Television footage showed rescuers trying to pull people out from under the rubble of demolished buildings, and army forces were sent to help.
The German Geosciences Research Center GFZ said the quake occurred at a depth of 10 km. The epicenter was in the town of Petrinja, 50 km south of the capital, Zagreb.
Tomislav Vabyanic, head of the emergency medical service in nearby Sisak, said that there are many injuries in Petrinja and Sisak, adding, “There are fractures and concussions in the brain and some of them have undergone surgeries.”
“We have information that one girl has died,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who rushed to Petrinja. We do not have other information about the victims, “adding” the army is here to provide help. We will have to transfer some people from Petrine because the place is not safe. ”
The channel N1 showed footage of rescuers removing a man and a child from the rubble. And they were alive.
A worker who was repairing a roof in a village outside Petrinia told the canal that the earthquake had knocked it to the ground. He added that nine of the village’s 10 homes were destroyed.
Residents in Zagreb felt the earthquake and ran to the streets, some of which were strewn with debris. It was also felt by the population in Bosnia and Serbia.
In Slovenia, the STA news agency reported that the country’s only nuclear-powered power plant, 100 km from the epicenter, was closed as a precaution.
On Monday, a 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted central Croatia near Petrinia as well. In March, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck Zagreb, killing one and injuring 27 people.