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Serbia: Two killed, 50 injured in earthquake in Serbia

Serbia: Two killed, 50 injured in earthquake in Serbia

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled central Serbia overnight, killing at least two people and injuring 50 others, authorities said today.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 125km (75 miles) south of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, at 01:56 a.m. local time today.

Media reports said the hardest hit area was around the town of Kraljevo where the earthquake destroyed or damaged buildings and left parts of the city without electricity, running water or telephone lines.

Serbia's Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said a couple died in a Kraljevo suburb when the roof of their house collapsed, while 50 people were injured elsewhere in the town.

Several mostly older buildings in the town were damaged, including local hospital and the town hall.

"The most important thing is that people calm down, that there is no panic and that the city authorities function," Dacic said in Kraljevo.

The earthquake was also felt in a wider area of Serbia including Belgrade.