At least seven dead after strong earthquake strikes central Croatia

Casualties include girl, 12, as mayor of town of Petrinja says ‘half of the city no longer exists’

At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured after a strong earthquake hit central Croatia, destroying buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into rubble-covered streets in a town south-east of the capital Zagreb.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center said an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit 28 miles (46km) from Zagreb at 11.19am. Initial reports said the earthquake caused extensive damage, causing roofs, building facades and entire buildings to collapse.

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