Strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hits Croatia, emergency teams are deployed

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People gather on a street after an earthquake near Zagreb, Croatia.

Zagreb:

A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake collapsed buildings in central Croatia on Tuesday and struck near the town of Petrinja, where rescue teams were running to comb through the rubble.

The tremor, which occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers around 1130 GMT, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), was also strongly felt about 50 kilometers north of the epicenter in the capital, Zagreb, which panicked residents were racing towards the streets, so an AFP reporter.

“We pull people out of cars, we don’t know whether we are dead or injured,” Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbovic told regional broadcaster N1.

“There is general panic, people are looking for loved ones.”

Pictures of the city, in which around 20,000 people live, showed collapsed roofs and streets littered with bricks and other debris.

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The tremor occurs a day after a minor earthquake in Petrinja that causes some damage to buildings.

The Balkan region lies on major fault lines and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

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