After the devastating earthquake on Tuesday, aftershocks are still shaking the central region of the EU and holiday country Croatia. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported tremors of magnitude 3.8 and 3.6 in the Petrinja area on early New Year's morning. The earthquake with the most serious consequences three days ago had a magnitude of 6.4. It had devastated the small towns of Sisak, Petrinja and Glina as well as the villages in between. </p><div> <p> Seven people were killed, including a twelve-year-old girl. The Interior Ministry announced that 26 others were injured. In the region southeast of the capital Zagreb, the earth has been shaking since Monday. As of Thursday, 265 tremors with a magnitude of over 1.0 had been recorded, the Croatian media reported on Friday.</p>
In Petrinja, many people spent the third night in a row outside their homes, most of them in their cars. At the same time, the Croatian civil protection service set up emergency shelters in the affected region in order to give people whose houses have become uninhabitable a roof over their heads.
The region, which has the historical names Banija or Banovina, borders on Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is rather sparsely populated and is considered poorer and less developed than the rest of the country. In addition, it was one of the battle zones in the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995). Many houses that were damaged at the time were only poorly repaired and are in poor condition.
Croatia had to cope with an earthquake disaster at the beginning of last year. Last March, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake caused enormous damage in Zagreb. One youth died and more than two dozen people were injured. A steeple had fallen from the cathedral, the city’s landmark.