A powerful earthquake in Morocco. Hundreds of dead and injured

At least 820 people died and more than 670 were injured in the earthquake that struck Morocco. The death toll is constantly rising.

The epicenter of Friday’s tremors was near the town of Ighil in Al-Haouz province, about 70 kilometers south of Marrakech, a city very popular with tourists.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale and that the tremors lasted several seconds. 19 minutes later there was an aftershock measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale.

The USGS said the epicenter was 11 miles (18 kilometers) below the Earth’s surface, while the Moroccan seismic agency placed it at a depth of 5 miles (8 kilometers). In both cases we are talking about shallow earthquakes, which are more dangerous.

Earthquake in Morocco. The number of victims is increasing

The Moroccan Ministry of the Interior reported on Saturday that at least 820 people were killed and 672 injured in the provinces near the earthquake, more than 200 of them seriously. The tragic death toll is rising hour by hour.

Abderrahim Ait Daoud, mayor of Talat N’Yaaqoub, said authorities were clearing roads in Al-Haouz province so ambulances could pass through and help the injured. Rescue operations are hampered by the large distances between mountain villages.

In 1960, an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale struck near the Moroccan city of Agadir, killing thousands of people. The tragedy led to a change in building codes in Morocco, but many buildings, especially houses in rural areas, were not built to withstand the kind of tremors that occurred on Friday.

In 2004, an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale near the Mediterranean city of Al-Husayma killed more than 600 people.

Source: Do Rzeczy