Morocco World News
Fez, April 14, 2013
An earthquake of low magnitude has shaken the cities of Azrou and Ifrane, Imouzzer in the middle atlas mountains on Sunday evening. The tremor was of magnitude 4,3 MI and thankfully no casualties, nor material damages have been reported.
People in the cities shaken by the earthquake were taken aback by the tremor, which took place around 9.43 pm Moroccan time (GMT).
“I was sitting on my desk and I clearly felt the earthquake. I know it was an earthquake even if I never experienced that before. My chair was vibrating during 5 or 6 seconds and I heard like a heavy object falling in the above floor,” an inhabitant of Ifrane wrote on Earthquake Report following the tremor.
“I was sleeping, and I felt from the bed,” wrote another one.
Taking into account that the latter happened late at night, many will certainly not be able to spend a restful night.
On 14 February 2011, an earthquake of similar magnitude struck the province of Azilal. Another earthquake of low magnitude struck the cities of Rabat, Fez, Sefrou, Sale, Meknes, Tangier, Sidi Kacem and Ouazzan on February 18, 2012.
The last time an earthquake of high magnitude took place in Morocco, was on 24 February 2004 when the city of Al Houceima, in the north of the country was shaken by a tremor of magnitude 6,4 MI.
At least 628 people were killed, 926 injured, 2,539 homes destroyed and more than 15,000 people were left homeless.