTSIDE AREA WOMAN WRAPPED IN BLANKETS SITTING ON MONUMENT PEOPLE WITH PROTECTIVE MASKS TALKING IN STREET BANA JELACICA SQUARE IN ZAGREB CENTRE
- Keywords: Croatia Zagreb earthquake quake
- Reuters ID: LVA001C64V8EF
- Location: ZAGREB, CROATIA
- City: ZAGREB, CROATIA
- Country: Croatia
- Duration: 00:04:46
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami,Editors' Choice
- Story Text: A large earthquake struck near the Croatian capital Zagreb on Sunday (March 22), leaving a teenager critically injured after an apartment building in the city collapsed.
Another minor was badly injured and the quake caused several fires and power blackouts in parts of the capital, hospital and emergency services said.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the quake, with a magnitude of 5.3 according to GFZ, the German Research Center for Geosciences, was the biggest to hit Zagreb in 140 years. It struck 6 km north of the city and was felt across the Western Balkans.
Zarko Rasic, head of the Zagreb Emergency Medicine Institute, a children's hospital, said a 15-year-old was in a critical condition after being found by an emergency services team under a collapsed building and another minor had been admitted with head injuries from a falling roof. He did not give further details on the persons' identities.
The Zagreb Fire Department said firefighting and rescue operations were ongoing at several locations.
GFZ downgraded the magnitude of the quake from an initial reading of 6.0.
A Reuters reporter on the scene saw a church bell tower damaged, while some buildings collapsed as people fled apartments and took to the streets.
The government convened an urgent cabinet meeting and said it would hold another press conference later on Sunday.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured 5.4, while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported 5.3 magnitude, followed by another 5.1 magnitude earthquake.
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