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Death toll from Morocco earthquake rises to 2681, more than 2500 injured



Late Friday, Morocco was hit by a powerful earthquake that caused damage to buildings in major cities and prompted frightened residents to rush into streets and alleyways from Rabat to Marrakech.

As of now, there are no reported casualties.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake initially registered at a magnitude of 6.8 when it struck at 11:11 p.m. However, Morocco’s National Seismic Monitoring and Alert Network measured it at 7 on the Richter scale.

Fluctuations in initial measurements are typical, but either reading would mark Morocco’s most powerful earthquake since 1960, when a magnitude 5.8 quake hit close to Agadir, resulting in thousands of fatalities.

The epicenter of Friday’s tremor was located in the highlands of the Atlas Mountains, south of Marrakech and west of Oukaimeden, a well-frequented Moroccan ski resort. It was also in proximity to Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.

Videos shared by Moroccans depicted some buildings reduced to rubble.

Additionally, tourists and onlookers posted videos of individuals evacuating restaurants in Marrakech while pulsating club music blared in the background.

Reports have been received of feeling the effects here in Portugal.

Gambia national team are currently staying ahead of the Sunday AFCON qualifiers against Congo.

The players are said to be safe and currently outside their hotel.

Below, is a statement from the team’s camp.

“A tremor was felt at our team hotel this Friday evening following a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that hit several parts of Moroccan cities and surrounding countries within the Maghreb.

“The Gambia national team, the Scorpions, are lodged in the heart of Marrakech, one of the cities affected by the quake as we prepare for our final African Cup of Nations qualifiers here against Congo on Sunday.

“The entire Gambian delegation, including playing and non-playing staff, are all safe and sound with not even the slightest of injuries recorded on any member. We’re now outside of the hotel rooms as we await further advice and directives from the Moroccan authorities.”

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.