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The 22nd March 2020 Zagreb earthquake remote mission

The Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED) and the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) invites to watch the record of the webinar released by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE): Remote earthquake reconnaissance feasibility study: The 22nd March 2020 Zagreb earthquake.

The Mw5.3 Zagreb earthquake occurred at 06:24 local time on Sunday 22 March 2020. Even though the event is minor in terms of its reported casualties and damage, its timing makes it noteworthy. At the time of the earthquake, Croatia - like most of Europe - was in partial lockdown in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As part of the Learning from Earthquakes (LfE) project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and in association with the EEFIT, this presentation summarises the findings and challenges of performing a remote earthquake reconnaissance mission using information gathered primarily from the internet and social media. We will also present how newly developed LfE data collection app and spatial tools have been used in this mission.


  • Dr Emily So - University of Cambridge
  • Dr Sean Wilkinson  - Newcastle University 
  • Anamarija Babić - University of Zagreb
  • Helena Majetić - University of Zagreb
  • Valentina Putrino  - University Collegue of London (UCL)
  • Dr Diana Contreras - Newcastle University
  • Assistant Professor Marta Savor Novak - University of Zagreb
  • Professor Josip Atalić - University of Zagreb


The team are indebted to the following people and their institutions for their generous response, contacts, and personal insights. The fact that this reconnaissance exercise was carried out entirely remotely and during a time of uncertainty makes their cooperation and support even more significant. The team wishes to express its appreciation for their contribution to the success of this mission to:

  • Professor Vanja Polić - University of Zagreb
  • Professor Marijan Herak - University of Zagreb
  • Dr Jaska Babel - University of Zagreb
  • Mr Željko Koren - Oikon Institute for Applied Ecology
  • Dr Ivan Tomljenovic - Oikon Institute for Applied Ecology
  • Marinko Metličić - Croatian Red Cross
  • Dr Rémy Bossu - Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC)
  • Ms Laure Fallou - Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC)
  • Ms Matthieu Landès - Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC)
  • Anja Vladisavljević - Freelance journalist 
  • The GARK Team 

The report can be found at






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