Death Toll Rises To Over 600 In Morocco Earthquake

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A powerful earthquake that shook Morocco late Friday killed more than 600 people, interior ministry figures showed, sending terrified residents fleeing their homes in the middle of the night.

 

The 6.8-magnitude quake struck 72 kilometres (45 miles) southwest of tourist hotspot Marrakesh at 11:11 pm (2211 GMT), the US Geological Survey reported.

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Strong tremors were also felt in the coastal cities of Rabat, Casablanca and Essaouira.

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“We felt a very violent tremor, and I realised it was an earthquake,” Abdelhak El Amrani, a 33-year-old in Marrakesh, told AFP by telephone.

 

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“I could see buildings moving. We don’t necessarily have the reflexes for this type of situation. Then I went outside and there were a lot of people there. People were all in shock and panic. The children were crying and the parents were distraught.”

 

“The power went out for 10 minutes, and so did the (telephone) network, but then it came back on,” he added. “Everyone decided to stay outside.”

 

Updated interior ministry figures on Saturday showed the quake killed 632 people, more than half of them in Al-Haouz and Taroudant provinces. The ministry also recorded deaths in Ouarzazate, Chichaoua, Azilal and Youssoufia provinces, as well as in Marrakesh, Agadir, and the Casablanca area.

 

Another 329 people were injured, including 51 in a critical condition, the ministry said.

 

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A child remains alive, trapped beneath the rubble. Only Allah decides who will live or die. Allahu’Akber #Morroco 🇲🇦#Earthquake pic.twitter.com/MXFdMWJ3qh

 

— Allah Islam Quran (@AllahGreatQuran) September 9, 2023

🚨 Large numbers of people are still trapped under the rubbles and running out of Oxygen after the 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake that hit Morroco 💔😔🙏

 

632 people have been reportedly perished so far 💔

 

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— T R U T H P O L E (@Truthpole) September 9, 2023

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Reportedly 650+ people died and 350+ injured in #Earthquake of magnitude 6.8 in #Morroco…‼️ pic.twitter.com/jvHGBJ2FDf

 

— Aqssss (@AqssssFajr) September 9, 2023

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