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Astonishing video from epicentre of natural disaster


#Unsettling footage has emerged of the moment a deadly earthquake struck central #Europe this week.

#On #Tuesday, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake killed seven people, destroyed homes and saw cars crushed under rubble in #Croatia.

The epicentre of the quake was just outside the town of #Petrinja, 60km south of capital #Zagreb.

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#At the very moment the earthquake hit, #Petrinja mayor #Darinko #Dumbovic was holding a press conference in the centre of the town.

A video from the conference caught the deafening roar as the earthquake hit. The ground shook and people screamed and stumbled as #Mr #Dumbovic looked on, momentarily stunned.

“Horrific,” said #Igor #Sebo, who uploaded the video to social media. “The ground literally bounced.”

#As the footage continued, the camera swung around to reveal dust and debris as parts of buildings began to disintegrate.

#Church bells, apparently shaken and swinging due to the quake, can be heard to ring out.

The full video can be seen in the tweet below.

#On #Wednesday rescue workers were continuing to sift through the rubble of the earthquake that claimed at least seven lives, including children.

#Tuesday’s toll included a young girl struck by falling debris on a street, a man who had tried to resuscitate her told local media.

#Another victim was buried beneath rubble in a village church, a priest told state news agency HINT.

#At least 20 people were injured, #Croatian police said, while six survivors were rescued from wreckage.

#Neighbouring #Slovenia’s sole nuclear power plant in #Vrbina, around 100km from #Petrinja, was shut down after the tremor as a precaution.

The quake, which was felt across the #Balkans, shook buildings that had already been weakened by a moderate tremor in the same region on #Monday. The #Balkans lie near fault lines and see regular seismic activity.

#Many in and around the hard-hit town of #Petrinja spent a sleepless night in fear of new tremors. #While hundreds sheltered in a nearby military barracks, others opted to stay in their cars.

“We go inside to quickly grab what we need and we return here,” local resident #Visnja, 66, told AFP. #She was sitting around a fire outside her home in #Petrinja on #Wednesday morning after having slept in her car.

#In the nearby village of #Majske #Poljane, the quake killed five people as well as mangling homes and farm buildings in the poor community.

“I can hardly wait for this horrible year to end … we have only one more day,” whispered #Silvana #Velic, a 29-year-old mother of four huddled in the cold outside her damaged house.

#Local volunteers delivered food, clothes and blankets to those in need, while civil protection workers promised containers or camping trailers for those unable to sleep at home.

The #European #Union said it was mobilising aid from other member states, including containers, winterised tents and heaters.

#From the #Vatican, #Pope #Francis expressed sympathy for the victims in the mainly #Catholic country.

“I hope that the authorities of the country, with the help of the international community, will soon be able to alleviate the suffering of the dear #Croatian people,” he said.

– with AFP



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https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/horror-as-deadly-croatia-earthquake-caught-live-on-tv/news-story/f6703d1d033329c5a71c2ca367337e58

##Astonishing #video #epicentre #natural #disaster

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