Devastating 6.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Morocco, Claiming 632 Lives and Causing Widespread Destruction

High Magnitude Quake: A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Morocco, leaving a trail of destruction and claiming at least 632 lives.

Extensive Injuries: Alongside the fatalities, the disaster has resulted in 329 individuals sustaining injuries.

Geographic Impact: The earthquake’s impact extended across several provinces and municipalities, including Al-Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant.

Remote Epicenter: The US Geological Survey reported the epicenter to be situated in the High Atlas Mountains, approximately 71 km southwest of Marrakesh. The quake occurred at a depth of 18.5 km.

Nighttime Shock: Striking at 11.11 p.m., the earthquake caught residents by surprise, leading to scenes of panic and chaos as people fled from affected areas.

Damaged Infrastructure: Videos circulating on social media depict damaged buildings and streets strewn with rubble, illustrating the extent of the destruction.

Distant Tremors: The tremors were felt as far away as the capital, Rabat, which is approximately 350 km from the epicenter. Additionally, cities such as Casablanca and Essaouira reported feeling the quake.

Humanitarian Crisis: The earthquake has triggered a humanitarian crisis, necessitating swift response and aid to assist survivors and address the widespread devastation.

Recovery Efforts Underway: Morocco’s government, along with international organizations, is mobilizing resources and assistance to aid in recovery and relief efforts in the affected regions.