The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.8 and its center was a good 70 kilometers southwest of the city of Marrakesh.
At least 30 people have died in a strong earthquake that shook the central parts of Morocco late Friday evening, according to, among other things, CNN.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.8. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Atlas Mountains, a good 70 kilometers southwest of the tourist city of Marrakesh. The earthquake has claimed the most victims in the hard-to-reach mountain area, say the authorities.
Residents of Marrakesh report that several buildings have collapsed. The earthquake that happened after eleven o’clock in the evening caused people to flee to the streets in panic.
The earthquake was also felt in the capital Rabat, Casablanca and Essaouira.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake was the strongest in Morocco in more than 120 years.
The news is updated.
Sources: Reuters, AFP