2000 dead and counting amid fears of aftershocks in Morocco earthquake tragedy

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2000 dead and counting amid fears of aftershocks in Morocco earthquake tragedy

Rescuers are scrambling to find survivors under the rubble after a huge earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people. The epicenter was in a remote mountainous region southwest of Marrakesh, where entire villages have been flattened. The Moroccan army has cleared one of the main roads to the worst-affected areas, allowing vital assistance to reach people.

Morocco’s devastating 6.8-magnitude earthquake which struck the country late on Friday night has claimed over 2,000 lives, making it the deadliest the country has seen in decades.

Around 1,404 others remain in critical condition. The earthquake struck at around 11:11 p.m. local time (6.11 p.m. ET). The epicenter was in the High Atlas mountains, about 72 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of Marrakech, a popular tourist city of about 840,000 people.

Not since 2004 has the country seen a comparable disaster, when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the port city of Al Hoceima That earthquake left around 630 people dead and caused widespread damage. Morocco’s worst earthquake of modern times was in 1960 near the western city of Agadir which killed at least 12,000 people.

There was also significant damage in the popular tourist city of Marrakesh, and tremors were felt in the capital Rabat, and in Casablanca. Fearing aftershocks, many Moroccans have opted to stay outdoors for a second night, sleeping on the streets