A series of three earthquakes rocked Zagreb this morning with the first crashing into the capital at 6.23 this morning and measuring an alarming 5.3 on the Richter scale. The second shook the Croatian capital just over half an hour later when at 7.03 and measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale the full effects were felt. And finally the third in the series shook Zagreb at 7.41 and measured 3.7.
Large parts of the capital were left without electricity after the first earthquake shook the city and facades and buildings were damaged.
Three earthquakes hit Zagreb - Photo The Dubrovnik Times
One of the ancient and iconic spires of the Zagreb Cathedral came crashing down and has changed the skyline of the capital.
"This was a strong earthquake, but much weaker than the one that struck the city in 1880. Quite possibly the first one was a major earthquake, but we cannot know in advance. There will certainly be subsequent earthquakes, some of which will feel very much like this one today, " commented Marijan Herak of the Geophysical Department of the Faculty of Science in Zagreb to HRT.
Streets closed in Zagreb - Photo The Dubrovnik Times
Many citizens of Zagreb left their homes and apartment after the first quake struck and gathered in public spaces away from tall buildings. Of course in the current coronavirus pandemic they also had to be careful to keep their distance from other people.
Damage to buildings across the heart of the capital is severe with facades and some vehicles completely destroyed. There are reports that some people have been trapped in their apartments but so far there is no news of any injuries or fatalities.
Vechiles destroyed as facades come crashing down - Photo The Dubrovnik Times