African Leaders Express Condolences to Morocco Following Deadly Earthquake

© AFP 2023 FADEL SENNAA resident navigates through the rubble following a 6.8-magnitude quake in Marrakesh on September 9, 2023
A resident navigates through the rubble following a 6.8-magnitude quake in Marrakesh on September 9, 2023 - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 10.09.2023
Morocco was rocked by a rare and powerful earthquake on Friday night, which killed at least 2,012 people and injured more than 2,000. The quake, which had a magnitude of 6.9, was the most powerful among the instrumentally recorded ones in Morocco's modern history.
Leaders from several African countries have sent their condolences to the people and government of Morocco following the devastating earthquake that struck Friday night, killing at least 2,012 people and injuring 2,059 others.
Nigerian President Bola Tinubu expressed his nation's unwavering solidarity with Morocco, stating, "Nigeria will continue to stand in solidarity with Morocco as they recover, rebuild and come out stronger than ever from this unfortunate event."
Rwandan President Paul Kagame conveyed his sympathies on behalf of the Rwandan people, stressing, "Rwanda stands with Morocco in this difficult time."

"On behalf of all Rwandans, I express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with King Mohammed VI, the families of the victims and the people of Morocco in this moment of profound tragedy," Kagame said.

South Africa's Deputy President Paul Mashatile, on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was attending the G20 Summit in India, expressed deep sadness at the loss of life and offered the country's condolences to the people of Morocco.
A view of a home that was damaged by the earthquake, in Ijjoukak village, near Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 10.09.2023
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Mashatile commended the emergency response institutions in Morocco and expressed confidence in the country's resilience to come together in the aftermath of the disaster.
In his turn, Kenyan President William Ruto released a statement affirming his country's support to the Moroccan people.
"Kenya stands with the people of Morocco as they deal with the devastating effects of the earthquake that struck their nation," the Kenyan leader said.
On Friday, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck various regions of Morocco, affecting areas such as El-Houz, Taroudant, Chichaoua, Tiznit, Marrakech, Azilal, Agadir, Casablanca and Youssoufia, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry.
According to the Moroccan National Geophysical Institute, this is the strongest earthquake to hit the country in the last century. The institute said at least six major aftershocks were recorded following the main quake.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the epicenter of the earthquake, which struck shortly after 11 p.m. local time, was near the town of Ighil in the High Atlas Mountains, about 75 kilometers (46.6 miles) southeast of Marrakech at a depth of 18.5 kilometers. The earthquake resulted from a shallow oblique thrust fault beneath the mountain range, causing both horizontal and vertical movement along a fault plane.
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According to media reports, the situation in the Marrakech region was particularly dire, with buildings collapsing and residents trapped under the rubble. The earthquake also damaged major landmarks, including the famous red walls that surround the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces advised citizens to exercise caution and to move to safe areas to protect themselves from aftershocks. The tremors were felt not only in Morocco, but also in neighboring Algeria, Mauritania, Mali, and across the Mediterranean in Spain and Portugal.