The European Commission said on Sunday that it is monitoring the situation and is ready to provide assistance to Croatia after the earthquake that left one person in critical condition, injured 14 more, and caused millions in damage in the capital Zagreb.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke by phone with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Sunday morning, informing the Croatian leader that the EU would stand by Croatia in this difficult time.
“This morning I spoke with Prime Minister Plenković, who informed me of the severe earthquake in Zagreb. Difficult situation for Croatia: earthquake and coronavirus. Our thoughts are with Croatia. Be strong! The EU is with you!” - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said via Twitter.
“We are closely monitoring the situation on the ground in Croatia after the Zagreb earthquake. Our Emergency Response Coordination Center is in contact with the Croatian authorities. We are ready to help” - announced the European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič.
In addition to the President Von der Leyen and her crisis commissioner, European Council President Charles Michel also came forward with expressions of support and a willingness to help.
Two strong earthquakes, the first measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale and the second 5.0, hit Zagreb on Sunday morning, followed later in the day by a third much smaller quake of 3.7. The European Mediterranean Seismological Center has reported that the epicenters of the earthquakes were about ten kilometers north of Zagreb at depths of five to 10 kilometers.
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