638 people have died so far in Morocco after the earthquake that struck late Friday night.
The country’s home ministry said that ‘the magnitude of the earthquake has been measured at 6.8’.
Horrific scenes are being seen in the painful video that has gone viral on the internet.
New Delhi: The African country of Morocco has been devastated by a massive earthquake. Harrowing videos are going viral on the internet, giving a glimpse of the chaos that ensued during the devastating earthquake in Morocco. The death toll rose to 638 within hours of the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on Friday night.
Let us tell you that the earthquake occurred at 11.11 pm at a depth of 18.5 kilometers, 71 kilometers south-west of Marrakesh. It was also experienced in the coastal cities of Rabat, Casablanca and Essaouira. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said it was the most powerful earthquake to hit that part of the North African country in more than a century. The harrowing video gives a glimpse of the chaos and destruction that took place during this natural disaster.
#BREAKING UPDATE While you were sleeping, here is the CCTV footage I documented of the heartbreaking moment in Morocco 🇲🇦 where at least 296 people are reported dead and over 150 injured after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the country. This is very sad. They felt it in Algeria too 🇩🇿… pic.twitter.com/kcGdpXeElk
— Dr Olukemi Olunloyo (@Kemiolunloyo) September 9, 2023
Morocco began receiving messages of support from around the world on Saturday. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed grief over the incident. A UN spokesperson said, ‘The United Nations stands ready to assist the Government of Morocco in its efforts to assist the affected population.’
Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits Morocco
At least 632 people died and another 329 were injured.
Widespread destruction and panic is reported; People live under the ruble.
This is the biggest earthquake to hit Morocco in at least two decades. pic.twitter.com/fCIC3hVfFb
— Eva 🇨🇿❤️🇺🇦 (@Eva_CZ1) September 9, 2023
Footage of the heartbreaking moment in Morocco as at least 296 people are reported dead and more than 150 injured after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Morocco. pic.twitter.com/dLjaNqdZjX
— Lawrence I. Okoro (Sir Law) (@LawrenceOkoroPG) September 9, 2023
Prime Minister Modi also expressed deep grief for those who lost their lives due to the devastating earthquake. He expressed his condolences to the affected families and offered his thoughts and support to the people of the North African country at this tragic time.
It is known that due to its location between the African and Eurasian plates, the northern region of Morocco is prone to earthquakes. In 1960, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near the city of Agadir in Morocco, killing thousands. The Agadir earthquake led to changes in building regulations in Morocco, but many buildings, especially rural houses, are not built to withstand such shaking. In 2004, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake near the Mediterranean coastal city of Al Hoceima killed more than 600 people. Aftershocks from Friday’s earthquake were felt as far away as Portugal and Algeria.
First published: September 09, 2023, 15:17 IST