Iran Expresses Regret over Croatia Earthquake

A destroyed car in Zagreb, Croatia is seen following the earthquake on March 22, 2020 / Photo by AP

Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has expressed sympathy with the Croatian nation and government over the earthquake that struck the country on Sunday.

In a statement, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi expressed regret over the powerful quake which caused severe damages in Croatia.

He also sympathized with the Croatian government and nation, especially those who suffered damages from the inauspicious incident.

The powerful earthquake struck north of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, damaging buildings, burying vehicles in rubble and causing several fires.

As firefighting and rescue operations were ongoing at several locations across Zagreb on Sunday, news outlets reported that a 15-year-old was in critical condition and others were injured.

GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences said the quake, which was felt across the Western Balkans, struck at a depth of 10km (six miles). It downgraded the magnitude to 5.3 from an initial reading of 6.0.

“It lasted over 10 seconds. By far the strongest I have ever felt,” one witness said, adding that it was followed by several aftershocks.

Croatia’s Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic issued an appeal on Twitter for people in the streets to keep a social distance from each other as the country struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus. So far, Croatia has confirmed 206 cases of the virus and one death.

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