The European Seismological Agency said that a 5.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in a vast area north of the capital of Zagreb at 6:23 a.m. on Sunday. The epicenter was located 7 kilometers north of Zagreb at a depth of 10 kilometers.
Many buildings in Zagreb cracked, and walls and roofs were damaged. The streets of the city were littered with garbage.
The famous Zagreb Cathedral was also damaged when the top of one of its two spiers collapsed. The cathedral was rebuilt after it fell as a result of the earthquake of 1880.
Several fires were also reported. At least two other tremors were recorded later.
The earthquake occurred against the backdrop of a partial blockage of the capital due to the spread of the coronavirus. People were told to avoid public places such as parks and squares, but they had no choice as they ran out of their apartments.
Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović said that the situation is complicated by the existing restrictive measures related to viruses.
As we reported before, a powerful earthquake struck the Turkish-Iranian border on February 23, taking the lives of several people and causing damages