NewsDevastating earthquake in Morocco – DW – September 9, 2023

    Devastating earthquake in Morocco – DW – September 9, 2023

    The Moroccan Interior Ministry said early Saturday that at least 296 people had been killed. However, it is clear that a complete overview cannot be given just a few hours after the earthquake. Hospitals in Marrakesh are reporting a “massive influx” of injured people.

    Destruction in MarrakeshImage: Al Oula TV via REUTERS

    The tremors severely affected the historic old town of Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Images and videos from social networks show destroyed buildings. People ran from their homes in panic and stayed outdoors for fear of aftershocks. The electricity and the telephone network were temporarily out.

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    The old town of Marrakech
    Parts of the famous red walls have collapsed in MarrakeshImage: KFS/imageBROKER/picture alliance

    According to the US Earthquake Observatory USGS, the earthquake occurred at 12:11 a.m. CEST at a depth of 18.5 kilometers, a good 70 kilometers southwest of Marrakech and 60 kilometers northeast of the city of Taroudant. The geophone at the Helmholtz Center Potsdam reported the magnitude of the earthquake as 6.9.

    rb/wa (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)

    Source: DW

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