Croatia: Zagreb assesses earthquake damage

27 wounded, 18 serious. Serious damage to at least 250 buildings

23 March, 12:33

    ZAGREB - The magnitude-5.5 earthquake that hit Zagreb at sunrise on Sunday caused 27 wounded, 18 in serious condition, with a 15-year-old girl in life-threatening condition, according to the most recent bulletin released Monday morning by the country's civil protection service.
    It said at least 250 buildings in the centre of Zagreb suffered serious damage, including the cathedral, other churches, the parliament building, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, and the headquarters of the rectorate of the University of Zagreb - all structures built between the 19th and 20th century.
    Many residences in the historic centre have been declared unsafe and hundreds of people are currently unable to return to their homes.
    About 30 people are sheltering in a student dormitory transformed to host them, while the majority are staying with friends and relatives.
    After the first two large shocks, between 6:30 and 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, about 30 aftershocks followed.
    The most intense of these took place Sunday morning, with the last one, a magnitude-3.0 aftershock, early Monday morning around 3 a.m.

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