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Morocco Earthquake Kills More Than 1000 People

Morocco Earthquake Kills More Than 1000 People

Morocco was rocked by the biggest earthquake to hit the country in 120 years on Friday, recording a 6.8 magnitude. 

The earthquake has killed more than 1,000 people and damaged buildings from villages in the Atlas Mountains to the historic city of Marrakech.

The Earthquake struck the city late in the night and residents recalled running out of their houses in fear that it may happen again. 

A man visiting a nearby apartment said dishes and wall hangings began raining down, and people were knocked off their feet and chairs. 

Many residents slept outside in fear that their buildings may come down due to the impact. 

Many buildings were destroyed, especially the ones not created to withstand earthquakes. 

“The problem is that where destructive earthquakes are rare, buildings are simply not constructed robustly enough to cope with strong ground shaking, so many collapses resulting in high casualties,” said Bill McGuire, professor emeritus of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London. “I would expect the final death toll to climb into the thousands once more is known. As with any big quake, aftershocks are likely, which will lead to further casualties and hinder search and rescue.”

At least 1,037 people died, mostly in Marrakech and five provinces near the quake’s epicenter, and another 1,204 people were injured, Morocco’s Interior Ministry reported Saturday morning.

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