A 5.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Croatia, causing widespread panic and damage

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A strong earthquake has shaken Croatia and its capital, causing widespread damage and panic in the early hours of Sunday 22 Mar. 20.

According to the European seismological agency, EMSC, the earthquake measured 5.3 and struck mostly the north of the capital, Zagreb, at 6:23 a.m. (0523 GMT) Sunday.

The epicenter was 7 kilometers (4 miles) north of Zagreb at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

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Power was cut for a brief moment, as people rushed of their homes at the sound of the alarms. Several fires were also reported.

According to the local reporters, several people were injured including an adolescent of 15 years old who is currently in critical condition.

Several buildings have cracked walls and rooftops have been damaged. Downtown streets were littered with debris.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic reported that the earthquake was the biggest in Zagreb in the last 140 years.

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