Aftershocks continue to shake central Croatia following Tuesday's devastating 6.2-magnitude earthquake near Petrinja and Sisak.
There were three stronger quakes early Wednesday morning, the most powerful of which measured 4.8 in magnitude. The epicenter of all three was near Petrinja. Seven people were reported killed on Tuesday and that number has not changed today. Rescue workers and specially trained dogs worked all day and though the night searching for survivors, while maintenance crews cleared debris from streets and roads.
Most of the damage is in the towns of Petrinja, Glina, and Sisak. The earthquake leveled many buildings and caused serious damage to others, leaving many residents without anywhere to go. Reporters on the scene said nearly every structure suffered some kind of damage, from cracked walls, loose roof tiles and collapsed chimneys to complete collapse. Some residents spent the night in their cars, too afraid to go back to their homes for fear of aftershocks. HRT reporters spoke to Glina resident, Mario, who lost his home.
"Everything is destroyed. All the walls gave way, everything. All the furniture is broken...everything," Mario told reporters, adding that his wife and smaller children were staying with family, while he and his son were sleeping in their van while they try to clear some of the debris.
Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković was in Glina today. As a symbolic gesture, he said all MPs should donate one month's salary as aid to these communities.
"We need solidarity. Although I am not part of the executive branch, I am here representing our lawmakers. I am here to express my solidarity with the community, which is something we all should do," Jandroković said.
In Petrinja, many people are finding shelter in at the local army barracks. Anđelka arrived there with her 17 year old daughter last night.
"I have one suitcase and two plastic bags. I couldn't get anything else from the house. I should not have gone back in. It was too risky,” she told HRT, adding that she had no idea how long she would have to stay at the shelter.
The village of Majske Poljane, where five of the seven victims of the earthquake were killed, is nearly leveled to the ground.
"The state is doing everything it can right now. People are desperate and scared,” said President Zoran Milanović, who visited the community Wednesday morning.
There is a major humanitarian drive underway to get survivors into shelters or temporary housing. Also, volunteers from all over the country headed to the quake-affected areas yesterday and early this morning to try and help. The Red Cross, however, is telling people if they do want to volunteer they should contact them or the local civil defense service instead of going on their own.
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