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31 Killed As 7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits in Morocco

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At least 31 people were killed after a powerful earthquake hit Morocco on Friday night, local media reported.

Twenty-seven people died in the region of the tourist city Marrakech, 320 kilometres south of capital Rabat, and four others in the province of Ouarzazate further south, the report said, citing local sources.

 

The quake hit 44 miles (71 kilometers) southwest of Marrakesh at a depth of 18.5 kilometers at 11:11 pm (2211 GMT)

It sent debris flying into narrow alleyways and items tumbling off shelves, according to video posted on social media.

 

USGS’s PAGER system, which provides preliminary assessments on the impact of earthquakes, issued an orange alert for economic losses, estimating significant damage is likely, and a yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities, indicating some casualties are possible.

USGS said that “the population in this region lives in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking.”

 

Morocco experiences frequent earthquakes in its northern region due to its position between the African and Eurasian plates.

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