Today around lunchtime a more than 6 magnitude earthquake rocked Croatia which could be felt in several parts of Hungary as well. So far there have been no reports on injuries in Hungary.
The Mediterranean country already suffered a little less powerful quake yesterday. The earthquake of today, however, was even detected in several districts of Budapest. People reported that chandeliers were swinging by themselves in Józsefváros, water in glasses started moving in Erzsébetváros and in Ferencváros the top of a Christmas tree was swinging several centimetres to the sides. The vibration lasted 15-20 seconds. Napi.hu writes that their colleagues staying at several corners of Budapest also reported the same; they say tables were moving in an apartment under the Castle and even on a public square they could feel the vibration. Facebook was immediately flooded by several comments of people reporting their experience.
Meanwhile, Konkoly Observatory has received several messages on how the Croatian earthquake’s effects were felt throughout the whole of Transdanubia.
“It was horrifying in Pécs. We could already feel it yesterday, but today it was terrifying.“
Someone reported that first he thought he was nauseous, but in a couple of seconds, the chandelier started moving, and the Christmas tree started shaking. Several people said they even heard rumblings.
Moreover, apart from Transdanubia, even Eger and Szeged were touched by a lighter aftershock.
The National Directorate General for Disaster Management, referring to the Observatory, summarised everything in an announcement: “On December 29, 2020, at 12:19 pm, an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit Croatia 5km deep. The epicentre is around 42km southeast of Zagreb, roughly 100 km from the Hungarian border. After the main quake, several aftershocks can be foreseen, some of which might be stronger. The earthquake was felt in several parts of Hungary as well. So far, the vibration has caused smaller material damages in Baranya county, but no physical injury has been reported. “
Croatia last suffered an earthquake back in March 2020.
Child killed, information on injured still not available
According to Croatian news agency HINA, the Croatian police have confirmed that a thirteen-year-old child was killed in a devastating earthquake that struck Petrinja some 60 kilometres southeast of Zagreb afternoon on Tuesday. local police are still waiting for information on how many people have suffered injuries and the damage caused to buildings. Probably the child was a girl.
As HINA said, the streets of Petrinja are full of debris and rescue workers are searching for survivors under the ruins. Ca. 20 people with injuries have been brought to the Sisak hospital, and two of them are in a serious condition.
Another video from Hungary:
According to HINA, the Croatian Interior Ministry said that six people have been killed in a 6.2 earthquake whose epicentre was near Petrinja and that at least six have sustained serious injuries. 20 people have been lightly injured.
A girl in Petrinja and five men in Majske Poljane have been killed, the ministry tweeted.
The official search under the rubble is still under way.