As some of you have heard, central Serbia got struck by an 5.4 degrees Richter magnitude earthquake. It was in region of a town Kraljevo, about 200km – 125 miles south of Belgrade. Two people died when their house colapsed and about 50 were injured. Houses that suffered the most damage were mostly the old ones.
Main hit was at 1:58 early in the morning and it was well felt even in towns 300km away. My building were shaking and since I live on 7th floor it was a "shake me baby" moment. It lasted about 10 seconds but I slept over first half of it. This time there was no panic among my neighbours, many of them, including my grandpa, overslept the whole event :doh: My grandpa told me in the morning that he thought he was dreaming ๐Ÿ˜†
Earthquakes of that strength are not usual for this part of the world and are considered as strong here. The last similar one was in 1999. in nearby region when 12000 buildings were damaged and the worse thing was that it happened in the middle of NATO bombing of Serbia. Like that alone was not enough. Luckily, it lasted much shorter, it woked me up early in the morning and when I realised it was an earthquake and not a bomb, I turned on another side of bed and fall asleep again ๐Ÿ˜› The one that really scared me happened in 1998, it was 5.4 Richter magnitude and lasted about 20 seconds. I can't describe a sound my building made during it :insane:
History of earthquakes in Serbia has a record of a very strong one in 1456. with strength of 10 Mercalli scale – more than 7 Richters. In 1739. and 1740. another two of the 10 Mercalli scale, in 1922. 6 degrees Richter and 1927. another one in 5.9 degrees Richter. In newer history, the strong ones happened in 1978. (5.7 Richter) and 1980. (5.8 Richter). In nearby countries, there was a really strong one in Skopje, a capital of Macedonia, in 1963. – over 6 degrees Richter when 1000 people died, 3000 were injured and more than 100.000 were left homeless. More than 75% of city was destroyed. In Montenegro, in coastal city Bar, there was 7 degrees Richter earthquake in 1979. It lasted ten seconds, killing 136 persons in Montenegro and Albania, leaving about 100.000 homeless.
Our earthquakes are not among strongest ones but people are not used to them. One man was hurt today when he, during panic attack, jumped out from his appartment on first floor. I remember people running out of building during previous earthquakes even it was over; when everything start to shake some people just can't keep their head cool – this is how the most casualties occured.
Well, for me, today was a day like any other and I am grateful for that. I would not like to spend it under the tent or in shelter. Hopefully, next earthquake I won't even feel ๐Ÿ˜€

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48 Responses to Earthquake

  1. claudeb says:

    I'm glad you're fine, Darko. :eyes:5.4 degrees Richter shouldn't be threatening to a well-designed building though… :right:

  2. risis1977 says:

    Glad that you're fine :up:Just like here , my folks from west sumatera has been shaked by earthquake and tsunami ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . . And in the central java , merapi mountain eruptted , just like tere's blog talked about . . Hope God always blesses us . .

  3. thetomster says:

    :up: glad that you are fine …

  4. Spaggyj says:

    Happy you're okay, it's a shame some people died though.

  5. Aqualion says:

    Sorry. Couldn't help it.

  6. LorenzoCelsi says:

    Unfortunately most Italy is at risk of earthquakes. We had one recently with several thousand dead. We also have many people living in old or ancient buildings, so prevention is difficult.

  7. gdare says:

    Felix, most of the houses and buildings in central Serbia are old and uncared for. People there are not rich. But even some new houses suffered damage. Thanks :)Risis, I know, Merapi is number one news these days, along with unfortunate death of people in Sumatra :(Dirk, thanks :cheers:Martin ๐Ÿ˜† :DLorenzo, I remember Aquila, it was probably the worse earthquake in Europe in last decade. Unfortunately, officials start to think about prevention when something happen – with casualties and damage :irked: But as you said, there are a lot of old and historical buildings and towns and prevention is too difficult…Kimmie, thanks. Do you ever have earthquakes in England? I don`t think I have ever heard of any…

  8. Stardancer says:

    Glad you're okay, Darko. These things can be pretty scary.:eyes::smile:

  9. gdare says:

    Thank you, Star ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. MirabelaTM says:

    I didn't feel this one, I'm in Tm. My parents woke up when they felt it. I remember the one in 1999. That was scary..

