5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Zagreb in Croatia (Pictures)
Mar 23, 2020 World 3169 By Afam Jude Offor
An earthquake has rocked Croatia's capital Zagreb, damaging buildings and leaving cars crushed by falling chunks of masonry. A teenager is in a critical condition after a roof collapsed, local media say. The spire of the city's cathedral also snapped off. After Sunday's tremor, Zagreb's mayor urged people to return to their homes given fears about the coronavirus. The 5.3-magnitude quake is the largest to affect the city in 140 years. Panicked residents ran out into the streets when it struck around 06:00 local time and were initially told to stay out by authorities. "Keep your distance. Don't gather together. We are facing two serious crises, the earthquake and the epidemic," Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said.