Croatian earthquakes caused losses also in the neighboring countries


The 6.4-magnitude earthquake has hit Croatia in 29 December, killing at least seven people and causing severe damage to the town of Petrinja south-east of the capital Zagreb, has also affected the neighboring Bosnia and Serbia, and was felt also in the southern Austria and Hungary.

According prefect Ivo Zinic’s statement one week in the new year, more than 22,000 buildings in Sisak-Moslavina County were damaged, while 20% of the 8,743 buildings inspected so far are completely destroyed. 116,000 people were directly affected by the earthquake and 66,000 by the damage. Damage has been reported to 3,000 family farms, 750 trades businesses and over 800 firms.

The Croatian government announced it will provide approx. EUR 21.1 million to protect jobs at companies in Sisak-Moslavina county, in a job retention scheme that will be available for the following two months. In addition, the ministry of economy will finance the rehabilitation of the offices of SMEs in the regions affected by the earthquake by providing HRK 10 million.

Croatia hit by M6.4 earthquake, strongest recorded to hit the country


Yesterday, Croatia was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that has destroyed many buildings and was the largest quake to strike the country since the introduction of modern seismic instrumentation.

The M6.4 earthquake struck central Croatia at 11:19 GMT on Tuesday December 29th at a depth of 10km around 30 miles southeast of the capital city Zagreb.

The earthquake was widely felt in the region, with shaking experienced across the Balkans and property damage experienced in a wide number of towns and villages across central Croatia.

TURKEY: significant material losses expected after the October 30th earthquake in the Aegean area


A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 91 people and injuring over 1,000 amid collapsed buildings and flooding, according to the latest official data available. The quake also made a couple of victims, and injured 19 people, in addition to the material damages.

The quake was felt across the eastern Greek islands, but also much further, in Athens and Bulgaria. In Turkey, it shook the regions of Aegean and Marmara. Although citizens of Istanbul have also felt the seismic wave, no damages were reported in the city.

More than $1 billion pledged for post-earthquake recovery in Albania


The international community has pledged $1.25 billion to help Albania recover from a devastating earthquake during a European Union-led donors’ conference in Brussels. 

“UN agencies have joined forces in developing and implementing the recovery measures based on the sectoral needs as identified by the Government,” said Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Director of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS.

The pledges are expected to cover the country’s reconstruction needs following the November 2019 earthquake, which was the strongest to hit Albania in more than 30 years and killed 51 people.

The aftermath of the earthquake also increased the poverty rate by 2.3 per cent and hit more than one per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), with 220,000 people or 10 percent of the country’s population being affected.

A post-disaster needs assessment undertaken by the European Union, the United Nations, the World Bank and Albania appealed for € 1.08 billion from international donors to rebuild vital infrastructure such as houses, schools, and businesses.

That amount will also fund an upgrade in the country’s disaster preparedness.

Ms. Spoljaric called for transparency in the recovery effort and urged the Albanian Government to streamline its disaster preparedness, as the country being the most vulnerable to disasters in Europe.

She further added that a strong recovery programme would provide sound foundations for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Albania.

Caribbean earthquake could prompt CCRIF coverage assessment


A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the Caribbean yesterday in the afternoon local time, swaying buildings as far away as Miami, Florida and causing some localised damage to countries including the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Cuba.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties and damage in the region appears relatively light.

However, the quake could result in an assessment of the parametric catastrophe insurance policies provided by the CCRIF SPC (formerly known as the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) and perhaps its reinsurance coverage, as its modelled loss trigger calculation process may be required to run, given the severity of the earthquake event.

A fost actualizata lista imobilelor din Bucuresti ce risca sa se prabuseasca in cazul unui cutremur


349 de cladiri din Bucuresti sunt incadrate in clasa I de risc seismic (constructii cu risc ridicat de prabusire la cutremurul de proiectare corespunzator starii limita), conform AMCCRS – Administratia Municipala pentru Consolidarea Cladirilor cu Risc Seismic – care a publicat pe site lista actualizata a imobilelor expertizate tehnic din punctul de vedere al riscului seismic.

Lista imobilelor expertizate tehnic a fost actualizata pe 7 ianuarie a.c.

De asemenea, 368 de imobile (cu 2 mai multe fata de actualizarea anterioara) au fost incadrate in clasa a II-a de risc seismic (constructii care sub efectul cutremurului de proiectare pot suferi degradari structurale majore, dar la care pierderea stabilitatii este putin probabila), iar in clasa a III-a (care include cladiri care, sub efectul cutremurului de proiectare, pot prezenta degradari structurale care nu afecteaza semnificativ siguranta structurala, dar la care degradarile nestructurale pot fi importante) se afla 114 cladiri (+1).

Can one earthquake cause a cascade of more?

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY Matthew Blackett & Coventry University HERE

Europe isn’t a region well known for intense seismic activity, but large earthquakes do happen. In 1953, a devastating 6.8 magnitude quake struck the Greek Ionian Islands. Though these large events tend to be the exception rather than the rule, a flurry of significant earthquakes struck the Balkans on November 27 2019, with epicentres in Bosnia, Albania and Crete. Geologists are worried that these events might gain momentum, with larger and more destructive events imminent.

Should residents be worried? The Balkans – a region stretching from Croatia to mainland Greece, and the Greek islands to the south – has a very complex geology. The whole region is tectonically active due to compression of the Earth’s crust further north and subduction – when one tectonic plate moves under another – to the south. Each process plagues this part of the world with frequent, though usually small, tremors.

Lekima the second most costly China typhoon as estimate hits $7.4bn


Typhoon Lekima is without doubt set to become one of the most expensive natural disaster events to strike China in recent years, with the latest economic damage estimate of approximately US $7.4 billion placing the storm as the second most expensive typhoon to hit China ever.

Typhoon Lekima came ashore in Zhejiang province China as a Category 2 equivalent typhoon, having weakened after passing the Japanese Ryukyu islands.

Update: An early estimate of insured losses from the storm has been pegged at US $855m+ by AIR Worldwide.

Update: Economic loss figures from official sources increased to CNY 53.72 billion, US $7.63 billion on August 15th.