A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Morocco on Friday evening, killing greater than 1,000 individuals and devastating a area the place many weak buildings have been unable to resist the shaking.
The epicenter was about 35 miles west of Oukaimeden, a well-liked ski resort within the Excessive Atlas Mountains, in keeping with the United States Geological Survey. Rubble crammed alleyways in Marrakesh, a UNESCO World Heritage website, and homes have been flattened in villages within the countryside.
Round 1.8 million individuals dwell within the space that skilled sturdy shaking, the place the chance of harm is highest, in keeping with a New York Instances evaluation of shake depth information from the U.S. Geological Survey and inhabitants density information from WorldPop. About 3 million extra individuals skilled reasonable shaking.
Marrakesh, the most important metropolis within the zone that skilled sturdy shaking, has one of many nation’s most densely populated medinas, historical mazelike neighborhoods on the heart of many Moroccan cities.
Though a lot of southern Morocco, the place the quake struck, is rural, the area’s cities and cities are sometimes very densely populated.