Powerful Earthquake Shakes Morocco, Leaving Over 630 Dead

In a devastating blow to the North African nation, a powerful earthquake rattled Morocco last night.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Powerful Earthquake Shakes Morocco, Leaving Over 630 Dead
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In a devastating blow to the North African nation, a powerful earthquake rattled Morocco last night. According to the most recent updates, the death toll has tragically reached 632, with another 329 people injured in the aftermath.

Historic Structures and Residential Buildings Reduced to Rubble

Morocco's rich history took a hit in the calamity, as numerous historical buildings crumbled under the earthquake's force. Many of these structures, which once stood as testaments to the nation's glorious past, were razed to the ground.

In the city of Marrakech, closest to the earthquake's epicenter, residents reported the collapse of several buildings within the old city—a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reuters provided stark images showing the remains of a once towering mosque minaret, its rubble crushing cars below.

The US Geological Survey pinpointed the magnitude of the earthquake at a significant 6.8 on the Richter scale. Highlighting the challenges faced by rescue operations, a local official reported that the majority of the casualties occurred in hard-to-reach mountainous regions.

Local citizens and rescue teams pulled together, working tirelessly through the night, shifting through debris in a desperate search for survivors.

Global Leaders Extend Support and Condolences

The catastrophe resonated across the globe, prompting reactions and offers of assistance from various world leaders.

On X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the affected. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the midst of hosting the G20 summit, announced India's readiness to provide all necessary assistance to Morocco.

Echoing a similar sentiment, a spokesperson from the United Nations stated, “The United Nations is ready to assist the government of Morocco in its efforts to support the impacted population”. Residents left homeless by the quake found temporary solace on mattresses in green areas, as relief workers scurried to provide first aid to the injured.

The entire nation now faces the arduous task of rebuilding and healing, aided by a global community united in grief and solidarity.

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