Croatia Earthquake – level 3

01-01-2021 15:00

Croatia suffered its strongest earthquake since 1880, and it happened for the second time in 2020.

The earthquake brought down buildings near its epicenter in the town of Petrinja, and reportedly, at least five people were killed. Most buildings in Petrinja were damaged so badly that they are now unusable. Authorities evacuated the hospital in the nearby city of Sisak, and the tremor also damaged structures in Zagreb where people left their homes to wait out any potential aftershocks.

The earthquake, measured at a 6.3 magnitude, was felt in many European capitals, including Rome, Budapest, and Vienna. It was more powerful than the 1963 earthquake near the former Yugoslav town of Skopje that is now the capital of North Macedonia. That earthquake killed more than 1,000 people and destroyed 80% of the city.

Difficult words: epicenter (the point on the earth’s surface that is above the origin of an earthquake), tremor (a small earthquake), aftershock (a small earthquake that follows the large main earthquake).

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