Did you, like me, wake up early Sunday morning because you felt like something was moving under your bed? And then you slept on, sure you only dreamed it?*
I also indulged in an hour of sleep without worry. But with morning coffee, I realized I had no dream.
»Today at 6:24, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 shook Zagreb, and we also felt it in Slovenia,« websites reported.
In the Croatian capital, a powerful earthquake hurt at least 17 people and a 15-year-old girl was seriously injured and later unfortunately died.
The epicenter of the quake was seven kilometres north of Zagreb.
Residents fled the streets in fear, including midwives with newborns from the maternity ward.
Many buildings, including hospitals, were damaged and part of the bell tower of Zagreb Cathedral was broken. The city lacked electricity and water for a while.
»People are standing in the lawns, many are sitting in cars because nobody knows what will happen,« were the first impressions of Delo journalist Zorana Baković.
On a cold morning, the people of Zagreb experienced two weaker aftershocks.
Despite the natural disaster that struck them, the danger of the spread of the new coronavirus and the importance of an adequate safety distance from other people should not be forgotten.
Sunday’s earthquake was the worst in Zagreb in the last 140 years.
In Slovenia, we remember well the 1998 earthquake, which was even stronger. The Easter earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 affected the Soča Region.
*The original version of this article was published on March 23rd.