Petrinja is located close to the county administrative center of Sisak. The city is home to more than 24,000 people, with an estimated area of approximately 42 square kilometers.
“Today, Petrinja is a city that will collapse almost completely. Until yesterday (2 January) there was a chance that (only) sixty to seventy percent would fall, but today (3 January) I came to know and the truth – 90 percent of the city would be destroyed. It is just Hiroshima that has brought grief and unhappiness to all. “ Declared the mayor.
On Tuesday, the next day after the first 5.1-magnitude earthquake, the Banovina (Banije) region southeast of Zagreb experienced an even more devastating 6.4 degree earthquake. The most affected were the cities of Petrinja, Sisak and Glina and surrounding villages. According to Croatian television HRT, more than 2,000 different items were damaged.
The region of Petrinja, where the epicenter of the earthquake was located, is still shaking. According to the Department of Geophysics of the Faculty of Science and Mathematics in Zagreb, there have been 374 consecutive shocks since Monday, 28 December 109, and Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Croatia held a day of mourning for the victims of the earthquake
Saturday (2 January) was a day of mourning for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Croatia that claimed seven lives, several dozen injuries and extensive material damage. Around the country, half-mast flags were erected on buildings of state institutions and local authorities.
The people of the affected region in the central part of the country live in the shadow of fear. Due to the rising water level in the rivers, they are also afraid of potential floods, the daily Večernji list reads.
For this reason, special flood protection measures have been announced for the Sava and Kaup rivers. The local newspaper has written that there have been cracks in the flood protection in seven areas. According to the newspaper, cracks in bridges and embankments in Sisak town have caused concern.
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