International media have reported that last night an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 shook the center of Morocco. According to the preliminary statistics of the government of this country, nearly 300 people have been killed as a result of this event.
The quake struck in Morocco’s High Atlas mountain range shortly after 11 p.m. local time at the relatively shallow depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.4 miles), USGS said, with the epicenter located about 72 kilometers (44.7 miles) southwest of Marrakech, a city of some 840,000 people and a popular tourist destination.
Based on these reports, strong tremors were also felt in the coastal cities of Rabat, Casablanca, and Essaouira.
On the part of the Moroccan officials in their initial statement of this terrible earthquake, they stated that 296 people were killed and 153 were injured until the early hours after the incident. But the death toll is expected to increase.