The army recovers the corpses of earthquake victims, in Tafeghaghte, Morocco, 09 September 2023. EFE/EPA/JALAL MORCHIDI

Over 2,000 killed in Morocco after powerful magnitude-7 earthquake

 (Update: Casualty figures updated)

Amizmiz, Morocco, Sep 9 (EFE).- The death toll from the massive magnitude 7 earthquake that struck western Morocco has surpassed 2,000, with more than 2,000 injured, officials said Saturday.

The latest toll from the Moroccan Interior Ministry, released at 10 pm, said that at least 2,012 people were killed by the quake, which struck at a depth of 8 kilometers (5 miles) shortly after 11 pm Friday night.

The epicenter was about 80 km southwest of the city of Marrakech.

Injured people are transported from the health center of Amizmiz to Marrakech, Morocco, 09 September 2023, following an earthquake. EFE/EPA/JALAL MORCHIDI
People walk near the rubble of damaged buildings following an earthquake in Marrakesh, Morocco, 09 September 2023. EFE/EPA/JALAL MORCHIDI
Rescue workers take part in a rescue operation in a damaged building following an earthquake in Marrakesh, Morocco, 09 September 2023. EFE/EPA/JALAL MORCHIDI

Of the 2,059 injured, 1,404 were in serious condition.

Most of the deaths so far have been recorded in Al Haouz province, which borders Marrakech to the south, where at least 1,293 people have died. More than 452 people were killed in Taroudant and 191 deaths were recorded in Chichaoua.

The interior ministry has asked people to remain calm, and said that security and civil protection forces from all the affected regions were being mobilized for rescue and relief efforts.

Several buildings in the old center of Marrakech, known as the Medina, were severely damaged.

Eye witnesses EFE spoke to said the earthquake was also felt in the northern towns such as Larache, 550 kilometers from the epicenter, as well as in Casablanca and Rabat, 300 and 370 kilometers away, respectively.

The international community, including the African Union, the Arab League, the European Union, France, Israel and Turkey, have sent their condolences and pledged their assistance to help Morocco recover from the disaster. EFE