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Death toll crosses 1,000; 12th Century mosque in Marrakech suffers damage

Morocco Earthquake Live Updates, 9 September 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered “all possible assistance” to Morocco.

MoroccoMorocco Earthquake Live Updates: A view shows damage at an old mosque in the historic city of Marrakech, following a powerful earthquake in Morocco, September 9, 2023. (Reuters)

Morocco Earthquake Live Updates, 9 September 2023: Over 1,000 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck Morocco’s High Atlas mountain late Friday night, destroying buildings and sending people fleeing from their homes. More than 1,200 people were injured.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered “all possible assistance” to Morocco, in a tweet on Saturday morning.”Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to an earthquake in Morocco. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the people of Morocco. Condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. India is ready to offer all possible assistance to Morocco in this difficult time,” PM Modi said.

Moroccan media reported that the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, one of the city’s most famed landmarks, suffered damage, but the extent was not immediately clear, Reuters reported. Its 69-meter (226-foot) minaret is known as the “roof of Marrakech.

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People gather on a street in Casablanca, following a powerful earthquake in Morocco, September 9, 2023. REUTERS/Abdelhak Balhaki

Over 630 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck Morocco’s High Atlas mountain late Friday night, destroying buildings and sending people fleeing from their homes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered “all possible assistance” to Morocco, in a tweet on Saturday morning.”Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to an earthquake in Morocco. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the people of Morocco. Condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. India is ready to offer all possible assistance to Morocco in this difficult time,” PM Modi said.

“Earthquakes originating deep inside the earth spread much wider as they move towards the surface. As a result, they are felt even far away. The energy carried by an earthquake declines with its depth, but its sphere of influence increases, as long as there is an effective medium for propagation of the waves. The terrain in Afghanistan extending into northern India has lots of solid rock which is conducive to wave propagation,” said Ajay Paul of the Dehradun-based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.

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First published on: 09-09-2023 at 13:26 IST

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