6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Morocco, killing hundreds

Daily News Egypt
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Collapsed building in Tinghir town in central-eastern Morocco, following the earthquake

 A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 jolted 76 km south west of Marrakech, Morocco, at 22:11:01 GMT on Friday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre

The earthquake sent panicked residents to the streets nationwide, amid reports of damaged buildings. At least 632 people have died and 329 injured in Morocco after an earthquake struck near the historic Marrakech city, according to government estimates.

The epicentre, with a depth of 18.5 km, was initially determined to be at 31.11 degrees north latitude and 8.44 degrees west longitude.

Videos posted on Morocco’s social media show some buildings turned to rubble. Tourists and others posted videos of people evacuating restaurants in Marrakech as throbbing club music played.

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