Deadly Earthquake Strikes Near Marrakech: Morocco’s Worst in Decades

Late on Friday night, a devastating 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, approximately 72 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of the popular tourist city of Marrakech.

The earthquake has so far claimed over 2,000 lives, making it the deadliest the country has seen in decades, while around 1,404 others are reported to be in a critical condition, according to Morocco’s state TV Al Aoula.
Local Response and Outreach Efforts
Following the tragic event, Moroccan authorities have rallied to support the affected communities. Emergency teams have been deployed to conduct search and rescue operations, and temporary shelters have been set up for those displaced by the disaster.
Local and international NGOs have begun gathering resources, such as food, water, and medical supplies, to provide urgent assistance to the affected population.

They are also focusing on delivering psychological support for survivors, as this kind of sudden disaster can be traumatizing for those who have lost their homes, loved ones, or livelihoods.
A Historical Context of Earthquakes in Morocco
Morocco has experienced earthquakes in the past, with the most recent comparable disaster occurring in 2004 when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the port city of Al Hoceima, killing around 630 people and causing widespread damage.
The worst earthquake in Morocco’s modern history took place in 1960 near the western city of Agadir, killing at least 12,000 people.
Tips for Staying Safe During an Earthquake
As Morocco continues to reel from the aftermath of this tragedy, it is vital for individuals to be prepared for future scenarios. Here are some essential safety tips:
Drop, Cover, and Hold On: During an earthquake, get low to the ground, find cover under sturdy furniture, and hold on during shaking.
Stay Indoors: Avoid running outside during an earthquake, as debris and falling objects may cause injuries.
Create an Emergency Kit: Prepare a kit with essentials such as water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit.
Establish a Meeting Point: Identify a safe location where your family can reunite after an earthquake.
Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated with local news and warnings.
Support Contact Information
For those who need assistance or are looking to support the affected communities, you can contact the following organizations:
National Moroccan Red Crescent Society
UNICEF Morocco
Moroccan Ministry of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality, and Family
Amidst the devastation, the people of Morocco are rallying together to support each other and rebuild a brighter future. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost their loved ones and stand by as the resilient Moroccan spirit continues to prevail.

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