Morocco Earthquake LIVE news: A powerful earthquake that struck Morocco late Friday night killed at least 1,000 people, the country’s Interior Ministry said
Morocco Earthquake :Following a strong earthquake, the Moroccan authorities reported 1,000 fatalities and 329 injuries, more than double the previous estimate, according to AP. Videos depicting destroyed structures and damaged portions of the renowned red walls that encircle the old city in medieval Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage site, were posted online by Moroccans. The US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake, which struck around 11:11 p.m. and caused shaking that lasted several seconds, had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8. The National Seismic Monitoring and Alert Network of Morocco recorded the earthquake as a 7 on the Richter scale. A magnitude 4.9 aftershock was recorded 19 minutes later, according to the US agency.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says that Germany has also activated its technical relief agency and that it will do everything in its power to assist people who are in need morocco earthquake
At a G20 conference in New Delhi, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the earthquake “has moved and worried many people here. All of us are organizing support right now. We’ll do our best to assist those who can be aided; Germany has already activated its technical relief agency.
The AFCON qualifier between Morocco and Liberia has been postponed owing to the earthquake.
The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier between Morocco and Liberia has been postponed following a severe earthquake in Morocco on Friday.
According to reports, over 1000 people were killed and many more were injured in the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near Marrakech late Friday night.
As a result, the AFCON qualifier between Morocco and Liberia scheduled for later on Saturday in Agadir has been rescheduled.
Doctors without borders offers help
MSF, or Doctors Without Borders, says it is ready to respond to the earthquake in Morocco that killed over 1,000 people and injured many more.
The magnitude-6.8 earthquake, a rare in Morocco, shocked people out of bed Friday night. In addition to the dead and injured, dozens of structures that were not designed to survive such a violent earthquake collapsed.
MSF-USA executive director Avril Benoît stated in a statement that those who reside in the impacted area are “key to the initial response” when searching for survivors.
Algeria grants its airspace to Earthquake relief flights from Morocco
Algeria’s president’s office stated Saturday that aircraft providing humanitarian aid to earthquake-ravaged Morocco will be allowed to fly via its airspace, lifting a two-year ban on flights to its regional competitor.
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked a hilly area southwest of the Moroccan tourist hub of Marrakesh late Friday, killing over 1,000 people and injuring at least 1,200 more.
Algerian officials “have decided to open the airspace to flights transporting humanitarian aid and injured” from the earthquake, according to a statement from the president’s office.
Algeria closed its airspace to all Moroccan planes in September 2021, after cutting diplomatic ties with its long-time adversary.
According to USGS records, this is the worst earthquake since 1960
The Interior Ministry reported that 1,037 people were killed and 672 were injured in the earthquake, which was measured at a magnitude of 6.8 by the US Geological Survey and had its epicentre 72 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of Marrakech.
Rescue workers sifted through rubble with their bare hands in the village of Amizmiz, near the epicentre.
The roads going to the hilly region surrounding the epicenter were completely blocked.
The Moroccan military and emergency services mobilized aid operations to the earthquake areas, however highways leading to the mountain region surrounding the epicenter were clogged with vehicles and blocked by collapsed boulders, hampering rescue efforts. Trucks carrying blankets, camp cots, and lighting equipment were attempting to reach the hard-hit area, according to the government news agency MAP.