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Thursday, December 08, 2022

1 killed, many injured in 5.7 earthquake in Bosnia

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck southern Bosnia late Friday, killing one person and injuring several others, local media reports said.

A medical source quoted by the media said a 28-year-old woman, who was injured by a rock fall in the town of Stolak, near Mostar, died in hospital. Several others, including members of the victim’s family, sustained minor injuries.

According to local and civil protection officials, the quake also toppled walls and caused property damage in several other areas, including the city of Mostar and Ljubinje.

The US Geological Survey said the shallow quake occurred at 2107 GMT and was centered about 14 kilometers northeast of Lubinje.

According to AFP correspondents, it was felt in the Balkans as far away as Belgrade, Zagreb and Skopje, more than 400 kilometers from the epicenter of the quake. Reports to the USGS indicate that the quake was also felt in Albania and southern Italy.

This was followed by several weak aftershocks.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center warned that “post-earthquake tremors are likely in the coming hours and days.”

The Balkans are prone to seismic activity, and earthquakes occur frequently.

On December 29, 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake killed seven people and destroyed hundreds of buildings and homes near the capital Zagreb in the Petrinja region of Croatia.

In March 2020, Zagreb suffered 5.3 aftershocks causing extensive damage. In November 2019, more than 50 people were killed by a 6.4 earthquake in Albania, leaving thousands homeless.

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