2020 Petrinja earthquake
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|UTC time||2020-12-29 11:19:54|
|Local date||29 December 2020|
|Local time||12:20 p.m. CET (UTC+1)|
|Magnitude||6.4 Mw, 6.2 ML|
|Depth||10 km (6.2 mi)|
|Max. intensity||VIII (Severe)|
|Foreshocks||3 with a ML4.0 or greater |
Largest: Mw5.2 at 05:28 UTC, 28 December 2020
Largest: Mw4.8 at 05:15 UTC, 30 December 2020
|Casualties||7 dead, 26 injured|
At approximately 12:20 PM CET (11:20 UTC) on 29 December 2020, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 Mw, 6.2 ML, hit the Sisak-Moslavina County, Croatia, with an epicenter 3 km (1.8 mi) west-southwest of Petrinja. The maximum felt intensity was estimated at VIII (Heavily damaging) to IX (Destructive) on the European macroseismic scale. Before this event there were three foreshocks, the strongest of which with a magnitude of Mw5.2 on the day before. The earthquake was followed by numerous aftershocks, the strongest of which with a magnitude of 4.8.
Seven people were confirmed dead, and at least 26 others were injured, with six having serious injuries. Initial reports show many buildings destroyed in Petrinja. The mayor of Petrinja Darinko Dumbović said that half of the town has been destroyed.
Tectonic setting[edit source | edit]
The Pokuplje seismic area follows the Kupa river valley from Karlovac to Sisak. This area has been affected by several historical earthquakes, the best known being the major event in 1909 with the epicenter near Pokupsko, with aftershocks that continued into 1910. It had a maximum felt intensity of VIII on the MCS scale. This seismicity has been associated with reactivation of northwest–southeast trending normal faults that form the southwestern boundary of the Pannonian Basin.
The last earthquake on the territory of Croatia that had the intensity of 6.0 ML was in Ston in 1996. In 1962, a 5.9 ML earthquake hit the Makarska region. In 1969, the fault system which extends from Jastrebarsko over this area towards Banja Luka had a 6.6 ML earthquake which hit the latter city, and that one was also preceded by significant foreshocks one day earlier. In 1880, a ML 6.3 struck northeast of Zagreb. In March 2020, a 5.5 ML earthquake struck the city of Zagreb.
Earthquake[edit source | edit]
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The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.4 Mw and a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) according to Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) and European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), while the Seismological Service of Croatia recorded 6.2 ML. The maximum felt intensity was VIII (heavily damaging) to IX (destructive) on the European macroseismic scale (EMS) and VIII (severe) on the Modified Mercalli intensity scale (MMI).
The location and depth of this event show that it was an intraplate earthquake that occurred as a result of shallow strike-slip faulting within the Eurasian Plate. The calculated focal mechanism for the event indicates that rupture occurred on a nearly vertical fault striking either to the southeast or southwest.
Foreshocks[edit source | edit]
Aftershocks[edit source | edit]
Damage[edit source | edit]
The town of Petrinja was the worst affected, with many buildings collapsed and a major power outage. Damage and power outages were also reported in Glina, Topusko, Dvor, Gvozd, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Sunja, Velika Gorica, Sisak and Zagreb.
Sisak-Moslavina County[edit source | edit]
In Petrinja, the town closest to the epicenter, almost all houses were damaged. The whole town center was heavily damaged. One elementary school was damaged. Roofs of the town hall and the Church of Saint Lawrence were destroyed. The entire village of Brest Pokupski near Petrinja was heavily damaged.
The city of Sisak, located roughly 20 km (12 mi) northeast of the epicenter, suffered major damage to its hospital as well as its city hall. Despite the damage, the hospital was not shut down. Most damage was inflicted on old buildings in the center of the town. It is estimated that between 700 and 1,000 houses were damaged in Sisak and nearby villages.
In village of Strašnik where the epicenter was, as well as in nearby village of Sibić almost all houses were damaged. Part of the villages population was evacuated and tents with food and water were set up.
Majske Poljane is a village that suffered most damage from the earthquake, all buildings were damaged and many collapsed. It is also the place with the largest number of deaths, out of seven total fatalities five were in Majske Poljane.
Zagreb County and City of Zagreb[edit source | edit]
Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit source | edit]
Buildings were damaged in multiple towns across northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina (Una-Sana Canton and northern Republika Srpska). Towns which were damaged are: Bihać, Cazin, Kozarska Dubica and Kostajnica which suffered most damage from the earthquake. In Kostajnica, state of emergency was declared, earthquake caused 6 conflagrations and many buildings were damaged including town hall which was declared out of function.
Casualties[edit source | edit]
A 13-year-old girl died and at least 20 others were injured in Petrinja. The town's mayor was quoted stating that half of the town was destroyed. A 20-year-old man and his father were killed when their house collapsed in Majske Poljane near Glina. Three other people were later found dead in the same village. Majske Poljane was hardest hit of all the settlements affected by the earthquake. One person was later found dead in Žažina, after the local church collapsed.
International reactions[edit source | edit]
Countries[edit source | edit]
- Albania – €250,000 were allocated by the Albanian government for humanitarian aid and future reconstruction of Petrinja, Croatia.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Ministry of Security offered the Croatian Ministry of the Interior – the Civil Protection Headquarters – assistance after the earthquake. The Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Security, after consultations and coordination with institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, made two protection and rescue teams available: the team of the Federal Civil Protection Administration with 42 rescuers, and the team of the Republic Civil Protection Administration of Republika Srpska with 18 rescuers, which will be sent to the affected area with their accompanying equipment if the aid is accepted by Croatia.
- Greece – Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis offered his condolences to the victims' families, while affirming that the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection is ready to assist.
- Hungary – Prime Minister Viktor Orbán offered help in disaster mitigation and reconstruction in a letter to his Croatian counterpart.
- Italy – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Twitter that Italy is ready to provide Croatia with all assistance and help needed.
- Montenegro – President Milo Đukanović said that Montenegro is ready to help Croatia. Dritan Abazović, the Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro, added that Croatia can expect Montenegro to provide any help it needs.
- North Macedonia – President of the Government Zoran Zaev announced that his cabinet came to a decision to send 6 million Macedonian denars to Croatia.
- Romania – The Department for Emergency Situations (DSU) showed their willingness to intervene and provide support to the Croatian authorities. The DSU search and rescue teams declared readiness to intervene in Croatia on the basis of the request for assistance made by the Croatian government. Raed Arafat, head of the Emergency Situations Department, requested that the RO-USAR (Romanian – Urban Search and Rescue) teams be prepared to intervene.
- Serbia – President Aleksandar Vučić announced that Serbia is ready to help Croatia both financially and technically.
- Slovenia – Prime minister Janez Janša offered to send tents, beds and heaters to help take care of those who lost their homes during the earthquake, he also offered to send experts for damage assessment.
- Turkey – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in phone calls to his Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanović, extended his condolences to Croatia over the magnitude 6.4 earthquake. Erdoğan also stated that Turkey is ready to provide search and rescue teams and all other help that may be needed.
International organizations[edit source | edit]
- European Union – President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that the European Union is ready to support the country and that she asked Janez Lenarčič, the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, to travel to Croatia.
Aftermath[edit source | edit]
The earthquake prompted a preventative shutdown of the Krško Nuclear Power Plant in Slovenia, roughly 100 km (62 mi) away. The Paks Nuclear Power Plant in Hungary, roughly 300 km (190 mi) away, also felt the earthquake, but did not cease electricity production.
See also[edit source | edit]
References[edit source | edit]
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