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The seismic event occurred late on Friday night, initially registering a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale at precisely 11:11 pm local time, with sustained tremors lasting for several seconds. However, Morocco's National Seismic Monitoring and Alert Network later revised the earthquake's magnitude to 7.2.
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Rescue teams are in a race against time to locate survivors amidst the debris, over 48 hours after Morocco's most devastating earthquake in over six decades.
This tragic event has claimed the lives of over 2,800 people and left a trail of destruction in villages nestled in the High Atlas Mountains.
A seismology expert, Remy Mossu, who serves as the director of the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, has issued a warning that Morocco will experience ongoing aftershocks for weeks or even months to come. According to Mossu, the country has already witnessed more than 25 aftershocks since the earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.8.
Mossu stated emphatically, "Aftershocks are not a possibility; they are a certainty."
Amidst these trying circumstances, some villagers are grappling with the challenge of finding adequate burial space for their loved ones, as funeral proceedings are occurring side by side with ongoing rescue efforts. Others are preparing additional graves to accommodate potential future casualties, all while the arduous rescue operations persist.
The epicenter of this devastating earthquake was identified in the Ighil area of the High Atlas mountains. Furthermore, a 4.9-magnitude aftershock was recorded a mere 19 minutes following the initial quake, as reported by the US Geological Survey.
Most of the tragic casualties have been concentrated in remote and challenging-to-reach mountainous regions, as confirmed by statements from the interior ministry.
Disturbing visual documentation has emerged, depicting numerous structures reduced to rubble, and significant damage has been inflicted upon segments of Marrakech's renowned red walls. Additionally, buildings within the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, have suffered extensive damage, with photographic evidence revealing the presence of crushed vehicles and debris scattered throughout the affected areas.