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A 6.8-magnitude earthquake kills more than 1,000 people in Morocco, and rescue efforts are underway

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A 6.8-magnitude earthquake kills more than 1,000 people in Morocco, and rescue efforts are underway

A strong earthquake shook Morocco on Friday evening, causing widespread destruction and casualties.

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.8, destroyed buildings and walls throughout the five governorates, and its epicenter was near the town of Ighil in Al Haouz Governorate.

Bill McGuire, Emeritus Professor of Geophysical and Climatic Hazards at University College London, said: “The problem is that when damaging earthquakes are rare, buildings are simply not built strong enough to cope with strong earthquakes, causing many of them to collapse, resulting in a large number of falls.” of the victims.” To the Associated Press.

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Rescue from the Morocco earthquake

A rescuer searches for survivors under the rubble of a house destroyed by an earthquake in Moulay Ibrahim, Al Haouz province, on September 9, 2023. The deadliest earthquake in Morocco in decades has killed at least 1,000 people, officials said on September 9, 2023. wide range. The damage caused terrified residents and tourists to flee to safety in the middle of the night. (Fadel Sina/AFP via Getty Images)

“I expect the final death toll to rise into the thousands again. As with any major earthquake, aftershocks are likely, which will cause more casualties and hamper search and rescue operations,” he added.

The Moroccan King, King Mohammed VI, mobilized ground and air teams to carry out rescue missions and establish field hospitals.

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Moroccan citizens gather in the streets after the earthquake

Residents stay in a square in Marrakesh on September 9, 2023, after an earthquake. A strong earthquake that struck Morocco on the night of September 8 killed at least 632 people and injured 329 others, according to an updated toll by the Ministry of the Interior. (Fadel Sina/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the Moroccan government has not yet officially requested assistance from foreign allies, limiting the deployment of French, German, Turkish and other forces that have already pledged resources.

So far, just over 1,000 deaths have been reported, and the total is expected to rise as the search for survivors continues.

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Earthquake in Moroccan rescue teams

Rescuers use a small excavator to search for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed house in Moulay Brahim, Al Haouz province, on September 9, 2023, after an earthquake. The deadliest earthquake in Morocco in decades killed at least 820 people, causing widespread damage and sending terrified residents and tourists running to safety in the middle of the night, officials said on September 9. (Fadel Sina/AFP via Getty Images)

Another 1,204 people were injured, 721 of them in critical condition.

The force of the disaster overwhelmed the ancient architecture and buildings that were not built to withstand rare earthquakes.

Morocco earthquake damage

Search and rescue team operations continue in the Moulay Ibrahim region after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Marrakesh, Morocco, on September 9, 2023. At least 820 people were killed and 672 others injured following a powerful earthquake that struck Morocco, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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The 6.8-magnitude earthquake occurred at about 11:11 p.m. and lasted several seconds, according to geologists.

I’ve felt it in foreign countries as far away as Portugal.

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