NO MALAYSIANS AFFECTED IN CROATIA EARTHQUAKE, SAYS EMBASSY

SANKARA SUBRAMANIAM A/L VENKATACHALAM

   KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 (Bernama) – There are no reports of Malaysians affected following a magnitude 5.3 earthquake which struck Croatia's capital of Zagreb yesterday at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), said the Embassy of Malaysia in Croatia.

The embassy said they are in constant touch with Malaysians registered with the embassy via email, and have received feedback from some of them saying that they are safe.

“At this moment of writing, there is no report of Malaysians being affected by the earthquake, “said the embassy in a statement to an email sent by Bernama on the matter.

The embassy said for now, they could still feel mild tremors from time to time – between 40 to 60 times  –since the strongest hit.

The quake, which occurred less than 10 kilometres north-northeast of the city centre yesterday [Sunday at 6.30 am (0530GMT)] was also reportedly felt in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.

It damaged many homes and workplaces in the capital as well as historical buildings.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the earthquake was the strongest in 140 years, calling on people who exited buildings to keep their distance and stay calm.

On another note, the embassy said there is no record of Malaysians being stranded in Croatia in view of the travel restrictions to contain COVID-19.

-- BERNAMA

 

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