Based on data from the US Geological Survey, the earthquake’s epicenter was located 71 kilometers southwest of the popular tourist destination of Marrakesh, at a depth of 18.5 kilometers.
Late on Friday night, Morocco experienced significant earthquake tremors, registering a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale. According to Morocco’s Interior Ministry, the earthquake has tragically claimed the lives of at least 296 people, with 153 individuals reported as injured.
As per local media reports, there is a possibility that the earthquake’s death toll could rise substantially.
The Morocco earthquake monitoring organization has recorded a magnitude exceeding seven.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake’s epicenter was situated 18.5 kilometers deep and 71 kilometers southwest of the tourist city of Marrakesh. The tremors were felt in the region at approximately 11:11 p.m. local time. After some time, aftershocks of the earthquake were also felt at these places, whose intensity has been measured at 4.9
The Moroccan Interior Ministry has reported that the earthquake inflicted the most damage on the historic settlements outside the city. Numerous Moroccan citizens have shared videos and images on social media depicting buildings collapsing into clouds of dust. This devastation has been particularly impactful in Marrakesh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourists in the area have also shared videos showing people running and screaming in a bid to save their lives during the earthquake.