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 😆
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 😛 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 😀
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