Marrakech - An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale struck Agadir, Morocco, at 9pm yesterday.
Marrakech – An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale struck Agadir, Morocco, at 9pm yesterday.
The tremors could be felt as far afield as Fez, Marrakech, and Essaouira, according to the National Institute of Geophysics of the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research.
The tremor, which lasted only a few seconds, was felt with varying degrees of intensity in parts of Marrakech, but not in others. Lights went out three times in the Massira area of Marrakech.
Agadir last suffered an earthquake of 5.7 magnitude on the Richter scale in October 1960, which left 12,000 dead and 12,000 more injured, and more than 35,000 people homeless.
The significant destruction then was the result of the narrow concentration of the earthquake combined with ancient construction methods, especially in the old Kasbah. The 1960 quake was the worst disaster caused by an earthquake recorded in Morocco.