A powerful earthquake has struck Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, destroying properties and causing several fires. As firefighting and rescue operations continue at several locations across Zagreb on Sunday, news outlets reported that a 15-year-old was in critical condition and others were injured.
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) said the earthquake, which was felt across the Western Balkans, struck at a depth of 10km (six miles). It downgraded the magnitude to 5.3 from an initial reading of 6.0.
The earthquake struck Croatia at a point the Nation struggles to contain the Coronavirus Pandemic. So far, Croatia has confirmed 206 cases of the virus and one death. Croatia’s Interior Minister, Davor Bozinovic has appealed to citizens to remain calm and stay outside their homes in the central parts of Zagreb. Bozinovic also urged people in the streets to keep a social distance from each other as the country struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus.