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Morocco Earthquake Rattles Africa

Morocco's unforeseen Earthquake leaves numerous casualties

by Kwabe Ben

The Moroccan earthquake that struck southwest Marrakesh was a devastating event. According to the United States Geological Survey, it had a magnitude of 6.8 at a shallow depth of 26km (16 miles).

However, the Moroccan Geophysical Center reported a magnitude of 7.2 and initially stated that the depth was 18km. The impact of the earthquake was felt throughout the country, including in provinces such as Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant, as well as coastal cities like Rabat, Casablanca, and Agadir.

The earthquake resulted in a significant loss of life, with more than 2,000 people reported dead. The Ministry of Interior confirmed that 2,012 people were killed and 2,059 were injured, with 1,404 in critical condition.

The province of Al-Haouz, where the epicenter was located, recorded the highest number of deaths with 1,293, followed by Taroudant with 452.

The destruction caused by the earthquake was evident in the affected areas. Houses in the old city collapsed, a clay-built city in Marrakesh was destroyed, and a mosque minaret fell in Jemaa al-Fna Square.

In response to the disaster, both humanitarian and medical aid have been mobilized. Various organizations and countries have been called upon to assist the residents and citizens affected by the earthquake.

The Moroccan armed forces have deployed rescue teams to provide clean drinking water, food supplies, tents, and blankets to the affected areas.

The recovery process will require significant support and assistance from both local and international sources to help the affected communities rebuild their lives and infrastructure.

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