2023 Marrakesh–Safi earthquake

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2023 Marrakesh-Safi earthquake
Collapsed buildings in Moulay Brahim
2023 Marrakesh–Safi earthquake is located in Morocco
2023 Marrakesh–Safi earthquake
UTC time2023-09-08 22:11:01
Local date8 September 2023 (2023-09-08)
Local time23:11
Magnitude6.8 Mww, 6.9 Mw
Depth18.5 kilometres (11.5 mi)
Epicenter31°06′36″N 8°26′24″W / 31.110°N 8.440°W / 31.110; -8.440Coordinates: 31°06′36″N 8°26′24″W / 31.110°N 8.440°W / 31.110; -8.440
Areas affectedMorocco
Max. intensityVIII (Severe)
Casualties2,946+ dead, 5,674+ injured

A magnitude 6.8–6.9 earthquake hit Marrakesh-Safi, Morocco on 8 September 2023 with an depth of 18.5 km.[1] The maximum Mercalli intensity was VIII (Severe). 2,946 people were killed and 5,674 others injured. It was also felt in Spain, Portugal and Algeria.

The affected area is rural, and in the mountains. As of 9 September, not all sites affected could be reached. The earthquake led to cuts in the electric power system. It also caused landslides, which means that on 9 September, some areas are still inaccessible. The number of people who have become homeless because of the earthquake is still unknown.

The government has asked people in Marrakech to donate blood.

Earthquake[change | change source]

The earthquake was the largest one ever recorded there, surpassed by the 1755 Meknès earthquake, at magnitude 6.5–7.0. It occurred at 18.5 km (11.5 mi) depth.[2] There was a smaller aftershock 19 minutes later.[3]

According to the USGS, the earthquake in the High Atlas region had a unique fault pattern. It involved a steep fault line slanting northwest or a shallow one slanting east. The affected fault area was estimated to be 30 km by 20 km.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "At least 296 reported dead as powerful earthquake hits Morocco". Aljazeera. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Earthquake Information Center (8 September 2023). "M 6.8 - 56 km W of Oukaïmedene, Morocco". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  3. "Powerful earthquake strikes Morocco, killing hundreds and damaging historic buildings in Marrakech". Associated Press. Retrieved 9 September 2023.