A damaged car is seen following an earthquake, in Zagreb, Croatia, on March 22, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Zagreb: A strong earthquake has shaken Croatia and its capital, causing widespread damage and panic. No casualties were initially reported.

The European seismological agency, EMSC, said the earthquake measured 5.3 and struck a wide area north of the capital, Zagreb, at 6.23am (0523 GMT) Sunday.

Witnesses say several buildings have cracked walls and rooftops have been damaged. Downtown streets were littered with debris.

At least one another tremor was recorded later.