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Death toll from Morocco earthquake rises to 820

14:36, Saturday, 09 September, 2023
Death toll from Morocco earthquake rises to 820

The death toll from a strong earthquake that struck Morocco Friday night has risen to 820, said the country's Interior Ministry on Saturday.

The earthquake has also injured at least 672, according to the latest update from the ministry.

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Morocco Friday at 11:11 p.m. local time (2211 GMT) at a depth of 18.5 km, said the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the earthquake was near the town of Ighil in Al Haouz Province, some 70 km southwest of Marrakesh.

The earthquake was felt in many cities across Morocco, including Rabat and Casablanca. Many houses collapsed in the cities of Taroudant and Marrakesh, local media reported.

Death toll from Morocco earthquake rises to 820
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