At least 820 people killed in Morocco earthquake

At least 820 people killed in Morocco earthquake

A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 has struck central Morocco, killing at least 820 people, the country’s interior ministry said.

The epicentre was in the High Atlas Mountains, 71km (44 miles) south-west of Marrakesh, at a depth of 18.5km, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at 23:11 local time (22:11 GMT) on Friday. There was a 4.9 aftershock 19 minutes later.

People died in Marrakesh and several areas to the south, according to the ministry.

Many of the victims are believed to be in remote areas, BBC reported.

The interior ministry said the earthquake killed people in the provinces and municipalities of al-Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua and Taroudant, adding that at least 329 people have been injured.

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