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    Over 800 people were killed in a major earthquake in Morocco.

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    Smali Magazine September 09, 2023 -According to the Moroccan Interior Ministry, at least 820 people were killed and 672 others were injured as a result of a massive earthquake that slammed the country on Saturday.
    The magnitude 7.0 quake killed people in several regions, including Al Haouz and Marrakesh provinces, as well as the cities of Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant, according to the government.

    According to Morocco’s National Geophysical Institute, the earthquake was the strongest to strike the North African country in a century.

    The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck shortly after 11 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT), was 75 kilometres (46.6 miles) southeast of Marrakech, at a depth of 18.5 km, according to the US Geological Survey.

    The situation was believed to be especially grave in the Marrakech region, where multiple buildings were said to have fallen and residents were said to be trapped under debris.

    According to local media, various buildings were destroyed, including the renowned red walls that enclose the ancient city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    The Royal Armed Forces warned civilians to be cautious and instructed them to safe areas to avoid aftershocks.

    Tremors were reported in neighbouring Algeria and Mauritania as well.

    According to the state news agency MAP, Moroccan authorities have initiated an operation to bring relief to earthquake-affected areas.

    “Seven trucks loaded with blankets, camp beds, and lighting equipment are ready in Al Arjat village in the northern city of Sale to be delivered to residents of affected areas,” according to MAP.

    The Turkish Red Crescent said it is constantly monitoring the situation and is working with foreign humanitarian organisations and others in the region.

    A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck northeastern Morocco in 2004, killing over 600 people and injuring many more.

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