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At least 296 dead after 6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Morocco

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  9 months ago  •  18 comments

By:   The Associated Press and Dennis Romero

At least 296 dead after 6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Morocco
A powerful earthquake struck Morocco late Friday, damaging buildings in major cities and sending panicked people pouring into streets and alleyways from the capital Rabat to Marrakech, the county's most visited tourist destination.

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A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Morocco late Friday night, killing at least 296 people in three provinces, damaging buildings and historic sites and blocking roads.

Morocco's Interior Ministry said Saturday morning that the nearly 300 people had been killed in the provinces of Al Haouz, Marrakesh and Ouarzazate.

An additional 153 injured people were sent to hospitals for treatment. The ministry wrote that most damage occurred outside of cities and towns.

The powerful earthquake damaged buildings in major cities and sent panicked people pouring into streets and alleyways from the capital Rabat to Marrakech, the county's most visited tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Videos posted online showing buildings reduced to rubble and dust, and parts of the famous red walls that surround the old city in Marrakech damaged. Tourists and others posted videos of people screaming and evacuating restaurants in the city as throbbing club music played.

230908-morocco-earthquake-aftermath-snip-ac-1125p-4078f1.jpg In this screen grab taken from video, debris on a damaged car on Saturday after an earthquake in Marrakech, Morocco, late Friday.Al Oula TV via Reuters

The U.S. Embassy in Morocco said it's unaware of any U.S. citizens affected, but said it has told Americans in the country to use caution for 24 hours following the temblor in case strong aftershocks strike the region.

"We are aware of reports that a 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck Morocco outside of Marrakesh and are deeply saddened by the loss of life," the embassy said in a statement. "We extend our condolences to those affected by the earthquake."

The USGS said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 when it hit at 11:11 p.m., with shaking that lasted several seconds. Morocco's National Seismic Monitoring and Alert Network measured it at 7 on the Richter scale. The U.S. agency reported a magnitude-4.9 aftershock hit 19 minutes later.

230908-Morocco-Earthquake-ac-941p-5e01e0.jpg People take shelter and check for news on their mobile phones after an earthquake in Rabat, Morocco, on Friday.Mosa'ab Elshamy / AP

Variations in early measurements are common, although either reading would be Morocco's strongest in years. Though earthquakes are relatively rare in North Africa, a magnitude 5.8 tremor struck near Agadir and caused thousands of deaths in 1960.

"Earthquakes are not common in the area, but [this was] not unexpected," said U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Anna Andreyev, who said the quake is the largest since 1900.

She added, "Based on the depth and the magnitude, we can expect significant damage."

The USGS said the epicenter was in the Moroccan High Atlas Mountain range, about 46 miles southeast of Marrakech. It was also near Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa and Oukaimeden, a popular Moroccan ski resort.

The head of a town near the earthquake's epicenter told Moroccan news site 2M that several homes in nearby towns had partly or totally collapsed, and electricity and roads were cut off in some places.

Abderrahim Ait Daoud, head of the town of Talat N'Yaaqoub, said authorities are working to clear roads in Al Haouz Province to allow passage for ambulances and aid to populations affected, but said large distances between mountain villages mean it will take time to learn the extent of the damage.

Local media reported that roads leading to the mountain region around the epicenter were jammed with vehicles and blocked with collapsed rocks, slowing rescue efforts.

The USGS said the epicenter was 11 miles below the Earth's surface, while Morocco's seismic agency put it at 5 miles down. The temblor involved movement of the Africa plate about 341 miles south of its convergence with the Eurasian plate, the survey said.

Alfred Arian and Charlene Gubash contributed.


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cjcold
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1  cjcold    9 months ago

So glad I live in the land of Oz where I have never even seen a tornado.

(knock on wood)

 
 
 
cjcold
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2  cjcold    9 months ago

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1stwarrior
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3  1stwarrior    9 months ago

Update - 800 dead - 

Morocco earthquake live updates: At least 800 dead in rare, powerful quake

 
 
 
Kavika
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4  Kavika     9 months ago

The latest report is now over 1,000 dead.

 
 
 
cjcold
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4.1  cjcold  replied to  Kavika @4    9 months ago

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Texan1211
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4.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  cjcold @4.1    9 months ago

What??

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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4.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  Kavika @4    9 months ago

How terrible.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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4.2.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.2    9 months ago

Like I told my wife when I saw the 800 number, and no not that one, sure makes you appreciate the infrastructure standards and building codes we have in this country. I don't wanna use a tragedy to make a point, but I am going to. These are the headlines deregulation leads to. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4.2.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4.2.1    9 months ago
makes you appreciate the infrastructure standards and building codes we have in this country. 

From initial pictures, many of the damaged/destroyed buildings, houses and town walls look to be hundreds of years old.  Perhaps the Alaouites were in favor of deregulation.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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4.2.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4.2.1    9 months ago

And it's now over 1,300.

But I agree.  I remember an Earthquake in China a few years back, when a bunch of schoolchildren were killed because of shoddy construction.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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4.2.4  Thrawn 31  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4.2.2    9 months ago

Or perhaps upgrades could have and should have been made over those centuries. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4.2.5  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.2.3    9 months ago

Many factors affect the amount of damage in an earthquake including construction.  Other factors include depth of the quake, magnitude, closeness to the fault, and soil type.  Earthquakes in mountainous areas may also trigger landslides.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4.2.6  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4.2.4    9 months ago

Yes, with their great wealth it’s shocking that they haven’t.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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4.2.7  Thrawn 31  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4.2.6    9 months ago

Sucks. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4.2.8  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4.2.7    9 months ago

Indeed, it sucks along with their unemployment, illiteracy, and poverty.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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4.2.9  Thrawn 31  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4.2.8    9 months ago

If only liberal governance would take over.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4.2.10  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4.2.9    9 months ago

Exactly, if only, but that’s the region that Arab Springs go to die.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5  Buzz of the Orient    9 months ago

Just saw on the news it's more than 2000 dead and more than 2000 injured.  My time in Morocco was spent far to the north of the earthquake - Tangier and Tetouan so I don't suppose there was any damage there but I hope it didn't affect Rick's Cafe Americaine in Casablanca.

 
 

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