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Morocco earthquake: death toll passes 2,400, historic Marrakesh buildings damaged

Most of the casualties from the massive tremor were in an area south of Marrakesh.
A resident navigates through the rubble following a 6.8-magnitude quake in Marrakesh on September 9, 2023. A powerful earthquake that shook Morocco late September 8 killed more than 600 people, interior ministry figures showed, sending terrified residents fleeing their homes in the middle of the night. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Morocco declared three days of mourning after a massive earthquake struck the country late Friday night, killing more than 2,400 people and damaging historic buildings in the North African nation of 37 million. The earthquake affected an area stretching from Marrakesh, a top destination for international travelers, all the way to the Atlas Mountains.

Morocco’s Interior Ministry said Monday that at least 2,497 people had died and more than 2,476 others were injured, in the 6.8-magnitude tremor, the most powerful to have hit the country in decades. 

According to initial reports, more than half of the fatalities from the earthquake were in an area south of Marrakesh. Experts speaking to the UK's Sky News said the death toll could climb "to the thousands."

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