Powerful earthquake in Morocco kills 632 people


Posted by Editor on September 9, 2023 – 8:10 am

Damaged old mosque in Marrakech following powerful earthquake in Morocco

A view shows harm at an earlier mosque contained in the historic metropolis of Marrakech, following a strong earthquake in Morocco, September 9, 2023. (REUTERS / Abdelhak Balhaki)

A strong earthquake struck Morocco’s Excessive Atlas mountains late on Friday, killing a minimal of 632 individuals, destroying buildings and sending residents of important cities dashing from their houses, state tv reported.

The variety of injured stood at 329, state media reported on Saturday, citing an up to date preliminary casualty toll from the Inside Ministry.

A neighborhood official earlier talked about most deaths have been in mountain areas which have been exhausting to achieve.

Residents of Marrakech, the closest big metropolis to the epicentre, talked about some buildings had collapsed inside the sooner metropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage net web page. Native tv confirmed footage of a fallen mosque minaret with rubble mendacity on smashed vehicles.

The Inside Ministry urged calm, saying in its televised assertion on the demise toll that the quake had hit the provinces of Al Haouz, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Azilal, Chichaoua and Taroudant.

Montasir Itri, a resident of the mountain village of Asni close to the epicentre, talked about most homes there have been broken. “Our neighbours are beneath the rubble and individuals are working exhausting to rescue them utilizing obtainable means contained in the village,” he talked about.

Additional west, close to Taroudant, coach Hamid Afkar talked about he had fled his residence and felt aftershocks. “The earth shook for about 20 seconds. Doorways opened and shut by themselves as I rushed downstairs from the second ground,” he talked about.

Morocco’s geophysical centre talked concerning the quake struck contained in the Ighil home of the Excessive Atlas with a magnitude of seven.2. The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake’s magnitude at 6.8 and talked about it was at a comparatively shallow depth of 18.5 km (11.5 miles).

Ighil, a mountainous home with small farming villages, is about 70 km (40 miles) southwest of Marrakech. The quake struck merely after 11 p.m. (2200 GMT).

The earthquake is Morocco’s deadliest since a 2004 tremor close to Al Hoceima contained in the northern Rif mountains killed over 600 individuals.

The United Nations stood prepared to assist the Moroccan authorities in “its efforts to help the impacted inhabitants”, U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric talked about in a press launch.


In Marrakech, some homes contained in the tightly packed earlier metropolis had collapsed and totally different people have been working exhausting by hand to take away particles whereas they waited for heavy gear, talked about resident Id Waaziz Hassan.

Footage of the medieval metropolis wall confirmed big cracks in a single half and components that had fallen, with rubble mendacity on the freeway.

One totally different Marrakech resident, Brahim Himmi, talked about he noticed ambulances popping out of the sooner metropolis and a great deal of establishing facades broken. He talked about individuals have been frightened and have been staying exterior in case of 1 totally different quake.

“The chandelier fell from the ceiling and I ran out. I’m nonetheless contained in the avenue with my kids and we’re scared,” talked about Houda Hafsi, 43, in Marrakech.

One totally different woman there, Dalila Fahem, talked about there have been cracks in her residence and harm to her furnishings. “Fortuitously I hadn’t gone to sleep nonetheless,” she talked about.

Folks contained in the capital metropolis of Rabat, about 350 km north of Ighil, and contained in the coastal metropolis of Imsouane, about 180 km to its west, furthermore fled their houses, fearing a stronger quake, in line with Reuters witnesses.

In Casablanca, some 250 km north of Ighil, individuals who spent the night time time time contained in the streets have been too scared to return to their houses.

“The home rocked aggressively, all individuals was scared,” talked about resident Mohamed Taqafi. “I believed it was solely my residence that was shifting due to it’s fragile and former. I heard individuals screaming, all individuals went out of their homes.”

Movement photos shared on social media of the brief aftermath of the quake, which Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm, confirmed individuals fearfully understanding of a procuring centre, consuming places and condominium buildings and congregating exterior.


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