A powerful earthquake strikes Morocco, killing lots of and damaging historic buildings in Marrakesh

A strong earthquake strikes Morocco, killing hundreds and damaging historic buildings in Marrakesh

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A uncommon robust earthquake struck Morocco late Friday night time, killing lots of of individuals and damaging buildings from the historic metropolis of Marrakesh to villages within the Atlas Mountains.

Males, ladies and kids remained within the streets for concern of aftershocks.

Morocco’s Inside Ministry mentioned early Saturday that no less than 296 individuals had died in provinces near the quake. As well as, 153 injured individuals had been despatched to hospitals for therapy. A lot of the injury occurred exterior cities and cities, the ministry wrote.

The pinnacle of the city of Talat Yacoub, Abderrahim Ait Daoud, advised the Moroccan information web site 2M that a number of homes in cities within the Al Haouz area partially or utterly collapsed, and electrical energy and roads had been reduce off in some locations.

He mentioned that the authorities are working to clear the roads within the governorate to permit ambulances and support to move to the affected residents, however he mentioned that the big distances between the mountain villages imply that it’ll take a while to know the extent of the injury.

Moroccans revealed movies displaying buildings that had changed into rubble and dirt, and elements of the well-known pink partitions surrounding the previous metropolis of Marrakech, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Record, had been broken. Vacationers and others posted movies of individuals screaming and evacuating eating places within the metropolis whereas delicate membership music performed.

The US Geological Survey mentioned the quake had a magnitude of 6.8 when it struck at 11:11 p.m. (2211 GMT), with a tremor lasting a number of seconds. The US company said {that a} 4.9-magnitude aftershock occurred 19 minutes later.

The US Geological Survey mentioned the epicenter was at a depth of 18 kilometers (11 miles) beneath the Earth’s floor, whereas the Moroccan Seismological Company situated its epicenter at a depth of 8 kilometers (5 miles). In both case, such floor earthquakes are extra harmful.

A view of a damaged car and debris from the earthquake that struck Marrakesh, Morocco on September 9, 2023, in this image taken from a video.  Al Oula TV/ Bulletin via Reuters
A view of a broken automobile and particles from the earthquake that struck Marrakesh, Morocco on September 9, 2023, on this picture taken from a video. Al Oula TV/ Bulletin through Reuters

The epicenter of Friday’s quake was excessive within the Atlas Mountains, about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) south of Marrakesh. It was additionally close to Toubkal, the very best peak in North Africa and Oukaimeden, the well-known Moroccan ski resort.

Earthquakes are comparatively uncommon in North Africa. Lahcen Mhanni, head of the seismic monitoring and warning division on the Nationwide Institute of Geophysics, advised 2M TV channel that the earthquake was “distinctive.”

He mentioned: “Mountain areas generally don’t produce earthquakes of this measurement.” “It’s the strongest earthquake ever recorded within the area.”

In 1960, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck close to the Moroccan metropolis of Agadir, killing 1000’s.

The Agadir earthquake led to modifications in constructing codes in Morocco, however many buildings, particularly rural properties, weren’t constructed to face up to such tremors.

The earthquake was felt on Friday as far-off as Portugal and Algeria, in response to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Environment and the Algerian Civil Protection Company, which oversees the emergency response.

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