Powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake rattles Morocco


The earthquake struck late Friday evening, with the epicentre 72 kilometres west of Marrekesh, a major economic centre.

A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake has shocked Morocco, sending pulses from Marrakesh to Rabat.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that the epicentre of the quake was approximately 72 kilometres (44 miles) from Marrakesh, the fourth largest city in the country.

No immediate reports of casualties were available. But videos and images shared on social media showed clouds of dust and piles of rubble, as walls buckled under the force of the quake.

Other posts depicted residents running for safety, out of local buildings and onto the street.

The earthquake took place shortly after 11pm local time (22:00 GMT), according to the USGS.

This is a breaking news story. More details to follow.

Source: Thanks AlJazeera.com