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The Croatian Seismological Institute have published a map of earthquakes in Croatia for the period since the devastating earthquake that hit central Croatia.
The huge 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the Petrinja region on the 29th of December struck at exactly at 12:19, and the map shows all the subsequent quakes until the 30th of December up to 22:00.
Seen in this graphic way it is shocking to see the amount and indeed magnitude of earthquakes in central Croatia.
The Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (Hanfa) reported on Tuesday that more than 800 registered regulated entities from the United Kingdom (UK) and Gibraltar would be deleted from its registers due to Brexit.
As emphasized in the statement, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) from 1 January next year is considered a third country in relation to EU member states, which will lead to changes in Hanfa's registers regarding financial service providers from the UK and Gibraltar.
“On 1 January 2021, Hanfa will delete from its registers over 800 registered regulated entities based in the UK and Gibraltar, which until now were authorized to provide services and/or perform activities in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of an EU passport, as well as 57 alternative investment funds that have been notified for marketing in the Republic of Croatia", pointed out from Hanfa.
It was stated that these are 167 companies from the UK and three from Gibraltar notified for the provision of investment services and investment activities, 59 fund management companies from the EU, 110 insurance companies from the UK and a subsidiary of EU (re) insurance companies in the United Kingdom, five insurance companies from Gibraltar and a subsidiary of EU insurance companies in Gibraltar, 464 insurance distributors from the UK and one insurance distributor from Gibraltar.
The withdrawal agreement, ratified by the European Parliament on 29 January 2020, defines a transitional period - from 1 February to 31 December 2020 - during which companies from the UK, can freely provide services on the basis of an EU passport, and during the transitional period EU law applies to such companies.
After the end of this transitional period, UK companies will no longer be able to do so and will have to adjust their operations to the fact that from 1 January 2021 they will be in the status of third country companies vis-à-vis EU member states, Hanfa said.
The list of entities from the UK and Gibraltar that Hanfa will delete from its registers from 1 January 2021 and which will no longer be able to provide their services in the territory of the Republic of Croatia on the basis of an EU passport can be found on the Hanfa website.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 42 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (28 were determined by a rapid antigen test).
These are 19 people from Dubrovnik, nine from Konavle, four from the Zupa Dubrovacka, three from Ploče, two from Metković, one each from Korčula, Lumbarda, Orebić, Trpanj and Mljet.
A total of 22 males and 20 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 29 of them.
45 people have made a full recovery - 15 from Dubrovnik, six from Ploče, five from Korčula, four each from Metković and Vela Luka, three each from Konavle and Lumbarda, one each from Orebić, Slivno, Ston and Župa dubrovačka, and one person who does not reside in area of our county.
34 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Eight patients require intensive care, seven patients are on invasive ventilation, and one is on non-invasive ventilation.
In the last 24 hours, 258 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 33,035 samples have been analysed.
There are 640 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been six violations of the self-isolation measure (all six at border crossings).
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 55 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (25 were determined by a rapid antigen test).
These are 24 people from Dubrovnik, 11 from Konavle, six from Metković, five from Župa dubrovačka, three from Vela Luka, two each from Opuzen and Ploče, and two people who do not reside in our county.
A total of 23 males and 32 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 35 of them.
Unfortunately, one female from Dubrovnik (born in 1944) has passed away due to the virus.
45 people made a full recovery - 11 from Dubrovnik, nine from Metković, eight from Konavle, four each from Orebić and Župa dubrovačka, three each from Kula Norinska and Ploče, two from Opuzen and one from Dubrovacko Primorje.
33 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Eight patients require intensive care, seven patients are on invasive ventilation, and one is on non-invasive ventilation.
In the last 24 hours, 234 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 32,777 samples have been analysed, or around 27 percent of the population of the county.
There are 592 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been eight violations of the self-isolation measure (six at border crossings).
The end of the year has seen grey and stormy weather in the wider Dubrovnik region with strong southerly winds also bringing heavy seas.
The normally calm Adriatic Sea has been whipped up by the strong winds and waves have been crashing on Dubrovnik beaches.
Reports show that many of the beaches in the region have suffered some kind of damage and it is hardly surprising given the force of the waves.
During the winter months, especially when the south winds blow, the heavy seas bring with them a flotilla of plastic waste. And over the past few days with the grey skies and strong southerly winds the beaches of Dubrovnik have been littered with waste again. From a plastic canoe to shoes and of course a whole range of plastic bottles, there was even an uprooted tree. A reader sent these photos of the popular beach in the Bay of Lapad.
Whilst the southerly winds bring warmer temperatures, they also carry rain and overcast skies. The weather forecast predicts even more rain and changeable weather until at least the end of this week and well into the New Year.
The whole of Croatia reacted to the catastrophic earthquake that struck the region of Petrinja in central Croatia yesterday. Donations of money and much need items were soon flowing in to collection points up and down Croatia. The vast majority of these points were organised by private individuals and soon, thanks to word of mouth and social media, they became magnets for citizens wishing to donate to help.
Businesses and government institutions also stepped up and donated both money and goods. For example, the major cities of the Dalmatian coast, Split, Sibenik, Zadar and Dubrovnik all cancelled their planned New Year celebrations and instead donated the funds to the City of Petrinja. But this was not the only example, as layers of Croatia deployed to the maximum.
And Dubrovnik, just as the rest of the country, showed its humanitarian heart with numerous actions to collect food, hygiene products, blankets, coats and sleeping bags, just about everything was welcome, and they all arrived in huge numbers. From Cavtat to the north of the county, various organisations pulled their members to organise drop-offs. Rent-a-car business donated their vehicles free of charge to many of these actions, so that they collected items could be transported to central Croatia.
One of these hastily organised drop-off points was the Citroen service in Gruz where a large amount of donated items arrived last night. And of course volunteers were on hand to sort and organise all the worthy donations.
And financial help is still needed. If you wish to donate funds to the people affected by the earthquake in Petrinja and Sisak. The Croatian Red Cross has a special website (in English) that shows you how you, and indeed private businesses, can easily donate much needed funds to the action.
Here is a link to that website
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.