Dec. 29 (UPI) — A magnitude-6.2 earthquake shook Croatia on Tuesday, inflicting no less than six deaths and heavy harm close to the capital of Zagreb, the Inside Ministry stated.

The quake was centered simply west of Petrinja, a metropolis of 25,000 about 30 miles southeast of Zagreb, Croatian seismologists stated.

Shaking was felt round midday by almost 6 million individuals in Croatia and across the Balkans, prompting large-scale rescue operations, state-owned HRT Information reported.

The Inside Ministry stated a 12-year-old woman was killed in Petrinja and 5 males died in close by Majske Poljane. Officers stated there have been cries from victims trapped in cities within the area. Quite a few accidents had been reported.

“We’re doing all the things to assist the residents of Petrinja and surrounding locations on this dramatic and tragic state of affairs,” Inside Minister Davor Božinović stated. “The devastating earthquake took human lives, destroyed properties and we deeply sympathize with each human being and with all of the households which have perished.”

An official stated Sisak Common Hospital was largely destroyed.

“We’ve got nowhere to come back to work tomorrow, solely the gynecology constructing stays, the place we’re presently caring for probably the most significantly ailing,” stated hospital director Tomislav Dujmenovic, who added that most of the severely injured had been evacuated to Zagreb.

The Croatian Military was offering assist in Petrinja below route from Protection Minister Mario Banozic, officers stated. Croatian President Zoran Mlanovic and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic additionally visited town.

Tuesday’s quake was the second within the space inside 24 hours, after a magnitude-5.zero earthquake on Monday.