A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Morocco on Friday, September 8, killing at least 2,900 people. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit that part of the North African nation in more than a century, with much of the impact in hard-to-reach mountainous areas.
In pictures: Powerful earthquake kills thousands in Morocco
A powerful earthquake shook the country of Morocco on Friday night, causing widespread destruction and casualties.
The quake, a magnitude-6.8, destroyed buildings and crumpled walls across the five provinces at its epicenter near the town of Ighil in Al Haouz Province.
“The problem is that where destructive earthquakes are rare, buildings are simply not constructed robustly enough to cope with strong ground shaking, so many collapse resulting in high casualties,” Bill McGuire, professor emeritus of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London, said to The Associated Press.
“I would expect the final death toll to climb into the thousands once more is known. As with any big quake, aftershocks are likely, which will lead to further casualties and hinder search and rescue,” he added.
The nation’s monarch, King Mohammed VI, has mobilized land and air teams to conduct rescue missions and set up field hospitals.