Aftershocks Expected as Morocco Earthquake Claims Over 2,000 Live

Morocco Earthquake

Morocco Earthquake is currently struggling with the effects of a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 that occurred on Friday; the dead toll has surpassed 2,000 and more than 2,000 people have been injured, including more than 1,000 who are in critical condition.

This powerful earthquake occurred in the southwest of Marrakech city, within the High Atlas mountains region. While the epicenter caused damage to historic buildings in the nearest city, the most severely impacted areas were in the mountainous areas nearby.

Philippe Vernant, an expert in active tectonics at the University of Montpellier, warned of the seismic vulnerability of Morocco. He remarked to AFP that in Morocco, the question is not whether earthquakes will occur, but when.

Morocco has experienced significant seismic events in the past, such as the Agadir earthquake in 1960 with a magnitude of 5.7, which resulted in the destruction of the entire city and claimed nearly 15,000 lives. More recently, in 2004, the Al Hoceima earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 occurred further north along the Mediterranean coast.

Looking further back in time, there were earthquakes in the Fez region in the 18th century that were probably around magnitude 7.

The most recent earthquake’s epicenter is not located in the most populous region of Morocco. However, the High Atlas mountains are there. The High Atlas range was raised as a result of this kind of earthquake.