Marrakesh, Morocco – A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 shook the city of Marrakesh in southwestern Morocco on Friday (8/9). The Moroccan Ministry of Interior has reported that the earthquake has tragically claimed the lives of 296 people.
In an official statement, the Moroccan Ministry of Interior provided preliminary information, indicating that a total of 296 individuals have lost their lives, while 153 others have sustained injuries.
“According to preliminary reports, the earthquake has claimed the lives of 296 people in the provinces and cities of Al-Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilail, Chichaoua, and Taroudant,” stated the Moroccan Ministry of Interior, as reported by AFP and CNN Indonesia.
In the aftermath of the earthquake, hospitals in Marrakesh quickly filled with injured patients. Additionally, there was a temporary disruption in electrical and telephone networks, lasting at least 10 minutes following the earthquake.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) revealed that the earthquake’s epicenter was at a depth of 18.5 km and occurred approximately 71 km northeast of Marrakesh. The tremors were even felt in coastal cities such as Rabat, Casablanca, and Essaouira.