632 killed, over 300 injured after powerful earthquake strikes Morocco

An aftermath of the earthquake in Morocco. [Photo: X/GhanaYesu_]

At least 632 people have died after a powerful earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck central Morocco, the Interior Ministry confirmed on Saturday.

The number of injured stood at 329, state media reported on Saturday, citing an updated initial casualty toll from the Interior Ministry.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre was in the High Atlas Mountains, 71km southwest of Marrakesh, at a depth of 18.5km, the BBC reported.

The quake struck at 11.11 pm and videos on social media showed people fleeing on the roads, damaged buildings and rubble-strewn streets.

The tremors were also reportedly felt in the capital Rabat, some 350 km away from the epicentre, as well as the cities of Casablanca and Essaouira.

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