Organist is killed in Croatia quake

Organist is killed in Croatia quake


norman lebrecht

December 30, 2020

Among the casualties of the earthquake that struck the Croatian region of Banovina yesterday was the church organist of Žažina, a man in his sixties called Stanko Zec.

He was in a group of people cleaning debris in the parish church after an earthquake the day before when they were hit by aftershocks.

Here’s what an aftershock looks like.

Tim Page writes from Croatia: ‘This is the largest earthquake to occur in Croatia since the advent of modern seismic instrumentation. It was preceded by two sizeable foreshocks, a magnitude 4.7 and a magnitude 5.2 on December 28. About one in twenty earthquakes have foreshocks. An earthquake of similar size to the recent M6.4 occurred in 1880 near Zagreb and there have been three magnitude 6 and larger earthquakes within 200 km of the December 29, 2020 earthquake since 1900.’


  • Nijinsky says:

    Is his head for sale? I mean are there any body parts left over. Hang them on a tree, and let the wind put him together!

  • Hayne says:

    Organists are some of the most unappreciated musicians of western civilization today. RIP.