Powerful Earthquake Strikes Morocco, Kills More Than 600 People

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An earthquake that struck Morocco at about 11 p.m. local time on Friday killed 630 people and injured 329 others. Rescue workers were looking for survivors of a strong earthquake that struck the Atlas Mountains, some 50 miles from Marrakesh.

Morocco Earthquake Claims 632 Lives

According to the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior, the devastating earthquake that struck Morocco has taken a heavy toll on various regions, with the following distribution of deaths until 7 a.m.:

  • Territory of Al-Hawz: 290 deaths
  • Tarudant Province: 190 deaths
  • Chishawa region: 89 deaths
  • Warzazat Province: 30 deaths
  • Marrakech: 13 deaths
  • Azilal Province: 11 deaths
  • Agadir: 5 deaths
  • Casablanca: 3 deaths
  • Yusufi region: 1 death

Morocco Earthquake Updates:

The total number of earthquake victims has risen to 632, including 51 individuals in critical condition, as reported by Morocco's official channel, Al-Awl, citing the Ministry of the Interior.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has revised its assessment of the earthquake's impact, indicating a 34% probability of a death toll ranging from 100 to 1,000 people, marking the strongest earthquake in North Africa in over a century.

Additionally, the USGS highlighted the likelihood of significant economic losses, particularly in areas with vulnerable structures, such as mud-based and unreinforced brick buildings.

In response to the urgent medical needs of the injured, the Moroccan Centre for Blood Transfusion has called upon citizens to donate blood, as many victims require immediate blood transfusions to aid in their recovery from this devastating earthquake. The earthquake has left residents seeking refuge in the streets, with the effects rippling through various regions, leaving a profound impact on Morocco and its people.

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