The minaret of a mosque stands behind damaged or destroyed houses following an earthquake in Moulay Brahim, Al-Haouz province, on September 9, 2023 - Sputnik Africa

Live Updates: Number of People Trapped Under Earthquake Debris in Morocco Unknown

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), a magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred in Morocco 77 kilometers (48 miles) southwest of the city of Marrakesh with a population of 839,000 people.
An earthquake took place on the night of September 8 to 9 in Moroccan the provinces and communes of Al-Haouz, Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua and Taroudant.
Numerous nations have expressed condolences to the King and people of Morocco, many offering their help.
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18:56 09.09.2023
Aftermath of Morocco's Strongest Earthquake in 20 Years
A woman reacts standing infront of her earthquake-damaged house in the old city in Marrakesh on September 9, 2023. A powerful earthquake that shook Morocco late September 8 killed more than 600 people, interior ministry figures showed, sending terrified residents fleeing their homes in the middle of the night. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 09.09.2023
Aftermath of Morocco's Strongest Earthquake in 20 Years
18:49 09.09.2023
18:34 09.09.2023
Morocco's Earthquake Reportedly Felt in Spain, Portugal, Algeria, and Mali
The devastating earthquake that struck Morocco on Friday night was felt in Spain, Portugal, and Algeria, as well as Mali, according to media reports.
Many people reported hearing loud noises and feeling strong vibrations before the quake struck. Some witnesses said they saw flashes of light in the sky, which could be explained by the phenomenon of seismic lights.
17:09 09.09.2023
Live: Situation in Morocco in the Wake of Earthquake
17:01 09.09.2023
US Stands Ready to Assist Morocco After Devastating Earthquake: Blinken
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday sent condolences to Morocco in connection with the deadly earthquake that struck the African country the day before and offered the nation assistance on behalf of Washington.
"On behalf of the people of the United States, I express my deep sadness at the loss of life and destruction caused by yesterday's earthquake in Morocco and extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of those affected. The United States is ready to provide any necessary assistance as Morocco responds to this tragedy," Blinken said in a statement.
16:23 09.09.2023
16:11 09.09.2023
Number of People Trapped Under Earthquake Debris in Morocco Unknown
"We cannot know how many people are trapped under the rubble of the earthquake," said the director of the Moroccan Red Crescent in Marrakech, adding that the gravity of the situation has created an urgent need for essential resources such as water, food and tents to support the affected population.
He also noted that the injuries suffered by survivors are varied, ranging from fractures and severe bleeding to cases of suffocation due to collapsed buildings.
15:35 09.09.2023
Six Major Earthquake Aftershocks Recorded in Morocco, Says Institute of Geophysics
At least six major aftershocks have been recorded following the main earthquake that struck central Morocco on Friday evening, Al Jazeera reported, citing the director of the Moroccan Institute of Geophysics, Nasser Jabbour.
Jabbour added that the magnitude of Friday's quake was an exceptional event in the region.
15:12 09.09.2023
Morocco Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 1,037; Another 1,204 Injured: Reports
The death toll from the earthquake in Morocco has risen to 1,037, while another 1,204 people have been injured, the Al-Arabiya broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing data of the Moroccan Interior Ministry.
14:40 09.09.2023
Algeria Decides to Open Airspace for Quake Relief Flights to Morocco
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Algeria Decides to Open Airspace for Quake Relief Flights to Morocco
13:39 09.09.2023
Vatican: Pope Francis Expresses Deep Solidarity with Morocco in Wake of Earthquake Tragedy
Pope Francis has conveyed his profound solidarity on Saturday to the people of Morocco who have been affected by a catastrophic earthquake. The earthquake, which struck the North African country, has claimed the lives of at least 820 individuals.
"The pope expresses his profound solidarity with those who are touched in the flesh and heart by this tragedy," read a telegram sent to Morocco by the Vatican's Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.
13:15 09.09.2023
Morocco Earthquake Aftershocks Expected to Continue for Days or Even Weeks
Morocco's National Institute of Geophysics has said that aftershocks could continue for several days following Friday night's earthquake in the country.
"The aftershocks are expected to continue for a few days or a few weeks before they disappear," the institute said, according to Moroccan media.
12:45 09.09.2023
Historical Buildings, Minaret of Famous Mosque in Morocco Damaged by Earthquake
The minaret of one of the most famous mosques in North Africa in the city of Marrakesh was damaged as a result of the earthquake that hit Morocco on the night of Friday to Saturday, media reported.
"The tower of the Kutubiyya Mosque shook and dust rose from underneath it. The photographs show the collapse of another tower," a TV channel said.
Media reported that the earthquake led to the collapse of dozens of historical houses and walls, and many archaeological sites and tourist sites in Marrakech were damaged.
12:32 09.09.2023
Chinese President Xi Sends 'Message of Condolence' to Morocco After Deadly Earthquake
According to the Chinese official broadcaster CCTV, "on September 9, President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to King Mohammed VI of Morocco over the severe earthquake in Morocco."
12:09 09.09.2023
UN Ready to Help Moroccan Population Affected by Earthquake
The United Nations said it stands ready to assist Morocco in its efforts to help those affected by the earthquake.
"The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the government and people of Morocco in these difficult times. He addresses his most sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured," the UN said in a press release. "The United Nations is ready to assist the government of Morocco in its efforts to assist the impacted population."
For his part, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), a UN agency, said it was ready to support Morocco's urgent health needs.
12:03 09.09.2023
European Union Ready to Provide Support to Morocco, Says Borrell
The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, announced that the European Union is ready to provide assistance to Morocco following Friday night's earthquake that killed at least 632 people and injured hundreds more.
"My thoughts are with the Moroccan people who have been hit by a terrible earthquake that shook the country overnight and left hundreds dead," the European official said in a statement on social media. "The EU stands ready to provide any assistance that Morocco may need."
11:55 09.09.2023
France Opens Emergency Response Unit in Morocco
The French embassy in Morocco announced on Saturday that it had opened an emergency unit in the quake-hit North African country, expressing its solidarity with Rabat.
11:53 09.09.2023
Death Toll From Earthquake In Morocco Rises To 820, At Least 672 People Injured: Reports
10:54 09.09.2023
Arab League: 'Our Hearts Are With Our Families & Brothers' in Quake-Stricken Morocco
Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said: "My sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of the earthquake that struck Morocco. Our hearts are with our families and brothers there, and I pray to God to be kind to this dear Arab country and its authentic people, and to quickly overcome this crisis."
10:53 09.09.2023
Jordanian Foreign Ministry Expresses Sincere Sympathy to Morocco
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry expressed its "deepest condolences and sincere sympathy to the government and people of the sisterly Kingdom of Morocco for the victims of the earthquake that occurred yesterday evening, Friday, and resulted in a large number of victims and injuries."