(PHOTOs) Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Struck Central Croatia, Rattles Several Neighbouring Countries

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck central Croatia on Tuesday, killing seven people, injuring more than 20 and rattling several neighbouring countries.

Rescuers pulled people from the rubble of collapsed buildings in Petrinja and other towns, as army troops were sent to the area to help.

A woman cries after buildings in her neighbourhood in Petrinja were damaged in the earthquake. [AP Photo]

Tremors were also felt in Croatia’s capital Zagreb and as far away as Austria’s capital Vienna. Slovenia shut its only nuclear power plant as a precaution.

People and soldiers clean up rubble next to a car and buildings damaged in Petrinja. [Antonio Bat/EPA]

It was the second quake to strike the area in two days and aftershocks of magnitude 3.0 and higher were felt throughout the day.

A man with a head injury is escorted away from buildings damaged in the earthquake in Petrinja. [Antonio Bat/EPA]

People in Zagreb rushed onto the streets, some of which were strewn with broken roof tiles and other debris.

A day earlier on Monday, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit central Croatia, also near Petrinja.

A woman pushes her walker outside a hospital as patients are evacuated after the earthquake in Sisak. [Antonio Bronic/Reuters]

In March, a temblor of magnitude 5.3 rattled Zagreb, causing one death and injuring 27 people.

Patients and medical staff are evacuated outside the Sveti Duh Hospital after an earthquake in Zagreb. [Goran Stanzl/PIXSELL/Reuters]
A view of remains of a car covered by debris and buildings damaged in Petrinja [AP Photo]
Ambulances drive past damaged buildings in Petrinja. [Antonio Bat/EPA]
People warm up around a fire after the earthquake in Petrinja. [Antonio Bronic/Reuters]