Morocco: The strongest earthquake in the country’s history.  Hundreds of dead and wounded

The US National Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the strongest earthquake in the country’s history occurred in Morocco. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.8. Initial information indicates that about 300 people were killed. After 8:30 a.m., Reuters reported that the number of deaths reached 632, and after 3 p.m. it reached 1,037.

The epicenter of the tremors was the High Atlas Mountains, 71 km southwest of Marrakesh. Earthquake It occurred at 11:11 pm local time, 14 minutes later There was another shock.

Earthquake in Morocco. Tragic death toll

“According to the initial report, the earthquake killed 296 people In the provinces and municipalities of Al Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua and Taroudant.

After 8:30 am, Reuters reported that the number of victims had reached 632 people and 329 people were injured.

An update around 3pm indicates 1,037 people have been killed and more than 1,200 injured.

Foreign Affairs Minister Zbigniew Rau told RMF FM on Saturday morning that, according to Polish consular service reports, there are no Poles among the victims and injured of the earthquake that struck Morocco.

Footage on X (formerly Twitter) shows destroyed buildings in Morocco, and streets filled with rubble People run away in panic.

Residents at night They camped in the streetsBecause they were afraid of another earthquake.

Electricity and telephone lines were completely cut off for several minutes.

See: Earthquake in Türkiye. The dog survived for 23 days under the rubble

Everyone was shocked And panic. Abdul Haq Al-Omrani told AFP that the children were crying and the parents were in a state of shock.

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