A 12-year-old girl has died following a powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude that struck the town of Petrinj, central Croatia.
Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic confirmed the news in a statement on Tuesday, December 29.
The deceased minor was killed in Petrinja, the town that was worst hit by the tremor with the population of about 25,000 people located 37 miles (60km) from the capital, Zagreb.
In his statement during the visit to Petrinja city after the earthquake, Plenkovic said the tremor tore down buildings and injured several people and rescue mission is underway.
He also said the army has prepared 500 places in barracks to house those that have been affected while others would be accommodated in nearby hotels.
Plenkovic added that the biggest part of central Petrinja is in a red zone, which makes most of the buildings not usable.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit 28 miles southeast of Zagreb causing extensive damage to buildings.
Al Jazeera report indicated that the tremor started at around 11.19am on Tuesday downing phone lines, sending Croatians and neighbouring Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina into a state of shock with many people running out of their homes for safety.
Commenting on the calamity Petrinja’s mayor, Darinko Dumbovic has asked for help following the condition of the city which he described as “not liveable” as a result of the tremor.
Other reports indicated that on Monday, the same area was struck by a 5.2 quake.
Croatia is prone to earthquakes, but big quakes are rare. The last strong quake with 6.0-magnitude struck in the 1990s in the Adriatic town of Ston.
However, in March an earthquake that measured 5.3-magnitude quake damaged several buildings in the heart of Zagreb.
Croatia is located in Central and Southeast Europe, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It borders Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to the southeast, and Slovenia to the northwest.