VIDEO/ At least 1,000 dead after 6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Morocco


A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Morocco late Friday night, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring more than 1,200 in three provinces, damaging buildings and historic sites and blocking roads.

Morocco’s Interior Ministry said Saturday morning that many had been killed in the provinces of Al Haouz, Marrakech and Ouarzazate.

In an earlier update, the ministry said most damage occurred outside cities and towns.

The powerful earthquake damaged buildings in major cities and sent panicked people pouring into streets and alleyways from the capital Rabat to Marrakech, the county’s most visited tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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