A Powerful earthquake with 6-8 Magnitude that hit Morocco

A Powerful earthquake with 6-8 Magnitude that hit Morocco

The US Geological Survey initially recorded the earthquake as having a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 when it struck at 11:11 p.m.,

The US Geological Survey initially recorded the earthquake as having a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 when it struck at 11:11 p.m.,

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Jivika Chawla
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Morocco's government has reported a significant increase in the casualties resulting from a powerful earthquake. They now state that 1,000 people have lost their lives, and 329 have been injured. Videos shared by Moroccans depict buildings reduced to rubble and dust, as well as damage to parts of the famous red walls surrounding the historic city of Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The US Geological Survey initially recorded the earthquake as having a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 when it struck at 11:11 p.m., causing several seconds of shaking. However, Morocco's National Seismic Monitoring and Alert Network measured it at 7 on the Richter scale. The US agency also reported a magnitude 4.9 aftershock occurring 19 minutes later.

Where did the earthquake strike?

The powerful earthquake, with its epicenter located 71 kilometers (44 miles) southwest of Marrakesh, a popular tourist destination, has affected not only the city but also remote areas. Fatalities have been reported in various provinces and municipalities, including Marrakesh, al-Haouz, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant. Tragically, many victims are believed to have been in these remote regions.

There are also concerns that people may be trapped under the rubble. One particularly distressing report mentions a family trapped inside their collapsed house in the town of Al-Haouz, near the earthquake's epicenter.

What damage has been done?

Numerous buildings in Marrakech have sustained damage or have been completely destroyed due to the earthquake. The situation is especially dire in certain parts of the Medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its historic significance.

The dust surrounding the minaret of the iconic Kutubiyya mosque, a major tourist attraction near the old city's main square, reflects the extent of the destruction.

Additionally, several other towns near Marrakech, including Amizmiz, have also been impacted by the earthquake. While the full extent of the damage in mountain villages remains uncertain, it is feared to be widespread, given the earthquake's powerful impact.

Jivika Chawla

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