A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck Morocco on Friday night, killing over 200 people and injuring hundreds more. The quake was felt in several countries in North Africa, including Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.
The epicenter of the quake was located near the ski resort of Oukaimeden in the Atlas Mountains, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the city of Marrakech. The quake caused widespread damage in Marrakech, including the collapse of several buildings.
Footage shared on social media showed a building collapsing in Marrakech, with clouds of dust and debris billowing into the air. Rescue workers were seen searching through the rubble for survivors.
The Moroccan government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. The country’s King Mohammed VI has visited the region and pledged to provide assistance to those affected by the quake.
The death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers continue to search for survivors. The earthquake is the deadliest to hit Morocco in over a century.
Impact on the Historic City of Marrakech
The historic city of Marrakech was one of the hardest hit areas by the earthquake. The city’s old town, known as the Medina, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many ancient buildings.
The earthquake caused significant damage to the Medina, including the collapse of several buildings. The damage is likely to be extensive and could take years to repair.
The earthquake has also caused widespread fear and anxiety among the people of Marrakech. Many people have fled their homes and are now living in temporary shelters.
The Moroccan government is working to provide assistance to those affected by the earthquake. The government has set up relief camps and is providing food, water, and medical care to the displaced people.
The earthquake is a major tragedy for Morocco. The country is still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis. The earthquake will add to the challenges facing the country.
The international community has pledged to provide assistance to Morocco. The United States, the European Union, and other countries have offered to send aid to the affected areas.
The earthquake is a reminder of the vulnerability of human populations to natural disasters. It is also a reminder of the importance of disaster preparedness and mitigation.
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