The earthquake occurred late Friday night, and its epicenter was deep underground in the Atlas Mountains, south of the famous tourist city of Marrakesh in southern Morocco. It had a magnitude of 6.8, according to the US Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes around the world.
According to the Moroccan authorities, this may be the strongest earthquake the country has witnessed so far. The authorities set the magnitude of the earthquake at 7, and that Al Haouz Governorate was the most affected.
The USGS immediately warned that there was a risk of significant economic damage, but also a risk of personal injury since many people lived in homes that were not earthquake-resistant.
Videos posted on social media show damaged homes and people rushing into the streets. The earthquake was certainly felt by large parts of the country. In the World Heritage-listed city of Marrakesh, damage to the famous red walls surrounding the old city center can be seen.
Abdul Haq Al-Omrani, who lives in the city, told AFP: “We felt violent tremors and I understood then that it was an earthquake.”
A person in the coastal city of Essaouira, 200 kilometers west of Marrakesh, described the earthquake as causing more panic than the damage there.
We heard screaming at the time of the earthquake. The person says and continues:
– People are out in the squares and in cafes and intend to sleep outside. Parts of the facades fell into the street.
There are no Swedes infected
The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not receive any reports of injured or killed Swedes.
Swedes in the area are asked to follow the advice and instructions of the local authorities.
– All Swedes in the region are also encouraged to subscribe to the so-called Swedish list and follow the travel information of the Swedish Embassy on the Sweden Abroad website, says Filippa Westling at the Foreign Ministry’s press service for TT.
The embassy in Rabat is following developments.
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