6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Central Croatia

“This is a catastrophe,” Mayor Darinko Dumbovic. “My city is completely destroyed.”

“We need firefighters, we don’t know what’s under the surfaces, a roof fell on a car, we need help.”

At least one person was killed and a town in central Croatia was left in ruins after a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and local officials.

The full extent of casualties was not known. There were reports that the quake, which hit just after noon local time about 30 miles from the capital, Zagreb, could be felt across the Balkans and as far away as Hungary.

The epicenter of the quake was near the town of Petrinja, and the mayor, Darinko Dumbovic, told Croatian state television that at least one persona 12-year-old girl, had been killed. He said he had walked by her body on the street.

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