• Last Update 2023-09-28 10:41:00

Death toll in Morocco-quake surpasses 2000


The death toll in the strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 that struck central Morocco, has exceeded  2,000 people and caused severe damage in several areas. 

Residents rushed into the streets when the quake struck at 23:11 local time (22:11 GMT) on Friday. 

"Violent" tremors were felt in several areas of the country from Casablanca to Marrakesh, where many buildings have been destroyed or severely damaged. 

The country's royal palace has declared three days of national mourning. 

The epicentre was in the High Atlas Mountains, 71km (44 miles) south-west of Marrakesh. 

Many people are still believed to be under the rubble and rescue efforts are under way. Several bodies have already been recovered.


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