At least 296 people killed in Morocco’s earthquake, which causes significant devastation and fear

Morocco earthquake news: According to the country’s Interior Ministry, a massive earthquake that rocked Morocco late Friday night killed at least 296 people, as reported by the Associated Press. 

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Citizens shared footage of houses reduced to rubble and dust, as well as damage to the famed red walls that surround medieval Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tourists in the city also shared videos of people shouting and fleeing eateries.

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People left their houses in fear late Friday as a violent 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook Morocco. Buildings were damaged, and electricity was off. The earthquake struck 44 miles (71 kilometers) southwest of Marrakesh at a depth of 18.5 km at 11:11 p.m. (2211 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey. 

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 when it struck at 11:11 p.m. (2211 GMT), with shaking that lasted several seconds, according to the US Geological Survey.

Morocco’s National Seismic Monitoring and Alert Network recorded a magnitude 7 earthquake, while the US Geological Survey reported a magnitude 4.9 aftershock 19 minutes later.

Early measurement variations are usual, but any reading would be Morocco’s strongest in years. Earthquakes are uncommon in North Africa. According to the Associated Press, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake happened in Agadir in 1960, killing hundreds.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences for the loss of life in an earthquake in Morocco and stated that India is prepared to provide all possible support in this tough period. PM Modi posted on X, “Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to an earthquake in Morocco.” My sympathies are with the people of Morocco at this awful time. Sincere condolences to all who have lost dear ones. May the injured recover as soon as possible. In this trying moment, India is ready to provide Morocco with all available help.”

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