RABAT, Morocco — A robust earthquake struck Morocco late Friday, damaging buildings in main cities and sending panicked folks pouring into streets and alleyways from the capital Rabat to Marrakech, the county’s most visited vacationer vacation spot.
There was no quick phrase on whether or not there have been any accidents or deaths. Authorities officers had made no touch upon the quake’s affect as of early Saturday, nor had the state information company reported on it.
Moroccans posted movies displaying some buildings turned to rubble and components of the well-known crimson partitions that encompass the outdated metropolis in historic Marrakech broken. Vacationers and others posted movies of individuals evacuating eating places within the metropolis as throbbing membership music performed.
The U.S. Geological Survey mentioned the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 when it hit at 11:11 p.m., with shaking that lasted a number of seconds. Morocco’s Nationwide Seismic Monitoring and Alert Community measured it at 7 on the Richter scale. The U.S. company reported a magnitude-4.9 aftershock hit 19 minutes later.
Variations in early measurements are frequent, though both studying can be Morocco’s strongest in years. Although earthquakes are comparatively uncommon in North Africa, a magnitude 5.8 tremor struck close to Agadir and triggered hundreds of deaths in 1960.
The epicenter of Friday’s tremor was excessive within the Atlas Mountains roughly 43.5 miles south of Marrakech. It was additionally close to Toubkal, the best peak in North Africa and Oukaimeden, a well-liked Moroccan ski resort.
The USGS mentioned the epicenter was 11 miles under the Earth’s floor, whereas Morocco’s seismic company put it at 5 miles down.
Neither Moroccan officers nor MAP, Morocco’s official information company, had printed any details about casualties or damages as of early Saturday. Authorities officers sometimes use the company to speak details about essential issues.