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A Powerful Earthquake Strikes Morocco, Killing Hundreds

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Morocco on Friday night, killing at least 632 people and injuring 329. The earthquake was the strongest to hit the country in more than 120 years.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the Al-Hawz region of southwestern Morocco, about 71 kilometers southwest of Marrakesh. The earthquake was felt in several other countries in North Africa, including Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.

The earthquake caused widespread damage in the Al-Hawz region, where many buildings collapsed. The old city of Marrakesh also suffered significant damage.

Marrakesh resident Noordin Bazin said the earthquake was “sudden and catastrophic.” He told Al Jazeera, “We had a terrible night full of nightmares. We are not used to this kind of disaster.”

Bazin added that the old city of Marrakesh suffered the most damage because many of the buildings there were in poor condition.

Another Marrakesh resident, Mohammed, said he was on the third floor of his building when the earthquake struck. He said the furniture was shaking terribly and he feared for his life. He survived by running to the roof of the building.

The Moroccan government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. Rescue workers are working to evacuate the injured and search for survivors.

The earthquake is a major tragedy for Morocco. The government has appealed for international aid to help with the relief effort.

The earthquake is a reminder of the seismic activity that occurs in this region of the world. Morocco is located in a seismically active zone known as the Mediterranean-Alpine fault system. This fault system is responsible for many earthquakes in North Africa.

The government of Morocco has taken steps to mitigate the risks of earthquakes, but more needs to be done. The earthquake is a wake-up call for Morocco and other countries in the region to invest in earthquake preparedness.

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