İrem UZUN -TDO- A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked central Croatia on Tuesday, killing at least five people and leaving more than 20 others injured, officials said. The quake struck near the town of Petrinja, around 50 kilometers south of the capital, Zagreb, according to the United States Geological Survey. The tremors were also felt in neighboring countries Bosnia and Serbia.

The mayor of Petrinja, Darinko Dumbovic, told state television that "we have bricks and tiles in the streets and fallen chimneys".  In Zagreb, tremors awoke residents and sent them fleeing into the streets.  Security cameras showed parked cars shaking for several seconds, triggering their alarms.  Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic promised state help in repairing the damage while he toured the quake-hit regions on Monday. "This year is ending the way it started," Plenkovic said, referring to an earthquake in the country earlier in 2020. 

Slovenia’s Krsko nuclear power plant has been shut down as a precaution the earthquake, the plant’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.  “I can confirm the preventive shutdown,” spokeswoman Ida Novak Jerele told AFP, but could not give any further details.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, tweeted that she had spoken with Plenković following the disaster, adding that the EU was "ready to support" Croatia.  European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, also tweeted "We are closely following the situation on the ground in Croatia after another earthquake. Our Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in contact with authorities. We stand ready to help!"

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