Earthquake in Morocco kills more than 2,000 people
The earthquake struck central Morocco, killing more than 2,000 people, with more than 1,204 injured. It’s feared entire villages could be flattened. The quake, which happened at on Friday, 23:11 local time (22:11 GMT), September 8, 2023, measured 6.8. An aftershock of 4.9 struck 19 minutes later.
Has Morocco had many earthquakes before?
The last major earthquake in the country struck the northeastern city of Al Hoceima in 2004, killing at least 628 people and the deadliest was in Agadir on the southern Atlantic coast, in 1960. The magnitude 6.7 quake killed about 12,000.
Where did the earthquake strike?
The epicentre was in the High Atlas mountains, about 72 kilometres (44.7 miles) southwest of Marrakech, a city of about 840,000 people. The city’s historic walls, first laid out in the early 12th century, have been damaged. the quake was the strongest to hit that part of the North African nation in more than 120 years, according to the US Geological Survey.
Morocco Earthquake – India is providing aid to Marrakech Morocco
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed grief at the loss of lives in an earthquake in Morocco and said India is ready to offer all possible assistance to it in this difficult time. A powerful earthquake that struck Morocco late Friday killed more than 2,000 people, the countrys Interior Ministry said.