The strongest earthquake to hit the region in a century
On the evening of Friday 8 September, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Morocco. The epicentre was in the High Atlas Mountains, approximately 70 kilometres south of Marrakesh. A 4.9 magnitude aftershock followed just 20 minutes later. Morocco’s National Institute of Geophysics stated that this level of seismic activity is the first recorded in a century in the country.
The total number of people affected is in the hundreds of thousands. Many of the worst affected areas are in hard to reach remote and mountainous terrain, so these numbers are likely to rise rapidly in the coming days as the full impact of the disaster becomes clearer.
This is a live and ongoing crisis. This page will be updated regularly with more information and resources.
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