  11. Suntana says:

    I hadn't heard or read about this earthquake, Darko.I read that there had been one in Sumatra. I couldn't remember whether Risis or Maryam was the one who lived in Sumatra.But, this one about Serbia is News on me.Glad to hear you're OK. :up:Whenever we read about something like this and / or see it in the TV News, we immediately think of who on the OC lives at wherever the disaster has struck.Day-Um! That must be the pits … being on the 7th floor at the time an earthquake strikes. :insane:

  12. gdare says:

    Mira, your town is too far away for you to feel it and it is good. No one likes to be awoken in 2 a.m. to see everything shaking :eyes:Carlos, today I am going to ask one of my friends how it was for him. He lives on 23rd floor :ko:Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. L2D2 says:

    A 5. is strong enough for me. I have never experienced an earthquake and hope I never do. All natural disasters are so devastating because===there's nothing one can do! We do have earthquakes in parts of the U.S. other than Calif. occasionally, but usually just mild tremors. Just glad being rudely awakened is the worst that happened to you. Maybe next time one occurs, you'll be safely elsewhere.

  14. LorenzoCelsi says:

    Actually there is something you could do, that is to build resistant houses. You think of tornadoes, they would have way less catastrophic effects if houses were built in reinforced concrete instead of wooden frames. The problem is this kind of prevention is expensive and often it is difficult to deploy because of the local situation, for example here we have town centers that are 3-400 years old and you can't demolish anything because they are considered "art cities".

  15. L2D2 says:

    Most of the houses and buildings being built in Smith Co. have steel studs and framework. Something that just started in the recent past.

  16. LorenzoCelsi says:

    If you go reading the architecture/engineering manuals, there are safety regulations and/or recommendation for all the possible risks. There are case studies, etc. But there is always a distance between theory and practice. The whole world is far from perfect.Edit: ironically, you get iron concrete and big buildings where there are earthquakes but it would be better to have wooden buildings of 2 or 3 stores max, then you get wooden small buildings where there are tornadoes and you should better have concrete big buildings.

  17. Spaggyj says:

    Yeah, we had a pretty big one in the 90s, a small one in 2002 and another tiny one in 2007/8. I was too young to remember the first one, the second one, I thought was a passing a train, and the third I slept through.

  18. raniakasim says:

    glad that ur OK Darko earthquakes and wars :yikes: fortunately Syria is not at risk of earthquakes

  19. Aqualion says:

    Never have earthquakes in Denmark. Nothing ever happens here. It sometimes stops raining for an hour, but that's about all.

  20. gdare says:

    Linda, somehow I knew immediately that it was an earthquake – I was awake in a moment and instinctly started to count seconds. If it lasted more than 10 seconds I would jump out of bed and try to find better place to stay – I have a big bookshelf just half a meter from my bed. I am not sure if anything would help me if that was a BIG one :left:Lorenzo, I think that in entire Serbia there are only few buildings made by Japanese architects during 70s and they are all in Zemun few kilometers from my home. They were even tested to strong earthquakes but that`s about it. After that someone decided it was too expensive to have them so they dropped the idea :left:Kimmie, I was two times in Japan and never felt an earthquake, even though they are very often there. But now that you`ve mentioned trains… :sherlock:Rania, you are lucky then ๐Ÿ˜€ :yes:

  21. LorenzoCelsi says:

    Want to buy a couple of second hand volcanoes?

  22. gdare says:


  23. SittingFox says:

    It's always a shock when an earthquake shows up somewhere unexpected. Glad you're okay, and sorry to hear about the people who were harmed by it :(I lived in an earthquake /tsunami zone on Vancouver Island but nothing ever happened.

