Earthquake in Zagreb Timeline of Events

Immediately after two powerful earthquakes, Zagreb Office for Emergencies called upon officials of Civil Protection to appear on the sites worst affected by the most devastating temblor that hit Croatian capital in the past 140 years.

In the morning hours while the City was still shaking, the tents were put up at four location in the center providing meals and medical help.

In the afternoon those who were the most severely hit were homed in the student campus “Cvjetno”. Due to the medical concern with COVID-19 disease, the majority of students from Cvjetno campus left Zagreb earlier and followed the courses online.   

The City of Zagreb also called for expert volunteers, professors and stuctural engineers of Zagreb Civil Engineering Faculty to give the first assessment of the damage. The experts have visited the heavily hit streets from the morning of the shake and seven days after that advising citizens which houses are safe and which are to be avoided. Their help and expertise was beyond expectations.

All public transport (trams and regular bus lines) in Zagreb has been suspended and additional 17 bus lines have been established for those who haven't stopped working and whose work is essential for normal function of the City during the epidemic. All transport is free and there are 62 buses operating on those additional lines.


For all those involved in rescue operations, City of Zagreb and the Office for Emergencies have secured logistics such as apps for citizens to report accidents, workplace and equipment for volunteers, professional help with filing entries and hot meals.


On March 25th City authorities have decided that those affected by the earthquake are to be exempted from paying charges until further notice. They have also been allowed free parking in public garages, as well in all public areas within city limits.


Citizens that have been cut off from gas will not be charged re-connection of gas into facilities.

City of Zagreb has pledged that parents whose children attend kindergartens and extended stay in elementary schools should be exempted from further expenses.