Saturday, 23 January 2021
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


After the devastating earthquake that destroyed Petrinja and the surrounding areas yesterday, the ground shook a further three times early this morning.

Yesterday’s earthquake that hit this central Croatia region measure 6.2 on the Richter scale and was reportedly at a depth of only 2 kilometres. Seven people lost their lives in the earthquake and material damage to the entire region was extensive.

And this morning three further quakes, aftershocks, hit the same region. According to information from the Seismological Service of the Republic of Croatia this morning, December 30, three separate earthquakes shook the region, the first at 6.15am, followed by another one at 6.26 and the last at 6.29am.

These were relatively strong earthquakes, the first measured 4.7 on the Richter scale, the second 4.8 and the last 3.9, and all three had an epicentre not far from Petrinja.


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The Croatian Air Navigation Services reported on Tuesday night that the control tower in Zagreb suffered damage in the earthquake, which interrupted air traffic over Zagreb for some time.

The statement explained that the control tower Zagreb suffered damage in the earthquake today, and immediately after that the airport air traffic control service was suspended.

After an inspection of the building the Croatian Air Navigation Services reopened in the mid-afternoon.

The devastating earthquake hit Petrinja and Sisak-Moslavina County at 12:19 p.m. The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) estimated it to have a magnitude of 6.2 according to Richter, and was felt by six million people.


Red Cross Dubrovnik has joined the appeal of the Croatian Red Cross and is collecting donations to help with the recovery of Petrinja after today’s horrific earthquake.

Red Cross Dubrovnik have announced that donations can be delivered to the Sports Centre in Gospino polje tomorrow, December 30, from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

And the Red Cross have produced a list of the items most needed.


Flour 1kg
Oil - vegetable or sunflower 1 litre
Rice 1kg
Sugar 1kg
Salt 1kg
Pasta - Macaroni or spaghetti
Packet Soup
Tinned fish
Tinned meat
Sweet spread - Marmalade, chocolate, etc.
UHT Milk 1 litre
Water - 0.5, 1, 1.5, 5 litre
Dried fruits
Nuts - Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc.


Soap for hands
Disposable razors
Wet wipes
Toilet rolls
Sanitary pads
Cotton buds


Medical masks
Protective suits
Glasses or eye protection
Alcoholic hand sanitizer (antiseptic, antibacterial)
Alcohol-based wipes


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The mayors of Dubrovnik, Split, Sibenik and Zadar, on Tuesday after the devastating earthquake that hit Petrinja, agreed on a video meeting to cancel the planned New Year's programs and decided that each city immediately pay 150,000 Kuna to help the city of Petrinja.

At the same time, they started coordinating all emergency services and made available all the necessary resources from mechanization, accommodation capacities to further financial assistance.

"We express our condolences and solidarity due to the consequences of the strong earthquake that hit Petrinja and the Petrinja region. We deeply regret the tragic loss of life and the damage caused, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured. Our cities are at your disposal and we are ready to provide assistance," the mayors said in a joint statement.


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The Interior Ministry (MUP) reported on Tuesday that the e-pass system had been suspended and that police across Croatia were abolishing checkpoints between counties. This lockdown of inter-county travel was introduced to combat the spread of Covid-19 across Croatia, however due to the shocking earthquake that hit Croatia today the system has been stopped in order to allow people to travel.

"Police throughout the Republic of Croatia are abolishing checkpoints between counties. The e-pass system has been suspended," the Ministry of the Interior announced.

"Adhere to epidemiological measures, reduce the speed of vehicles and do not rush," advises the Ministry of the Interior.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry reported that passes, which were introduced as a measure due to the coronavirus epidemic, had been revoked for Sisak-Moslavina County.

The devastating earthquake with the epicentre near Petrinja, which was felt throughout Croatia at 12.19 pm and in neighbouring countries, was 6.2, the Seismological Service reported.

According to media reports, at least 20 injured people were taken to the Sisak hospital.


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The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, officially sent a message of support to the Mayor of Petrinja, Darinko Dumbović, and at the same time offered the City of Dubrovnik's assistance in resources as well as financial assistance in rebuilding the destroyed city.

Here is the letter from the Mayor of Dubrovnik to the Mayor of Petrinja in full –

Dear Mayor,

First of all let me express my sincere regret for this unfortunate event that befell Petrinja. As the leader of the city who has gone through similar sufferings throughout its history, I would like to point out that Dubrovnik is completely at your disposal. Despite the fact that the Covid-19 crisis has hit us significantly financially, we are ready to help you as well. To help you deal with the aftermath of this terrible earthquake, we also make all our resources available to you - from human assistance to equipment assistance. The fire brigade of the City of Dubrovnik, in accordance with the previous agreement with the County Fire Brigade, is today sending its employees to your city, and they will be joined by members of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service - Dubrovnik Station.

Dubrovnik is with you.

Mayor - Mato Franković


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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake with an epicentre 3 kilometres from Petrinja was felt throughout the whole of Croatia, and indeed throughout the whole region.

The shocking earthquake was followed by three new tremors, all stronger than 3 on the Richter Scale.

The material damage in the area is enormous, the scenes from the city scenes are truly dramatic, and there appears to be a large number of injured. Sirens of fire trucks and ambulances echo through the city, and a rescue operation is underway at several locations. In the very centre of the city, almost all the houses have collapsed.

Unfortunately, a 12-year-old was killed in the earthquake in Petrinja.

Most of Zagreb was left without electricity, cars are in traffic jams and many ciitzens left their homes and offices and collected in public parks away from buildings.

Al least 300 Croatian army soldiers have arrived in Petrinja to help with the operation.

Petrinja Mayor, Darinko Dumbović, said in his first statement for N1 that half of the city had been demolished and asked for help to be sent to Petrinja immediately.

"The kindergarten collapsed, but fortunately there were no children in the kindergarten," Dumbovic said.

Seismologist Krešimir Kuk said the quake was of magnitude 6.2. He says that the epicentre was between Sisak and Petrinja.






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A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit the Petrinja area. It was felt throughout Croatia and caused numerous material damages. And unfortunately, a 12-year-old girl died in Petrinja.

The President of the European Commission spoke about the whole situation on Twitter.

"Another strong earthquake hit Croatia, another in two days. I spoke with Prime Minister Plenković. We are ready to help. I asked the European Commissioner for Crisis Situations, Janez Lenarčić, to travel to Croatia as soon as possible," she wrote on Twitter.


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