A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck central Morocco on Friday night, killing at least 820 people and injuring more than 1,600 others, the country’s interior ministry says.
The earthquake struck at 23:11 local time (22:11 GMT) in the High Atlas Mountains, 71 kilometers (44 miles) south-west of Marrakesh, at a depth of 18.5 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.
There was a 4.9 aftershock 19 minutes later.
The earthquake was felt across much of Morocco and Algeria, and was also felt in Spain and Portugal.
The death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers continue to search for survivors. The earthquake has caused widespread damage, with homes and businesses destroyed.
The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas.
The earthquake is the deadliest to hit Morocco in decades. In 1960, an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 killed more than 12,000 people in the Atlas Mountains.
The Moroccan government has said that it is providing assistance to the victims of the earthquake. The government has also called on international aid organizations to help with the relief effort.
The earthquake is a reminder of the seismic activity that Morocco is prone to. The country is located in a seismically active region, and is crossed by several fault lines.
The earthquake has also raised concerns about the safety of Morocco’s infrastructure. Many buildings in Morocco are old and poorly constructed, and are not designed to withstand earthquakes.
The government has said that it will be conducting an inspection of buildings in the affected areas to assess their safety.
The earthquake is a tragedy for Morocco, and the country is facing a major humanitarian crisis. The government and international aid organizations are working to provide assistance to the victims, but the full extent of the damage is not yet known.
Here are some additional details about the earthquake:
- The earthquake was felt in several cities in Morocco, including Marrakesh, Casablanca, and Fez.
- The earthquake caused widespread damage in the towns of Imzouren and Azilal.
- The earthquake has displaced thousands of people.
- The government has set up emergency shelters for the displaced people.
- The government has also declared a state of emergency in the affected areas.
- The international community has pledged aid to Morocco to help with the relief effort.
The earthquake is a reminder of the importance of earthquake preparedness. Countries that are prone to earthquakes should have plans in place to respond to these disasters.
The earthquake is also a reminder of the need to build safe buildings that can withstand earthquakes. Countries should adopt building codes that require buildings to be earthquake-resistant.
The earthquake in Morocco is a tragedy, but it is also an opportunity to learn from the past and build a more resilient future.