At least 296 killed in powerful Morocco earthquake

296 people were killed and 153 others were injured in different regions of Morocco. As a result of a devastating earthquake that struck the country on Friday-Saturday night.

At least 296 killed in powerful Morocco earthquake
9 September 2023   02:13

The Moroccan Ministry of the Interior announced the death of 296 people and the injury of 153 others as a preliminary toll.

The National Center for Scientific and Technical Research, headquartered in Rabat, stated that the magnitude of the earthquake reached 7 on the Richter scale and that its epicenter was located in the Al Haouz province.

The Ministry of the Interior said in a statement: “In a preliminary toll, this earthquake resulted in the death of 296 people in the provinces and prefectures of Al Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant.”

It added: "It was also recorded that 153 people were wounded."

Moroccan media reported that this was the strongest earthquake to hit the Kingdom.

In one of the areas of Al Haouz, the epicenter of the earthquake, a family was trapped under the rubble after their house collapsed, according to media reports.

The "Media 24" website quoted medical sources as saying that there was a "massive influx" of wounded people to Marrakesh hospitals.

Residents of Marrakesh, Rabat, Casablanca, Agadir and Essaouira felt the earthquake, which sparked a state of panic.