A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Morocco Friday night, killing almost 300 individuals and driving numerous occupants to go through the night in the roads in what the US Geographical Review (USGS) said was the most grounded quake to hit that piece of the North African country in over a long period.
– Major 6.8 magnitude quake around 45 miles (70 milometers) from Marrakesh
– Reports that multiple buildings collapsed near the epicenter, footage shared of building rubble
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According to the USGS, the quake occurred in Morocco’s High Atlas mountain range shortly after 11 p.m. local time at a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.4 miles). The epicenter was approximately 72 kilometers (44.7 miles) southwest of Marrakech, a city of approximately 840,000 people that is a popular tourist destination.
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The Interior Ministry of Morocco reported that at least 296 people were killed and 153 were injured on Saturday. According to Reuters, who cited a local official, the majority of deaths occurred in remote mountain regions.
Residents were still susceptible to aftershocks, according to a warning issued by the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces.