EERI’s Learning From Earthquakes (LFE) program is currently monitoring the impacts of the destructive M 6.8 earthquake that struck near Oukaïmedene, Morocco at 11:11 pm local time on Friday, September 8. According to Moroccan authorities, the earthquake caused more than 2,600 deaths and 2,500 injuries. Significant structural damage, including many building collapses, occurred in rural communities in the Atlas mountains as well as in the city of Marrakesh. The EERI community extends its sympathy to the victims as rescue and relief work continues.
If you have information to share, are part of an organization that is planning to conduct earthquake reconnaissance, or wish to be updated on opportunities to participate in LFE activities responding to this earthquake, please share information via the Google form here.
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Selected media coverage of the earthquake:
- Earthquake in Morocco (live updates, New York Times)
- ‘My neighbours dug for me with bare hands’: Morocco earthquake survivors grapple with loss and chaos all around (The Guardian)
- Mapped: Morocco earthquake that killed over 2,000 and levelled buildings in Marrakech (The Independent, quoting EERI Board Member Jonathan Stewart)
- What we know three days after Morocco’s devastating earthquake (Al Jazeera)
More information will be shared about LFE's response as it develops.