An early morning earthquake caused massive devastation in the African country Morocco, killing 296 people. According to the information, many buildings collapsed here after the earthquake. The intensity of the earthquake is being told as 6.8. The Home Minister said that at least 296 people have died due to the massive earthquake in Morocco.
If reports are to be believed, the death toll in the earthquake may increase further. The epicenter of the earthquake is said to be about 70 kilometers away from Marrakesh, Morocco. The earthquake was so strong that its impact was also felt in the capital Rabat, about 350 kilometers away from the epicenter of the earthquake, Marrakesh.
Video viral on social media
Moroccans have shared many videos on social media, in which buildings are seen collapsed and reduced to debris and dust is visible all around. Parts of the famous red walls surrounding Morocco’s historic city of Marrakesh have been damaged. Marrakesh is included in the list of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Sites.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the initial magnitude of the earthquake that occurred at 11.11 pm was 6.8. After this the aftershocks continued for several seconds. Morocco’s national seismic monitoring and warning network measured the earthquake at magnitude 7 on the Richter scale. The US agency reported an aftershock of 4.9 magnitude earthquake 19 minutes later.
Highest intensity earthquake ever
This is the most intense earthquake ever to hit Morocco. Earthquakes occur relatively rarely in this North African country, but in 1960, an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude occurred near Agadir, due to which thousands of people died. The epicenter of Friday’s earthquake was on the peak of the Atlas Mountains, about 70 kilometers south of Marrakesh. USGS said that the epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of 18 kilometers from the earth’s surface, while according to the Moroccan agency, its epicenter was at a depth of eight kilometers. According to the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere and Algeria’s Civil Protection Agency, the earthquake was felt as far away as Portugal and Algeria.
India is ready to provide all possible assistance to Morocco
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed grief over the death of people in the massive earthquake in Morocco and said that India is ready to provide all possible assistance in this difficult time. Prime Minister Modi said on the social media platform ‘X’ (formerly Twitter) that he is deeply saddened by the death of people due to the earthquake in Morocco. At this time of grief, my thoughts are with the people of Morocco. Express my condolences to those who lost their loved ones. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. India is ready to provide all possible assistance to Morocco in this difficult time.
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