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9 Sep 2023


Morocco’s biggest earthquake in at least 120 years devastated an area just south of the historic city of Marrakesh, leaving behind wrenching images of toppled buildings, with entire neighborhoods reduced to rubble, and leaving a rapidly growing death toll. (Related: Updated report on Morocco’s earthquake).

Morocco Earthquake

Residents flee their homes after a 6.8 Magnitude earthquake in Morocco, which officials say killed ... [+] at least 1,000 people.

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The 6.8 Magnitude earthquake, which struck roughly 70 miles south of Marrakesh in the country’s High Atlas Mountains, was the strongest to hit the region since 1900, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which described the area as one where major earthquakes are “uncommon” but not “unexpected.”

Photos and videos show buildings collapsed as rescue workers scour through piles of rubble, which hit an area where in some cases anceinty buildings are “simply not constructed robustly enough” to handle a major quake, University College London geophysics professor emeritus Bill McGuire told the Associated Press.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI ordered the country’s military on Saturday to mobilize specialized search teams, including a field hospital as the rescue mission continues, while world leaders have announced plans to provide assistance—President Joe Biden on Saturday said his administration is “ready to provide any necessary assistance” to Morocco.

CORRECTION Morocco Earthquake

Moulay Brahim, a village near the historic city of Marrakesh, was devastated by the earthquake, ... [+] Morocco's biggest in at least 120 years.

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CORRECTION Morocco Earthquake

A damaged hotel in Moulay Brahim was one of hundreds of buildings damaged south of Marrakesh.

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Earthquake in Morocco

Marrakesh also felt the brunt of the earthquake, which officials say injured at least 1,200 people.

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Earthquake in Morocco

The streets of Casablanca were packed early Saturday morning, where residents feeling the 6.8 ... [+] Magnitude earthquake.

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MOROCCO-QUAKE

A man walks with his belongings through the rubble in Marrakesh, roughly 70 miles north of the ... [+] earthquake's epicenter.

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CORRECTION Morocco Earthquake

A cat in the rubble in Moulay Brahim village, near Marrakesh.

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MOROCCO-QUAKE

Rescue workers search for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed house in Moulay Brahim.

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TOPSHOT-MOROCCO-QUAKE

A woman in front of her earthquake-damaged house in Marrakesh, near where the earthquake hit in ... [+] Morocco's High Atlas Mountain.

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MOROCCO-QUAKE

People mourn in front of the body of a victim killed in an earthquake in Moulay Brahim.

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Over 800 killed in powerful quake in Morocco

The region is known to have earthquakes, though the U.S. Geological Survey said they are "uncommon."

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

At Least 1,000 Dead From Morocco Earthquake (Forbes)