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Morocco Quake Claims Thousands

The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.8 struck the High Atlas mountains in Morocco late on Friday night

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Morocco Earthquake Claims Thousands

Morocco has been struck by one of the most powerful earthquakes in its history, resulting in a devastating loss of life.

At least 1,037 people have been reported dead, with hundreds more injured.

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According to SkyNews, the earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.8 struck the High Atlas mountains in Morocco late on Friday night, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Citizens abruptly awakened by the violent quake fled into the streets, gripped by fear and disbelief.

Social media has been flooded with footage capturing the terrifying moments of the earthquake, showing how buildings trembled under the immense force of nature.

The earthquake’s destructive force damaged buildings from remote villages in the Atlas Mountains to the heart of Marrakech.

Watch the moment a building collapses during an earthquake:

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The majority of casualties occurred in the historic city of Marrakech and five provinces situated near the epicenter of the earthquake.

According to Morocco’s Interior Ministry, 672 people have been injured, and among them, 205 individuals are in critical condition.

Tragically, the death toll is expected to rise as rescuers face challenges in reaching the most severely affected, remote areas.

The epicenter of this catastrophic event was reported to be in the Ighil area, approximately 40 miles (70 km) south of Marrakech.

Morocco Earthquake Claims Thousands

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimated the quake’s depth to be about 18 km beneath the Earth’s surface, while Morocco’s National Seismic Monitoring and Alert Network indicated a depth of 11 km.

Shallow earthquakes like this one are often considered more dangerous due to their proximity to the surface.

Marrakech and its neighboring regions bore the brunt of the disaster, with several buildings reduced to rubble and dust.

The affected provinces, as listed by Morocco’s interior ministry, include Al Haouz, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant. Authorities have called on residents to remain calm during this trying time.


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