A devastating earthquake in Morocco claims the lives of 296 people, inflicting extensive damage and causing widespread panic.

A powerful earthquake struck Morocco late on Friday night, resulting in significant damage and a tragic death toll of at least 296 people, as reported by the country’s Interior Ministry and Associated Press.

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Videos shared by citizens showed buildings reduced to rubble, historic landmarks like the red walls surrounding Marrakech’s old city damaged, and tourists evacuating restaurants amidst screams of panic. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.8, struck 44 miles southwest of Marrakesh at a depth of 18.5 kilometers at 11:11 pm (2211 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey, causing structural damage and power outages.

Discrepancies in measurement arose, with Morocco’s National Seismic Monitoring and Alert Network registering it as a 7 on the Richter scale, while the US agency reported a magnitude 4.9 aftershock 19 minutes later. Earthquakes are relatively uncommon in North Africa, with the last significant one occurring in 1960 near Agadir, causing thousands of casualties.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences for the earthquake’s victims and offered assistance to Morocco, stating, “Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to an earthquake in Morocco. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the people of Morocco. Condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. India is ready to offer all possible assistance to Morocco in this difficult time.”

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