Croatia Earthquake – level 2

01-01-2021 15:00

A strong earthquake hit Croatia on Tuesday, and it was the strongest earthquake since 1880.

The epicenter was near the town of Petrinja, and the earthquake damaged most buildings there. It is not possible to use the buildings now. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.3, and it was so strong that people as far away as in Hungary and Austria could feel it, too. At least five people died and authorities had to evacuate many buildings.

In 1963, an earthquake near the town of Skopje killed more than 1,000 people and destroyed almost all of the town. This week’s earthquake was even stronger than the 1963 earthquake.

Difficult words: epicenter (the place on Earth that is above the point of an earthquake), magnitude (how strong an earthquake is), evacuate (to take people to a safe place).

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