A devastating earthquake hits Morocco, claiming the lives of 296 individuals (video)

Late on the night of September 8, Morocco was rocked by a devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of hundreds and left significant damage in its wake.

According to Morocco’s Interior Ministry, the death toll reached 296, with most fatalities occurring in Marrakech and surrounding provinces.

Additionally, 153 individuals were injured and hospitalized.

The earthquake, initially measured at a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey,

struck at precisely 11:11 p.m. (2211 GMT) and caused several seconds of intense shaking.

A subsequent magnitude-4.9 aftershock was recorded 19 minutes later.

The epicenter of this seismic event was located near the town of Ighil in Al Haouz Province, approximately 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) south of Marrakech.

Remarkably, the earthquake’s epicenter was reported at varying depths, with the USGS indicating it was 18 kilometers (11 miles) beneath the Earth’s surface,

while Morocco’s seismic agency placed it at a shallower 11 kilometers (7 miles), emphasizing the increased danger of such shallow quakes.

The aftermath of this tragic event was broadcast on Moroccan television, capturing the fear of aftershocks that prompted many to stay outdoors.

Distressing images showed homes with significant damage, a car almost buried under the rubble of a collapsed building, and scattered personal belongings among the debris of structures.

Videos also depicted panic near Marrakech’s iconic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, which sustained damage whose extent was yet to be determined.

Furthermore, videos shared online revealed parts of the famous red walls surrounding Marrakech’s historic old city,

a UNESCO World Heritage site, had suffered damage. In response to the disaster,a U.N.

spokesperson conveyed readiness to assist the Moroccan government in aiding the affected population.

Watch the video below!

By Chinedu

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