  24. There2ia says:

    I am glad … you are fine, <darko… :)and people who suffer because of the earthquake will be helped soon…

  25. Abbacus says:

    Sorry to hear you had an earthquake and hope you'll be spared from any more. The last big one we had in my town occurred in the mid-afternoon. I was playing guitar and was in the middle of a B.B. King song: 'Everyday I have The Blues.' As the floor seemed to undulate and roll under me, I "went with it" and used the motion to accent my attempt at tight, fast vibrato, ala B.B.! Later, I noticed some rather severe cracks in the plaster finished walls and ceiling out in my circa 1924 apartment building. :eyes:

  26. gdare says:

    Teresia, thanks :DAdele, San told me there was no signifficant earthquakes in BC area but they are expecting a really big one :insane:Abbacus, I knew B.B. King`s music can move the Earth ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  27. SqueakeyCat says:

    I am glad to see that you are well, and that it didn't affect you as badly as it could have.Take care

  28. spooksister says:

    I wouldn't want to experience a disaster of any kind in a large city. The confusion and panic would be terrible. :yikes:

  29. gdare says:

    Kim, thank you :)Sal, I remember how people panicked when a major earthquake hit Montenegro in April 1979. It felt like a minor one in Belgrade but strong enough that almost all my neighbours run away from a building. I could hear them banging on the stairs long after a quake was over :doh: And they all went out looking at building to see if it will collapse :doh:

  30. Aqualion says:

    I can picture, that having lived through the Bosnian War, the events leading to it and the aftermath, gives you a perspective. After all, a minor earthquake is nothing compared to full scale civil war, is it?

  31. gdare says:

    Martin, I've never been in Bosnia during the war so I can't compare, but I had airplanes over my head in Belgrade. And Tomahawk missiles and bombs. I must say I would rather have earthquake. Somehow, it is more "human" if you know what I mean :left:

  32. clean says:

    Jesus! Glad you're okay, Darko! Well, that was my first reaction upon starting to read this. But reading further …… oh, yeah. Just sleep through it. Bah! ๐Ÿ˜† ;)Is your building more modern/earthquake-proof?

  33. Furie says:

    Seventh floor in an earthquake? Are you mad? Why didn't you move as soon as you knew an earthquake was comi… Oh sorry, just me that's omniscient. :p

  34. Aqualion says:

    The Bosnian War was somthing that touched every European. I can only imagine what it was like being in you area when it took place. Even though Belgrade was not in the war zone, it was close enough, I reckon.

  35. gdare says:

    Well, they've said it is safe for living; for now. But it would be smart to sell it and byu appartment somewhere else :left:

  36. clean says:

    Damn, man, have you thought about moving?!

  37. gdare says:

    Mik :lol:Martin, for me, war in Bosnia was everyday TV reports about first line shooting and casualties; also a refugees; war in Slovenia was a joke comparing to what happened in Croatia and, especially in Bosnia. The last one was a slaughter and despite what media were reporting, there were no innocent sides there. All three sides were both attackers and victims.

  38. gdare says:

    David, sorry I missed your comment somehow :doh: I live in a building made in 1973. No earthquake-proof and/or modern technology there. There is a crack on a wall in a hall on the 7th floor, appeared after that one in 1998. Also a big one on the ground level. After that, building remained wry for few degrees :insane:

  39. clean says:

    Somewhere a bit closer to the ground, maybe … ๐Ÿ˜‰

  40. edwardpiercy says:

    Well following Martin, I would like to say that sometimes it feels really good to shake.:DGlad it wasn't worse, and that the casualties were few.

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  42. Aqualion says:

    Do you have like crisis centers to go to if the roof fall down and you become homeless because of earthquake?

  43. raniakasim says:

    ya Darko according to what i see and heard about earthquakes , volcanoes and other similar disaster , i think i am very lucky , did u hear about Mirabi volcano in Indonesian ?

  44. gdare says:

    Martin, yes we do. Usually, there is emergency situations and crisis headquarters in a biggest city/town in the area; also, there are special police and military units that are meant to deal with such situations.Rania, Merapi volcano seems to be the biggest news in entire world by now :left:

  45. raniakasim says:

    to put it frankly , i heard about that earthquake from u not from the news . ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  47. Zulia says:

    yeah! I never thought or heard of quakes in Serbia! Its not in the news!!Good to know that you are ok!! *Hugs!

  48. gdare says:

    Zulia, I am happy we are not big news right now. I hope we will never be though :left: :insane:

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