Sep 10, 2023
On Saturday, September 9, 2023, rescue team members solemnly transported the body of an earthquake victim from Ouargane village, located in close proximity to Marrakech, Morocco.
On the night of Friday, September 8, 2023, Morocco experienced the impact of a rare and potent earthquake.
Resulting in the tragic loss of over 800 lives and causing significant structural damage, this seismic event affected communities spanning from the villages nestled within the Atlas Mountains to the storied city of Marrakech.
The complete extent of the tragedy remained uncertain as rescue teams faced immense challenges navigating treacherous roads littered with boulders in their quest to reach the remote mountain communities most severely impacted.
In 2004, a seismic event with a magnitude of 6.4 struck in close proximity to the Mediterranean coastal city of Al Hoceima, resulting in a devastating loss of over 600 lives.
The seismic tremors from Friday's earthquake were perceptible in regions as distant as Portugal and Algeria, as confirmed by reports from the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere and Algeria's Civil Defense agency, responsible for emergency preparedness and response.