The death toll resulting from Morocco’s most devastating earthquake in decades has now reached a grim count of 1,037, as reported on Saturday.
This natural disaster has left a trail of destruction in its wake, causing panic among residents and tourists who were forced to seek safety in the dead of night.
According to state television, the interior ministry has confirmed that over 1,200 individuals sustained injuries in the earthquake, which struck Morocco’s High Atlas mountains late on Friday night.
The seismic event, measuring 6.8 in magnitude, originated in the mountainous region approximately 72 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of the popular tourist destination, Marrakesh, precisely at 11:11 pm local time (10:11 pm GMT) on Friday, according to data from the US Geological Survey.
The impact of the quake reverberated in the coastal cities of Rabat, Casablanca, and Essaouira as well.