A powerful earthquake struck Morocco, killing hundreds and injuring hundreds more

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A powerful earthquake struck Morocco on the night of September 8, killing at least 296 people and injuring 153. The quake was felt as far away as Portugal and Algeria.

The epicenter of the earthquake was near the town of Ighil in Al Haouz Province, roughly 70 kilometers south of Marrakech. It had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 and was followed by a magnitude-4.9 aftershock.

The earthquake caused widespread damage in the affected areas, particularly in rural areas where many buildings are not built to withstand earthquakes. The quake also damaged the historic city of Marrakech, including the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque.

Rescue workers are still working to reach remote areas and assess the full extent of the damage.

The Moroccan government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas and has mobilized all available resources to respond to the disaster.

The earthquake is a reminder of the dangers of seismic activity in North Africa. In 1960, a magnitude 5.8 tremor struck near the Moroccan city of Agadir and caused thousands of deaths.

The Moroccan government has said that it will provide financial assistance to those affected by the earthquake and will work to rebuild the affected areas.

The quake is a tragedy, but it is also an opportunity to rebuild and make Morocco’s infrastructure more resilient to future earthquakes.

The earthquake is a reminder of the importance of seismic safety planning and construction. Governments and businesses in earthquake-prone areas should take steps to mitigate the risks of earthquakes, such as building earthquake-resistant structures and developing emergency response plans.

Individuals can also take steps to protect themselves from earthquakes, such as having an earthquake preparedness kit and knowing how to respond to an earthquake.


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