October 5, 2023

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RABAT, Morocco — A robust earthquake struck Morocco late Friday, damaging buildings in main cities and sending panicked folks pouring into streets and alleyways from Rabat to Marrakech. There was no fast phrase on any casualties, nor any studies from authorities officers on the tremor’s impression.

Moroccans posted movies exhibiting some buildings turned to rubble. Vacationers and others posted movies of individuals evacuating eating places in Marrakech as throbbing membership music performed.

The U.S. Geological Survey mentioned the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 when it hit at 11:11 p.m. Morocco’s Nationwide Seismic Monitoring and Alert Community measured it at 7 on the Richter scale.

Variations in early measurements are widespread, though both studying can be Morocco’s strongest in years. Although earthquakes are comparatively uncommon in North Africa, a magnitude 5.8 tremor struck close to Agadir and prompted 1000’s of deaths in 1960.

The epicenter of Friday’s tremor was excessive within the Atlas Mountains south of Marrakech and west of Oukaimeden, a well-liked Moroccan ski resort. It was additionally close to Toubkal, the best peak in North Africa.

MAP, Morocco’s official information company, had not revealed any details about the earthquake as of early Saturday.