An early morning earthquake has caused massive devastation in the African country Morocco. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.8, resulted in the collapse of numerous buildings, leading to a tragic loss of life. As of now, 632 people have been reported dead, and 329 individuals have been injured. Rescue operations are underway, but there are concerns that the death toll may increase further.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located approximately 70 km from the city of Marrakesh, Morocco. However, its impact was felt far beyond, with the capital Rabat, located about 350 km from Marrakesh, also experiencing the tremors. Moroccan Interior Ministry spokesman, Rashid Al Khalfi, revealed that in some areas, the intensity of the earthquake reached a level 7.
The earthquake originated in Ighil, situated in the Al-Hawz province of Morocco. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), this is the most powerful earthquake to occur in North Africa in the last 120 years. Remarkably, no earthquakes of magnitude 6 or higher have been recorded within a 500 km radius of this region since 1900, except for 9 earthquakes measuring magnitude 5.
Authorities are working tirelessly to provide aid and support to the affected areas. The international community has also offered assistance to help the country recover from this natural disaster. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time.