Devastating 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Claims Over 800 Lives in Morocco: Egypt Expresses Solidarity
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed condolences to the Kingdom of Morocco following a destructive 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the High Atlas Mountain range on Friday night.
High Casualty Figures
The Moroccan Ministry of Interior and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that at least 820 people lost their lives and 672 were injured in the earthquake. The epicenter was located in the Al Haouz province, approximately 75 kilometers southeast of Marrakech.
Egypt expressed complete solidarity with Morocco in coping with the devastating impact of the earthquake, offering support to the government and people of Morocco in this difficult time.
Details of the Earthquake
The Moroccan National Institute of Geophysics determined that the earthquake occurred at 23:11:01 with a magnitude of 7.0. The highest number of casualties were recorded in Al Haouz, Taroudant, and Chichaoua, with deaths also reported in several other provinces and prefectures.
Uncommon but Expected
While earthquakes of this size are uncommon in the region, they are not unexpected. USGS explained that since 1900, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 6 or higher within a 500 km radius of this recent earthquake, with only 9 earthquakes of magnitude 5 or higher recorded.
The devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Morocco has resulted in a significant loss of life and injuries. Egypt has expressed heartfelt condolences and solidarity with Morocco, emphasizing the need for support during this challenging time. The earthquake, although uncommon, serves as a reminder of the region's vulnerability to seismic activity.