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Destructive 5.3 magnitude #earthquake – the strongest in 140 years – hit Zagreb, Croatia this morning, March 22nd

A damaging earthquake hit the Croatian capital Zagreb this morning, March 22nd at 05:24 UTC (6:24 local time). Its magnitude was 5.3 by the EMS-98 scale, several aftershocks were followed later. Earthquake did a significant damage across the city of Zagreb, with severly damaged cars and houses. Several people were injured, at least one critical. Fires were also reported.

The epicenter was 8 km northeast of Zagreb, at depth of 10 km. There were additional aftershocks soon after, the strongest of 5.0M soon after 7am local time. Parts of the city were left without power and water supply. Zagreb’s iconic cathedral was also damaged, as the top of one of its two spires has collapsed. The earthquake was felt across the whole northern Balkan peninsula (Croatia, Slovenia, N Bosnia, S Austria, W Hungary). No damage was reported from the closest nuclear power plant in Krško, Slovenia!

Graphics: EMSC

Graphics: ARSO

Numerous reports of significant damage across the capital Zagreb:

Here are first video reports:

Further reports will follow later – stay tuned!