Morocco: death toll from earthquake exceeds 1,000

Morocco: earthquake death toll rises to 632 (media)

The death toll from the earthquake that struck Morocco climbs to 632, according to the Medias24 news site, which refers to the Interior Ministry.

According to the publication, 329 people were also injured. In the first provisional data provided by the Ministry of the Interior, the earthquake that struck Morocco on Friday night killed almost 300 people. According to the statement, at least 296 people were killed in the provinces and communes of al-Haouz, Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua and Taroudant.

Additionally, 153 injured people have been confirmed. They are hospitalized and receiving the necessary care, assured the Ministry of the Interior.

The magnitude 7 earthquake occurred at 11:11 p.m. local time on Friday (UTC+1), according to Morocco’s National Institute of Geophysics. The epicenter was located near Ighil in Al Haouz province, and its focus is 8 km deep.

The previous powerful earthquake in Morocco occurred on February 24, 2004 in the province of Al Hoceïma (north of the country). Its magnitude was then 6.3 degrees on the Richter scale. The victims of its tremors numbered 628 people.