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Croatian organist found dead after church collapses following a deadly earthquake

An organist was found dead, buried in the rubble of a Croatian church. The tragedy happened after a building collapsed following an earthquake that registered 6.4 on the Richter scale struck the northern part of the Balkans region.


The fifteen-metre-high tower on top of the  Parish of St. Nikola — a Catholic church in the town of Žažina, located approximately thirty miles southeast of the capital city of Zagreb — collapsed while Stanko Zec was inside with a few others. The tremor shook the region last Tuesday. 

According to Croatian media, Stanko went inside the church with a few others to retrieve valuable items on the altars like embroidered cloths and to take down the manger. Božidar Škofac recounted that when Zec went to cover the organ with nylon to protect it from dust,the ceiling fell in on them. 

“It was a horrible blow; I saw a chandelier hanging from the vault falling, it was collapsing right in that central part. I knew the collapse would spread to the edges, so I quickly hid under the coffee table. I crawled under it, and there was a terrible noise and dust. The table was covered with bricks and dust, as well as benches. The entire ceiling fell, only the walls remained. I was trapped, three colleagues escaped to the sacristy and started calling us,” Škofac explained.


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