Aftershocks hit Morocco as earthquake death toll reaches 2,000

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Morocco on Friday, resulting in at least 2,000 fatalities and causing extensive damage. This earthquake is considered the deadliest in the country in the past 60 years. The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces confirmed that 2,012 people have been confirmed dead, with 2,059 believed to be injured. Of those injured, more than 1,400 are in critical condition.

The affected area experienced a magnitude 3.9 aftershock on Sunday, but it is unclear if this resulted in further damage or casualties. This aftershock was the second to occur, with the first being a magnitude 4.9 aftershock 20 minutes after the initial earthquake.

The earthquake originated in the village of Iguil, near the Oukaimeden ski resort, which is known for being prone to seismic activity. The epicenter was approximately 50 miles from Marrakesh. While earthquakes of this magnitude are more common in the northern part of Morocco, they are considered uncommon but not unexpected in this region.

The World Health Organization estimates that 300,000 people were impacted by the earthquake. The organization has teams on standby to provide support and ensure the delivery of health services, including trauma care.

The Moroccan army has been conducting search and rescue missions, and officials are working to provide food, water, and shelter to those affected. Some individuals have expressed complaints on social media about the government's response, but President Joe Biden has stated that the US administration is in contact with Moroccan officials and stands ready to provide assistance if needed. Spain and France have already sent resources and offered assistance in search and rescue efforts.


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